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You decided to spoil your smile with a professional teeth whitening treatment. You’re loving your newfound confidence and the renewed brightness of your pearly whites. Finding an excuse to smile is easy as you enjoy sharing its radiance.

Teeth whitening is not permanent. Touch-ups will be needed from time to time to retain the brightness of your teeth. However, there are ways to keep the sparkle in your smile for longer.

One of the main ways to protect the whiteness of your smile from fading is watching what you eat.

Foods That Can Cause Staining
Many of the foods and drinks that can stain the smile have intense color pigments that can attach to the enamel—the white, outer part of the tooth. Acidic and tannin-rich foods and beverages are also culprits.

If you want to retain the beautiful brightness of your smile, avoid the following foods and beverages:

– White and red wine
– Sports drinks
– Black teas and coffee
– Carbonated beverages (both light and dark-colored sodas)
– Strongly-colored foods
– Berries
– Curry, tomato, and soy sauces

Those who avoid staining foods and beverages may be able to wait a year, or even longer, before having to get another whitening treatment or a touch-up. On the other hand, people who expose their teeth to the above foods and beverages may notice their bright smile fading in as little as a month.

Dr. Barbara Lewis-Heywood and our team in Rio Rancho, New Mexico, are more than happy to give you advice on keeping your pearly whites bright and radiant! Please contact our dental office at 505-219-0594 today to schedule your next visit with our dentist. We look forward to your call!