What Food And Drinks Should I Avoid After a Cosmetic Dentistry Treatment?

Having that picture-perfect smile people dream about doesn’t always come naturally. A lot of the time, it takes some cosmetic dentistry procedures to get your teeth to look the way you want.

Luckily, thanks to modern dentistry, you have lots of different ways to enhance your smile:

  • Teeth whitening
  • Dental bonding
  • Veneers
  • Crowns
  • Dental implants, etc.

But if you go through all the trouble of getting a cosmetic dentistry procedure, you likely want to make sure you can enjoy your smile for a long time. As a result, there are certain foods you might want to avoid after getting one of these procedures.

Here are the top foods and drinks to avoid after a cosmetic dentistry treatment:

1. Extremely Hard Foods

Hard foods like nuts or popcorn kernels won’t damage your new teeth right away, but over time they can lead to chips and cracks, especially if you have veneers or dental bonding. When you do eat these foods, try to chew them with your back molars instead of your front teeth to protect your smile.

2. Staining Beverages Like Coffee or Tea

If you get your teeth whitened, it’s best to either limit your consumption of coffee or tea or drink these beverages through a straw to protect your teeth. These drinks are notorious for staining teeth.

3. Candies

If you have a sweet tooth, you might want to limit your consumption of sticky, gummy, and hard candies.

Sticky and gummy candies can stick to your teeth and cause a lot of damage down the line, while hard candies increase your risk of tooth chips or cracks if you start chewing on them. In general, the less sugar you eat, the healthier and more beautiful your smile can remain.

4. Fruit Juices

Speaking of sugar, orange juices and most other fruit juices come with a high sugar concentration, even those that market themselves as 100% natural or organic. If you drink lots of these juices and donțt brush your teeth right after, you are increasing your risk of cavities tremendously. 

And if you get cavities and have veneers, for example, the dentist may even need to remove the veneers in order to remove the cavity.

5. Berries, Tomatoes, and Other Staining Fruits and Veggies

While delicious, most berries and tomatoes will, unfortunately, stain your teeth, so be mindful when eating them. Try to at least cleanse the mouth with water after a meal to remove as many of these food particles as possible, and preferably brush your teeth as soon as you can.

Interested in Cosmetic Dentistry? We Can Help

If you want to enhance your smile, Dr. Melanie Villalobos and Dr. Margaret Meadows are here to help you with expert cosmetic dentistry services designed to get you the look you want.

Book an appointment at ​​Coronado Dental Associates online to get started.

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