Why do I need to be careful after my teeth whitening?

Congratulations on getting your teeth whitened! Keep in mind, the next 48 hours are very important in enhancing and maximizing your whitening results. Our teeth have a protective layer called the acquired pellicle. This layer contains the surface dental stains and is removed during dental cleaning or whitening process. Typically, it takes 12 to 24 hours for the barrier to fully restore itself. Therefore, it is important to be very careful for the first few days to make your whitening effects last.

Instructions for the first 48-hours

What you do for the first 48 hours after your whitening determines how long the results will last. As such, it is important that you do not consume staining substances including:

  • All tobacco product
  • Colored lipstick
  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Red wine
  • Tomatoes, grapes and other staining fruits and vegetables
  • Soft drinks
  • Potato chips
  • Mustard and ketchup
  • Berries
  • Red sauces
  • Soy sauce

Remember that you must not use any colored toothpastes or gels for the first 48 hours. In addition, do not use any colored mouthwash or home fluoride treatments. If your daily homecare involves the use of Perio-Rx or any Chlorahexidine products, wait 48 hours before continuing the usage of these products.

If post-operative sensitivity occurs, try chewing sugarless gum to reduce the peroxide levels or take an Advil or Tylenol. Additionally, consider using a desensitizing toothpaste like Sensodyne if your teeth become very sensitive.

Food & drink recommendations for the first 48 hours

Main Entrée Suggestions: Turkey, white tuna (no vinegar), white fish, canned chicken breast, chicken breast without the skin, grilled cheese with white cheddar or mozzarella cheese, pasta with white sauce such as alfredo.

Side Dish Suggestions: Plain pasta, white rice, mashed or baked potato (no peel).

Beverage Suggestions: Milk, water, clear soda (sprite) or tonic.

Alcohol Suggestions: Gin or Vodka (no orange juice). White wine is ok.

Fruits & Vegetable Suggestions: Apples, bananas, pears (no peels) and cauliflower.

Snack Suggestions: Cottage cheese, plain or vanilla yogurt, snack wells vanilla cookies, vanilla pudding, white cheese, white cheddar or mozzarella.

Condiment Suggestions: Mayonnaise, sour cream and white gravy.

Carbohydrate Suggestions: White bread (no crust), flour tortillas (white), crackers.

Breakfast Suggestions: Pancakes with white syrup, egg whites, oatmeal, cream of wheat.

If you have questions or concerns about your whitening treatment, give us a call at (949) 481-2540. If you are experiencing unusual sensitivity or pain, discontinue your whitening treatment and come see us immediately.

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