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What should I do after my in-office teeth whitening?

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The next 48 hours are very important in enhancing and maximizing your whitening results.

First off, congratulations on getting your teeth whitened! Now, keep in mind that 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 protective layer is removed during teeth 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 as long as possible.

What should I avoid after my teeth whitening?

It is important that you avoid consuming staining substances, which include:

  • All tobacco products
  • 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 not to use any colored toothpaste or gels for the first 48 hours. In addition, do not use any colored mouthwash or home fluoride treatment either. If your daily oral care involves the use of Perio-Rx, Listerine or Chlorhexidine, 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 recommendation 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 additional concerns regarding your whitening treatment, give us a call at (949) 481-2540. If you’re experiencing unusual sensitivity or pain, discontinue your whitening treatment and contact us immediately. To learn more about teeth whitening treatment, click on the following links:

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