Everyone’s teeth have a protective layer called the acquired pellicle. During the whitening process, this layer is temporarily removed and your teeth are more susceptible to staining. It takes 12-24 hours for the barrier to fully develop again. During this period we ask that you avoid the items listed below.


Foods to avoid for the next 24 hours:    

  • red wine
  • coffee
  • dark colas
  • red sauces
  • mustard or ketchup
  • soy sauce, A-1 sauce
  • smoking
    **Or anything that would stain a white shirt**

Foods ok to consume for the next 24 hours:

  • milk, water, clear soda
  • bananas, apples (no peel)
  • white bread, flour tortillas
  • oatmeal, cream of wheat
  • plain yogurt, white cheese, sour cream
  • white rice, baked potato
  • plain pasta and white sauce

You may also experience some tooth sensitivity during this period. If you do have any sensitivity symptoms, you may take whatever you would normally use for a headache.

  • Whitening works best on yellow, stained teeth. Gray teeth are more difficult to whiten, or may not respond to treatment. Such cases may require porcelain or composite veneers to achieve the desired result.
  • Long term results vary from patient to patient. This can depend on many factors including habits such as coffee, tea, wine or cola consumption and smoking.
  • At Home whitening trays will be needed to maintain your new color. These may be used once a month or once every six months, depending on your habits (smoking, coffee, etc.). Touch-ups should require only wearing the trays once or twice to bring back the brightness.
  • If you have any questions, please call our office at (847)729-6080 or email us at [email protected]