In Office Whitening – After Care

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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]

Real Patient Reviews

Real Patient Reviews

I have been going to this practice for several years now. I seemingly never have to wait when I arrive at the office and they are all very professional. Dr. Hartlieb and Dr. Ching have been terrific. In addition to doing great dental work, each has a great rapport with their patients. All of their assistants have been top notch as well.

- Neil H.

I recently met with Dr. Ching to have some dental work done, and had an exceptional experience at this office! I usually hate going to the dentist, but this experience was different–this office is hands-down, THE nicest dental facilitiy I have ever seen.

- Shaun F.

This dental office is something I haven’t seen before. I had many past dental experiences at other dental offices (unfortunately not good) and finally I found Chicago Beautiful Smiles. Dr. Hartlieb had helped me restore my teeth to a beautiful smile.

- Natasa R.

I am a loyal patient for over (yikes!) 20 years because I appreciate the time, skill and patience of the entire team. As proof of my gratitude, I live in the city and reverse commute every six months for my appointment.

- Dennis H.

Dr. Hartlieb is by far the best dentist I have ever been to. He has transformed my smile into something of beauty. In fact, many people comment on how beautiful my teeth are who do not even know that I have had major dental work performed. I used to never want to smile that large before, but now I smile as big as possible when photographed.

- Fran L.

I always have a great experience when I go to Chicago Beautiful Smiles. The staff is amazing and Dr. Hartlieb and Dr. Ching are extremely knowledgeable and friendly. The facility is incredible and I feel like I’m being treated with the best technology in the dental industry. Go to Chicago Beautiful Smiles for a consultation and I guarantee you will go back time and time again. It does not get any better in the Chicago area.

- Antonio S.

I had a great experience with Dr. Ching – very professional and thorough in his craft. I had been seeing my previous dentist for the past 15 years; however, I am ready to make the permanent switch to Chicago Beautiful Smiles. Dr. Ching is great at explaining the procedures he was performing and made my visit comfortable.

- Brian M.

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