After Care Instruction
The White Diet
Follow the White Diet for 24-48 hours after a teeth whitening treatment. Remember that after a teeth whitening treatment, the pores of your enamel are open and this makes them extra vulnerable to any stains. Once the pores close, which usually happens 24-48 hours after the procedure, you can resume your normal habits.
NON-STAINING ALCOHOLIC DRINKS:
FOOD YOU CAN HAVE:
Potatoes (NO skin)
BEVERAGES to AVOID:
Lemonade, Orange Juice, Any Acidic Fruit Juice
Tea and Coffee
Colas and Other Fizzy Drinks
ALCOHOLIC DRINKS TO AVOID:
Stout or Dark Beer
FOODS TO AVOID:
Try to avoid foods with color. The more colorful, the more likely it can stain your teeth.
Carrots and Orange Fruits and Vegetables
Broccoli, Spinach and Green Vegetables
Tomatoes and Red Sauces such as Spaghetti Sauce
Butter and Margarine
Avoid extremely hot or cold liquids. These are dangerous to your white smile because they change the temperature of your teeth. This temperature change (hot and cold cycling) causes teeth to expand and contract, allowing stains to penetrate your teeth. Try cutting down on these types of drinks (including coffee and tea) or try drinking them with a straw to reduce the amount of time they are in contact with your teeth.
Avoid foods and drinks that are acidic. Acidic foods and beverages open up the pores of the tooth enamel allowing stains to more easily penetrate your teeth. Use a straw to help minimize the contact of these substances with your teeth.
Cut back on drinking and smoking. Frequent consumption of alcoholic drinks and heavy smoking can reverse the effects of teeth whitening. Many alcoholic drinks such as wine have tannins that can stain the teeth. The same goes for the nicotine in tobacco. If you cannot quit drinking and smoking entirely, at least try to do it in moderation or lessen the frequency.
Use smudge-proof lipstick. Use smudge-proof lipstick to keep lipstick from getting on your teeth because regular lipstick can stain teeth.