Teeth Whitening Aftercare

The White Diet

After a teeth whitening treatment, the pores of your enamel are open and this makes them extra vulnerable to any stains which can reverse a lot of the whitening benefit from your treatment. Follow the White Diet for 24-48 hours after a teeth whitening treatment. Once the pores close, which usually happens within 24-48 hours after the procedure, you can resume your normal habits. An easy rule to remember is anything that would stain white fabric; Avoid it!

Remember though the more staining your diet the faster you will re-stain your teeth. Taking care with what you eat will keep your smile whiter for longer.

Non-Staining Beverages:

  • Water
  • Sparkling Water
  • Milk

Beverages to AVOID:

  • Lemonade, Orange Juice, any Acidic Fruit Juice
  • Tea and Coffee
  • Colas and other Fizzy Drinks
  • Energy Drinks

Non-Staining Alcoholic Drinks:

  • Vodka
  • Gin
  • White Wine
  • Champagne

Alcoholic Drinks to AVOID:

  • Red Wine
  • Stout or Dark Beer
  • Coloured Mixed Drinks
  • Coloured Cocktails
  • Dark Spirits

Food you can have:

  • Chicken
  • Turkey
  • White Fish
  • White Rice
  • White Pasta
  • White Sauce
  • Cauliflower
  • Cottage Cheese
  • Potatoes (NO skin)
  • Bananas
  • Peeled apples

Foods to Avoid:

Try to avoid foods with colour.  The more colourful, the more likely it can stain your teeth.

  • Coloured fruit and vegetables ie Capsicum, Carrots and Orange Fruits and Vegetables
  • Broccoli, Spinach and Green Vegetables
  • Dark and Milk Chocolate
  • Rye and Dark Bread
  • Tomatoes and Red Sauces such as Spaghetti Sauce
  • Curries and Pickles
  • Beetroot
  • Berries
  • Butter and Margarine
  • Coloured Lollies

Additional Information

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.  Acific 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, at least try and reduce the frequency.  Alcohol also reduces your resolve to avoid food which may stain your teeth.

USE SMUDGE-PROOF LIPSTICK.  Use smudge-proof lipstick to keep lipstick from getting on your teeth because regular lipstick can stain teeth.  Also avoid tinted lip balm.

For longer lasting results, be sure to follow The White Diet during and after every teeth whitening even a treatment with a home touch up kit.

You may have a follow up treatment in 4 months if you desire.  Keep in mind the more regularly you have a teeth whitening treatment the smaller the results of the treatment will be as there are not as many stains to bleach.