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Home Care Instructions: Whitening

We recommend that you AVOID the following for the next 24 hours:

  • Red wine
  • Dark sodas
  • Coffee/tea
  • Red sauces
  • Mustard
  • Ketchup
  • Soy sauce and A-1 sauce
  • Smoking
  • Any other substances that would stain a white shirt

Here are some drinks and foods that you can consume for the next 24 hours:

  • Milk
  • Water
  • Clear soda
  • Bananas and apples (not the peels!)
  • White bread
  • Flour tortillas
  • Oatmeal and cream of wheat
  • Plain yogurt
  • White cheese/sour cream/cottage cheese
  • White rice
  • Baked potatoes
  • Plain pasta with white sauce
  • Turkey
  • Chicken breast (no skin)
  • White fish

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 veneers to achieve the desired improvements. Also, keep in mind that long-term results vary from patient to patient. This can depend on many lifestyle factors, including exposure to coffee, tea, wine, soda, or smoking.