Client Instructions - After Care

The first 24 - 48 hours following your teeth whitening treatment are critical. Your teeth are still porous from the teeth whitening leaving them temporarily susceptible to staining. Up to 48 hours, avoid any foods and drinks that will stain. Here are a few tips to follow to keep your teeth gleaming!

  • Avoid dark, colorful beverages such as coffee, tea, dark sodas, red wine, and colorful drinks. Your teeth may absorb these colors after your teeth whitening procedure.
  • Here's a tip, drinking liquids that may stain through a straw helps maintain your white color.
  • Some foods to avoid are red sauces, red foods, such as spaghetti sauce, soy sauces and dark sauces, dark chocolate, colorful berries, dark soups and stews, slushies, and colorful popsicles. 
  • If you do eat any of these foods in the first couple of days after your  treatment- brush your teeth or rinse your mouth out with water immediately after eating. This will help rinse off any color that may stain.
  • Apart from teeth whitening foods and liquids to avoid, cigarette smoking should be avoided 24 - 48 hours after treatment ends. It's nicotine content stains the teeth and blackens them. Moderate use of electronic cigarettes is OK.

How long the results last are shown to be up to 3 years! But this depends on your habits. If you expose your teeth to staining agents such as tobacco, colas, tea, red wine, coffee, etc. on a regular basis, your whitening results will not last as long. Once you have achieved the level of white you desire, it is up to you to maintain your bright, white smile. It takes just as long to stain your teeth again as it did in the first place. 

If you are worried your white smile is fading, ask us about touch-up treatments to retain your desired shade!

Managing Whitening Sensitivity


Although rare, some people may experience sensitivity in teeth during the first 24 hours after the whitening treatment.  If you happen to experience sensitivity, remember that it is temporary, typically minor and gone within 24 hours.

Here are our top tips for dealing with sensitivity after teeth whitening-

  • Avoid very hot and cold foods/drinks as these cause your nerves to expand and shrink which may also cause higher sensitivity.
  • SensodyneTM toothpaste may also ease discomfort. Let some sit on your teeth for a few minutes and repeat as needed.
  • If you can't bear the discomfort, anti-inflammatories like Ibuprofen can help you manage, but you should always speak to your doctor prior to using.
  • If your sensitivity lasts longer than 48 hours after your treatment, talk to us about it! We can find a solution that works best for you. We can advise you on reducing the amount of time your treatments last or how often you should whiten, so you can continue to have white and bright teeth.