What Foods to Avoid After Getting Professional Teeth Whitening?

December 19, 2022 5:33 pm Published by hands holding a mug of tea

At our office, we’re proud to offer professional teeth whitening. We use custom teeth whitening trays that provide a striking, even shade of whiteness in around one hour. After you get your teeth whitened, there are certain foods and drinks you’ll want to avoid. Here are some examples:

Coffee & Tea

Coffee is both dark and acidic. Coffee also contains tannins, which make color compounds stick to your teeth and leave a yellow shade. Wondering if tea is a better option? Tea may have a lighter color, but tea leaves actually contain way more stain-causing tannins. You can reduce a beverage’s staining effect by using a straw and rinsing your mouth with water after drinking.


The pigments, acid, and tannins in red wine contribute to staining. White wine is a lighter color, but it has a higher acid content. What does acid have to do with staining? It softens your tooth enamel, making your teeth easier to stain.

Tomato Sauce & Curry

Tomato and curry-based sauces have vibrant colors and lots of acids. This makes it much easier for them to stick to your teeth and cause stains. Because tomato and turmeric (the spice that gives curry its color) have nutritional value, you shouldn’t cut them out of your diet altogether. Adding vegetables and dark leafy greens to tomato and curry dishes can help prevent staining.


Berries like blueberries, blackberries, and raspberries have acid, sugar, and dark pigments. They stain your teeth in their fruit form, as well as their juice and jelly/jam forms. Berries are one of the healthiest foods you can eat, but it is best to avoid them for a little while right after getting your teeth whitened.

Professional Teeth Whitening at Chandler Dental Center in San Antonio, Texas

Dr. Chandler and the team love helping patients get the smiles of their dreams. Professional teeth whitening is a safe and highly effective way to brighten your teeth. By being careful about what you eat and drink, you can keep your teeth whiter for longer. Results typically last between six months and two years. If you have questions or want to schedule a consultation, please contact us today!

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