Can I Drink Wine after Teeth Whitening?

By Steven Kail on January 02, 2016

A woman with white teeth holding a glass of wineTeeth whitening can dramatically improve the appearance of your smile in as little as one treatment. Although professional teeth whitening is a simple, fast procedure, the whitening results can be reversed if patients don’t take good care of their teeth after treatment. If you have undergone teeth whitening treatment, be prepared to avoid wine and other dark-colored foods and drinks for a few days after treatment. At Premier Dental Center, we explain how long should you wait and what you can do after treatment to keep your smile looking its brightest white. To learn more about wine after teeth whitening, contact our Jackson, TN practice today.

How Long Should I Wait to Drink Wine after Teeth Whitening?

The teeth are most prone to staining immediately following whitening treatment. This is because teeth whitening treatment temporarily opens the pores of the teeth, leaving them vulnerable to discoloration. Avoiding red wine and other dark-colored foods and drinks is important in the first 48 hours after teeth whitening. Although red wine should be avoided for about two days after whitening, white wine won’t stain the teeth.

Other Foods and Drinks to Avoid

Red wine is not the only thing to avoid after teeth whitening treatment. Any dark-colored food or drink can lead to dental staining and should be avoided immediately after teeth whitening treatment. If a food or drink would stain your clothes, it will stain your teeth. Some foods and drinks to be most aware of include:

  • Blueberries
  • Blackberries
  • Tomato sauce and juice
  • Colorful popsicles
  • Beets
  • Soft drinks
  • Grape juice
  • Spinach
  • Tea
  • Coffee
  • Red wine

Tips to Prevent Dental Staining

You can help prevent dental staining and prolong the brightness of your teeth after whitening treatment by following these tips.

  • Avoid dark-colored foods and drinks: Any dark-colored food or drink will increase the risk of dental staining. Avoid foods and drinks that are dark, bright, or rich in color.
  • Drink with a straw: Drinking with a straw can help limit a beverage's contact with the teeth. Drinking tea, iced coffee, or sodas with a straw can help reduce the risk of dental staining.
  • Don't swish drinks around your teeth: Avoid swishing wine or other dark-colored drinks around your teeth.
  • Rinse the mouth with water after eating: Rinse your mouth with water after eating and drinking and in between brushing to help remove discoloring food and drinks from your teeth.
  • Practice proper oral hygiene: Practicing proper oral hygiene is crucial to maintaining a healthy, white smile. Brush at least twice a day and floss at leas once a day to remove plaque and food remnants. Also, be sure to see you dentist for regular check-ups and cleanings.

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