How long after using the at-home teeth bleaching trays or after in-office teeth whitening should I avoid staining foods?

Q: I had professional whitening done on my teeth on Saturday. My dentist told me to continue to bleach my teeth during the following week with the trays. I avoided staining foods for 48 hours and am trying to eat primarily white food, but it’s been about a week now, and I’d like to resume drinking tea (without a straw). Is it okay to do that while still using the at-home trays?

A: It is best to avoid foods that cause staining after you just did teeth whitening or teeth bleaching, such as blackberries, blueberries, or other staining drinks, such as red wine, coffee, and tea, for at least a week. Keep in mind that any food that can stain your white shirt can also stain your teeth!
However, be informed that since the enamel ( the outer layer of your tooth) is POROUS, it can get stained and darkened over time. Your pearly whites will stay longer if you practice a good oral hygiene regimen, such as brushing and flossing after each meal. Unfortunately, there are so many preservatives and food-staining additives in our foods that, eventually, the whitening will need touch-ups or redo, depending on your dietary habits and hygiene regimen.
You must know that teeth bleaching is never permanent; for more permanent teeth whitening, there are more choices, such as porcelain veneers, in which the color of the porcelain is stable, and there will be no staining to the dental veneers since there is no porosity. For more info on teeth whitening and teeth bleaching, click here:

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