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How Long After Teeth Whitening Can I Drink Coffee?

Written by Fernanda Elizalde

July 21, 2022

Medically Reviewed

By Dr. Brian Harris, DDS

Is that morning cup of joe causing coffee stains on your teeth? People who drink coffee regularly develop dental stains over time. Undergoing teeth whitening treatment can help lift stubborn stains off your tooth enamel.

Professional whitening treatments and at-home teeth whitening kits are a safe and effective way to address dental discoloration caused by dark-colored foods and beverages.

Actual patients can still drink coffee while maintaining their pearly whites.

This article will cover ways to enjoy drinking coffee after teeth whitening treatments.

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Drinks that cause discoloration

There are many tasty beverages that, unfortunately cause tooth discoloration. In general, you'll want to avoid dark-colored foods and beverages to maintain whitening results.

Here are some of the most popular dark drinks that cause stained teeth.

Coffee

Hot coffee and iced coffee will stain your teeth. The rich color plus frequent consumption is a formula for yellow or brown-stained teeth.

Soda

Dark-colored on intense-colored sodas such as Coca-Cola, Dr. Pepper, and Mountain Dew can also compromise a whiter smile. The dark food coloring can seep through your tooth enamel and change the color of your teeth.

Red wine

Red wine is one of the most popular libations. People love to consume fine wine with dinner or at social gatherings. However, when red wine is consistently consumed consistently, it will tint your teeth over time. Try switching to white wine or rosé to maintain a white smile.

Sports drinks

Orange, blue, and lime green colored sports drinks will also cause tooth discoloration. Many sports drinks are also packed with acids that weaken your tooth enamel. This makes your teeth more susceptible to cavities and decay. Sports drinks are also high in sugar, which is bad for your teeth since sugar helps bacteria grow in your mouth.

When can I drink coffee after teeth whitening treatment?

After your teeth whitening treatment, hang tight on drinking coffee and other dark-tinted beverages. Teeth whitening procedures don't last forever, however, there are ways to prolong a bright white smile.

Wait 48 hours

The good news is that you don't have to give up drinking coffee; you have to be patient.

Whether you've had a professional teeth whitening treatment or you've whitened your teeth at home, many dentists recommend that you wait 48 hours before drinking coffee.

After a teeth whitening treatment, your teeth are more porous and sensitive. The bleaching agents in these treatments make you more susceptible to dental discoloration. Preserve tooth color by waiting a few days after your whitening treatment.

It takes 48 hours for your tooth enamel to remineralize and build up its defenses again. After this waiting period, you're free to enjoy drinking coffee again.

You'll also want to avoid stain-causing foods such as tomato sauces, sticky candies, curry, beets, and berries.

Tips for keeping your teeth white after drinking coffee:

It's par for the course for coffee drinkers to struggle with surface stains. Since most coffee connoisseurs have a morning cup of jo every morning, the likelihood of developing stains is higher.

Thankfully, there are ways to take certain precautions and minimize coffee stains to enjoy drinking coffee. After you've waited 48 hours and you're ready to indulge in caffeine again, here are a few tips to drink coffee after teeth whitening treatments.

Use a straw

One way to enjoy coffee and drink other dark beverages is to use a straw. A straw helps reduce staining since the liquid bypasses the teeth. This allows you to enjoy dark beverages while allowing your teeth whitening results to last longer. Enjoy an iced latte with a straw, and for hot coffee, try a thermos with a built-in straw or buy the smaller straws designed for hot liquids.

Practice good oral hygiene habits

Practicing good oral hygiene will help minimize stains and keep teeth whiter. Brush your teeth twice a day with a whitening toothpaste and floss every day. You'll also want to brush your teeth immediately after drinking coffee.

Using a whitening toothpaste will keep your smile white in between treatments. Whitening toothpaste also contains polishing agents that help scrub away stains gently.

When rounding out your dental care routine, look for products that have bleaching agents such as hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide. These whitening agents help reduce stains and whiten teeth. Peroxide-based products come in mouthwashes, whitening gels, toothpaste, and strips.

Rinse with water

If you're unable to brush your teeth immediately after drinking coffee, drink water and swish it around to help reduce stains. This helps neutralize acids and sway away sitting liquids. It will buy you some time before you can brush your teeth.

Visit the dentist regularly

Visit your dental practice regularly to get your teeth cleaned and examined. This will help teeth whitening results last longer. You can also visit a cosmetic dentistry office to have your teeth professionally whitened. Many offices offer flexible set availability and work with your schedule.

Enjoy coffee in moderation

Another way to keep your teeth white is to reduce the amount of coffee you drink. Drinking too much coffee increases your chances of developing stains on your teeth. You'll also need more frequent whitening treatments, which can make your teeth more sensitive. Ideally, you should have only one to two cups of coffee a day.

Summary

You can still enjoy the benefits of drinking coffee, even after a teeth whitening treatment. You'll need to wait 48 hours after a whitening treatment to ensure coffee stains don't re-tinge your pearly whites. Thankfully, there are ways to enjoy coffee and other dark-pigmented beverages with straws, a good hygiene routine, and regular visits to the dentist.

In general, it's good practice to limit foods that cause teeth stains to avoid dental discoloration. You'll also want to avoid habits such as smoking and excessive alcohol consumption to keep your teeth healthy.

Schedule your next dental appointment to ensure your oral health is in good standing.