Tooth Whitening After Care

Jun 25, 2014   //   by Bituin   //   After Care  //  No Comments

Congratulations on your beautiful new smile!  All of us here at Dentista, Inc. would like to thank you, for letting us change your smile & life!  If your friends wonder why you are smiling so much, tell them about us.  We look forward to serve you or anyone you refer to us in the future with the same courtesy and respect.

  1. Bleaching (Teeth whitening) is designed to lighten the color of your teeth.  There is no reliable way to predict how light your teeth will whiten.  With power whitening, one session usually significantly whitens your teeth.  Some patients require an additional session.  With home whitening, this may take two to four weeks or longer of repeated applications.
  2. Upon completion of the teeth whitening process, the color will “tone down” somewhat.  This is normal and actually looks more natural. The final shade will be seen 2 weeks after the procedure.  Just about anyone is a candidate for teeth whitening.  Teeth Whitening works best on yellow stained teeth.  Gray teeth are more difficult to whiten, or may not respond to treatment. Such cases may require porcelain veneers to achieve the desired result.
  3. Long term results vary from patient to patient.  This can depend on many factors including habits such as smoking or coffee, tea, wine, or cola consumption.
  4. “Touch-up” treatments may be needed every 6 months.  This can usually be accomplished in 1 treatment of 1-2 hours each.
  5. Existing fillings, crowns, bonding, etc. will not whiten.  Therefore, these restorations may need to be changed in order to match your new smile.
  6. The first 48 hours are most important in maximizing your whitening results for a long lasting, bright, healthy smile.  Avoid foods and beverages that could stain, such as:  coffee/tea, tobacco products, ketchup, cola, soy sauce, red sauces.
  7. During the first 24-48 hours after whitening treatment, some patients can experience some tooth sensitivity or pain.  This is normal and is usually mild, but it can be worse in susceptible individuals. Normally, tooth sensitivity or pain following a whitening treatment subsides within 24 hours, but in rare cases can persist for longer periods of time in susceptible individuals.  People with existing sensitivity, recession, exposed dentin, exposed root surfaces, recently cracked teeth, micro-cracks, open cavities, leaking fillings, or other dental conditions that cause sensitivity or allow penetration of the gel into the tooth may find that those conditions increase or prolong tooth sensitivity or pain after whitening treatment.
  8. For the first 24 hours, use potassium nitrate for sensitive teeth.  This helps to minimize sensitivity.  Afterwards, it is required that you have fluoride treatment to help remineralize your teeth.
  9. Use the prescribed whitening toothpaste from your dentist as maintenance after tooth whitening.
  10. Whitening may cause inflammation of your gums, lips or cheek margins. This is due to inadvertent exposure of a small area of those tissues to the whitening gel or the ultraviolet light. The inflammation is usually temporary which will subside in a few days but may persist longer and may result in significant pain or discomfort, depending on the degree to which the soft tissues were exposed to the gel or ultraviolet light.

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