Teeth Whitening Do's and Don'ts

The Do's

 

Use  this general rule for the next 24 hours: “Avoid eating or drinking anything that would stain a white shirt”. 

 

 

The Don'ts


Consume the follow items for the next 24 hours: 

Red Wine 

Coffee or Tea 

Red Sauces 

Soy Sauce 

A-1 Sauce 

Dark Colas 

Berries 

Mustard or Ketchup 

Tobacco Products

 

 

Take Home Teeth Whitening Kit Instructions

We provide this information to give you insight into take the home kit whitening procedure. Significant whitening can be achieved in many cases, but there is no definite way to predict how light your teeth will get. Please kindly read patient instructions below for better understanding of the take-home kit whitening procedure. 

 

PROCEDURE 

  1. Before inserting trays, brush and floss teeth thoroughly. Also, brush the custom trays so they are clean. 
  2. Dry the tray. Be sure not to flex the tray too much while cleaning. 
  3. Load the tray with the whitening gel. Express the gel evenly into the deepest, outer most portions of the trays. 
  4. Use a very small amount. A large amount is not needed. Seat the trays completely onto the teeth 
  5. Gently press the tray with a clean finger to adapt the soft tray material against the teeth on the inside (tongue) and the outside (lip) edges of the tooth/gum area. Pressing too firmly will express too much gel out of the tray. 
  6. Wipe off excess gel with a clean finger or a dry toothbrush. Do not disturb the trays when wearing by lifting with tongue, fingers, etc. Take care not to bite with pressure on the tray. This may cause excess solution to seep out and set on gum tissue resulting in a tissue burn. 
  7. Remove trays after wearing the appropriate amount of time. Brush teeth thoroughly with toothpaste. Rinse twice; do not swallow rinsed gel. Brush tray gently with soft brush and rinse with cool water. 
  8. On average, treatment should take 5-7 days depending on patient’s goals, stains, and comfort.

 

POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS

 

Tooth Sensitivity - Often times patients will experience increased sensitivity to cold during treatment. Acidic citric foods may increase sensitivity temporarily. If any of these symptoms occur and are more than mild, are persistent, please stop using the product and feel free to call us at 6282 0122.

 

Gum and Soft Tissue Irritation  - Some patients have reported temporary discomfort during whitening, such as gum and/or tooth sensitivity, tongue and lip soreness, throat irritation, or moderate, continuous teeth pain.  These side effects almost always resolve in 1-3 days after interruption or completion of treatment. If gum tissue becomes whitish, please discontinue whitening treatment until gum tissue resumes normal color. To relieve your gum and soft tissue from discomfort (if it is felt),  try rinsing your mouth with warm salt water.

 

Fillings and Other Dental Restorations – Tooth colored fillings (composites), composite veneers/bondings, porcelain crowns, and/or porcelain veneers will not whiten at all or evenly with your natural teeth during this procedure. It may however be able to remove certain stains (tobacco) from the surface of these restorations. All dental restorations that show when you smile may need to be replaced at your expense. Please be sure to discuss this with the dentist prior to beginning treatment.

 

Decalcified, Traumatized, Antibiotic Discoloration - Teeth discolored by antibiotics, decalcification (white spots) root canal therapy, or trauma do not always respond predictably, and may require additional treatment other than whitening.

 

Maintenance after Teeth Whitening 

  • Avoid dark foods or drinks that may stain for at least 24 hours after whitening. Eg. Coffee, tea, red wine, tobacco, dark berries . For a longer lasting effect, dark foods and drinks that may stain your teeth should be avoided or minimized on a regular basis. 
  • Keep and store the whitening agent out of heat or direct sunlight at all times as the bleaching agent will chemically break down. You may store extra material in the refrigerator.