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Tooth Bleaching/Teeth Whitening:
It’s common for teeth to be sensitive for a few days after office bleaching. Patients might describe this sensitivity as a momentary tingling or stinging sensation. This is a common post-procedural symptom that usually goes away within a few days.
After the bleaching procedure, use a fluoride mouthwash like “ACT” or “Fluorigard,” or a fluoride toothpaste like “Fluoridex,” several times a day, for one week. Avoid tobacco, coffee, tea, and dark-colored sodas and staining foods. If you must indulge, drink a glass of water immediately afterward to minimize staining effects.
At-Home Bleaching Kits:
Teeth are naturally darker along the gum line. These areas require more time to lighten than the rest of the tooth.
Some patients experience sensitivity with bleaching. Should this occur, bleach every other night. You may also use the whitening during the day for 1–3 hours at a time.
Foods and juices high in citric acid can cause teeth sensitivity.
Some patients notice temporary discomfort of the gums, lips, throat, or tongue. Should any of these symptoms persist for more than two days or progressively worsen, call our office. The side effects will usually subside within 1–3 days after treatment is discontinued.
Coffee, tobacco, and other products can restain your teeth over time. Should this occur, the teeth can be rewhitened with a few nights.
Regular dental checkups and cleanings are important before and after teeth whitening to maintain a healthy smile.
Old amalgams (silver fillings) may leave a dark purple color in your whitening tray.
Some patients notice “blotching” of the teeth after removing the teeth-whitening gel; do not be alarmed: this is normal and will go away within 30–60 minutes.