Post Op Instructions
Bleaching (Teeth whitening) is designed to lighten
the color of your teeth. Significant lightening can be achieved in the
vast majority of cased, but the results cannot be guaranteed. When
done properly, the whitening will not harm your teeth or gums.
However, like any other treatment, it has some inherent risks and limitations. These are seldom serious enough to discourage you from having your teeth
whitened, but should be considered when deciding to have the treatment.
Just about anyone is a
candidate for teeth whitening. However, people with dark yellow or
yellow-brown teeth tend to whiten better than people with gray or bluish-gray teeth. Multi-colored teeth, especially if stained due to tetracycline, do not whiten
very well. Teeth with many fillings, cavities, chips, etc., are
usually best treated by bonding, porcelain veneers or porcelain crowns.
WHAT TO EXPECT WHILE YOU ARE WHITENING YOUR
WEARING YOUR WHITENING TRAY
If you choose home whitening, it will only be effective if you conscientiously wear the tray for the prescribed
number of hours for one to three weeks.
If you experience any severe discomfort or other problems,
discontinue the bleaching and contact us immediately. Most
sensitivity usually transient and disappears after one to several days.
During the first 24 hours following whitening, some patients
experience transient sensitivity. This sensitivity is usually mild
if your teeth are not normally sensitive. With power whitening,
this sensitivity will usually subside in 1-2 days. With home
whitening, it may be necessary for you to reduce the number of hours you are wearing the bleaching tray or stop
using it for several days to resolve sensitivity.
However, if your teeth are normally sensitive,
whitening may make your teeth more sensitive for an extended period of time. Under these circumstances, you may choose to delay the whitening process until
we are able to complete desensitization procedures.
If your teeth are sensitive after whitening, a mild
analgesic such as Tylenol or Advil will usually be effective in making you more comfortable until your tooth
sensitivity returns to normal.
This is a result of a small amount of solution leaking under the
gum protection. A burning sensation on your gums may also
occur. This should resolve by itself between a few hours to a few
With home whitening, irritation can result from using the tray for too many hours when you first start
whitening. It may be necessary for you to reduce the number of
hours you wear the tray or stop using it for a few days to resolve these gum problems.
C. EFFECT ON
Tooth-colored fillings will not whiten. If the filling matches your current color, bleaching will result in
miss-matched shades with your natural teeth. You may need to have
your old fillings replaced to match your newly whitened teeth.
COMPLETION OF TREATMENT
A. LEVEL OF
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.
Following completion of whitening, pigments found in food and drinks will
re-stain your teeth, commonly called bleaching relapse. To help
prevent relapse, stop smoking and avoid foods that stain your teeth.
December 3, 2009
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