Take Home Teeth Whitening Post-Op
Instructions for using take-home teeth whitening:
Make sure that you have your whitening gel and trays ready to go. Before starting your teeth whitening regimen, thoroughly brush and floss your teeth. After removing the cap from the whitening syringe tip, express the content evenly into the deepest portion of the tray. Try to place the gel towards the facial (front facing) side of the tray. Apply the whitening gel according to the manufacturers recommendation.
Seat the tray completely and firmly over your teeth. At first, use a soft toothbrush, or clean finger, to gently remove excess gel that flows beyond the tray’s edge. Adjust the amount after first bleaching so that you know exactly how much you need.
Wear your whitening trays for the recommended time as per the manufacturer. After the prescribed time, remove the tray from your mouth. Brush and rinse the residual gel from your teeth as well as the whitening trays. Do not swallow rinsed gel. The tray should be removed prior to eating and/or drinking liquids. DO NOT smoke while bleaching your teeth.
Dos and dont’s during teeth whitening:
- Do not use whitening gel while pregnant or lactating
- Don’t eat while wearing your whitening trays
- Avoid all tobacco products while wearing your trays
- Don’t expose the whitening gel syringe to heat and/or sunlight
Teeth are naturally darker along the gum line. These areas may require more time to lighten than the rest of the tooth surface and usually remain slightly darker.
Will my teeth be sensitive afterwards?
A small percentage of patients experience sensitivity when bleaching their teeth. If this happens, we recommended that you bleach your teeth every second or third day. Try using a fluoride treatment in your custom tray on the days you don’t bleach. Also, consider using a desensitizing toothpaste such as Sensodyne to help with the tooth sensitivity.
Maintaining your whitening results:
Food and juices high in citric acid can cause sensitivity to the teeth. Coffee, tea, red wine, tobacco and other foods and drinks can re-stain your teeth over time. Should this occur, reapply your trays for a few nights. Some patients redo their whitening treatment on a monthly basis. It’s up to you how frequently you want to whiten your teeth, so long as your not damaging your teeth or gums in the process. You may purchase additional bleach gel refills from our office.