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What to know before, during, and after whitening treatments

April 19, 2022

Brush with fluoride toothpaste before your whitening treatment. If you tend to have sensitive teeth you can also use a prescription fluoride toothpaste from your dentist or a sensitivity toothpaste like sensodyne. You can also take up to 600mg of ibuprofen prior to your visit.

You may experience a tingling, numbing or cold sensation on the teeth. Your lips may also feel slightly dry during the procedure. We will place a safety material for your gum and lips to protect them. We will take pre-op and post-op shade as well as pictures to compare before and after.

Remember it is normal to have some sensitivity after whitening treatments. You should avoid any extremely hot or cold food/beverages as well as any food that can stain easily for at least the first 48 hours (i.e. coffee, red wine, tea, tomato sauce, dark spices). If you are someone who needs to drink coffee, try to drink it very light and drink it through a straw followed by a rinse with water. You may see white or cloudy spots on the teeth, which typically disappear within days as the teeth rehydrate. Continue to brush and floss your teeth regularly with fluoride toothpaste.

If you are using at-home whitening trays after your treatment using a small amount of whitening material in each tray. Place the tray in your mouth and remove any excess whitening gel with your finger or brush. Wear for the amount of time recommended by your dentist. After using the trays, rinse them with room temp water (hot water can damage the trays).

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