Care After Tooth Whitening

A very small percent of bleaching patients may experience tooth sensitivity to hot and/or cold. If this occurs, discontinue bleaching and contact the office for further instructions. While it is unlikely to occur, if any burning or blistering develops while bleaching, immediately discontinue bleaching and rinse your mouth. You may cover the affected area with toothpaste. Call the office as soon as possible for further instructions.

Bleaching is not effective on all teeth. Some teeth will remain resistant to attempts to bleach. Cosmetic resin bonding, porcelain laminate veneers, or crowning the teeth may be the only way to correct some stains. Some teeth will bleach unevenly. There is no way to consistently predict this occurrence. It is fair to state that if your teeth have uneven coloration to begin with they will bleach unevenly. Bleach is not effective on fillings. Old fillings will not bleach along with your teeth and may appear darker after bleaching of your teeth. You may want to replace them to match the new color of your teeth.

During the bleaching process, try to avoid foods that discolor teeth. We recommend using a straw while bleaching for any beverages that may cause discoloration.

Duration of the lighter shade of your teeth is unknown. Personal anatomy, environment, and habits all have an effect on the longevity of the bleached appearance. The bleaching process can be repeated periodically to maintain the lighter shade.

Do not bleach within three weeks of any fillings you are scheduled to receive. The bleach may interfere with the bonding agents used to glue your fillings in place.