What to Expect—Teeth Whitening
Learn about what to expect before, during, and after your teeth whitening session.
It is recommended to have had a dentist checkup and/or a cleaning within at least a year before your appointment. You should not do teeth whitening if you have gingivitis of any kind of cavities that have not been filled. Teeth whitening is not permitted to anyone who is pregnant or under the age of 12. Before the appointment please lightly brush your teeth. Be prepared to lay down or sit for 20-45 minutes.
You will be given a gel filled whitening tray to place into your mouth and then you get comfortable for anywhere from 20- 45 minutes. It is completely normal for you to feel a slight tingle in the gums. It is rare, but if at any point you feel discomfort and choose you no longer want to continue we are able to stop the process at any point. Any discomfort you may feel after the whitening or some tingling will not last for more than 24 hours. Once you have completed the session, you will remove the tray and rinse with water.
It is not recommended to eat anything for one hour after your teeth whitening session. You can drink but water only is recommended. For the next 24 hours after your appointment you should stay away from any sort of staining food such as red wine, tomato sauce, etc. You should refrain from smoking as well. Any discoloration on your gums will go away within 24 hours of your session. The best way to maintain your pearly whites is to purchase a aftercare kit and/or a special gel pen. This gel pen is easy to use and only takes minutes.
Please be advised that everyone can experience different results. It is entirely up to your genetics of how white your teeth are capable of becoming. For some it is recommended to do more than one session in order to achieve the desired results. Teeth whitening can be done as often as 36 hours after your last session. You are able to get your teeth bleached/whitened as often as every 3-6 months in order to maintain the desired whiteness. This will depend on your lifestyle, drinking and eating habits.