Teeth whitening gel instructions

August 20, 2020
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The active ingredient in the gel that causes the whitening is carbamide peroxide. This ingredient breaks down into hydrogen peroxide, which acts as an oxygenating agent causing oxygen to enter the enamel and dentin (the outers layer of your teeth) to break up deposits lodged in your tooth structure.

This whitening acts only on the molecules that carry the discoloration and its affects will depend on the strength and duration it is in contact with your teeth.

The strength of this active agent is limited by safety concerns. Your tooth structure remains unchanged, only the tooth surface is made lighter. Porcelain restorations and white fillings will not usually whiten.

Brush you teeth twice a day with a desensitizing toothpaste that contains potassium nitrate and fluoride to decrease tooth sensitivity while you whiten.
Make sure any gum tissue cuts or scratches are healed.
Before and after pictures will be taken.
View Whitening video.
Brush and floss your teeth before putting in your bleaching trays
Apply a small thin line of gel or a drop in each tooth indentation for a total of 10-12 drops into each of the tooth imprints in the tray.
DO NOT OVERFILL THE TRAY
Insert the tray into your mouth and seat the tray firmly against your teeth, be sure not to push all the gel out
Wipe the excess material from your gum with your finger or dry toothbrush
Try to wear the trays about 2-3 hours per day or for convenience sake you can wear the trays over night (the gel loses 80% of its activity after 2 hours of being in your mouth)
Rinse your mouth after removing the trays and brush away any remaining gel
Clean the tray with a toothbrush and warm water, hot water will damage the tray; dry carefully and store in the tray holder in a cool, dry place
Fill your tray with professional strength fluoride and wear for about 2-5 minutes following the whitening. Make sure you remove all the fluoride and avoid swallowing any of the fluoride
AVOID EATING, DRINKING OR SMOKING while the whitening tray is in place
Don’t use any household or other whitening products to whiten your teeth
Keep out of reach of children
Keep away from direct sunlight
Maximum results are achieved when the process is continued for 14 nights
You should AVOID stain-causing beverages such as coffee, tea, coke for several days after the procedure, because your teeth may more readily absorb stain at this time.
Try using a straw.
Utilize automated toothbrushes and whitening toothpastes.
After 2-4 weeks your teeth are probably bleached as much as possible
The area of the tooth closest to the gums may take longer to whiten than the biting edge and will continue to remain the darkest part of the tooth
Renew the whitening as needed (every 3-6 months), by re-applying the gel in the tray and wearing the tray with the get for 2-3 hours for two to three applications
Rinse your tray after each use Daily brushing, flossing.

10% of patients might experience some discomfort to their teeth, gums, lips, or throat and increased sensitivity to cold, heat, or pressure during the whitening process.

This sensitivity is short lived and usually ends a day or two after the treatment is completed. If any of these symptoms occur and are more than mild, and you have persistent discomfort, discontinue the treatment until you can contact Dr. Peterson at 436-3491. These symptoms usually reside 1-2 days after interrupting the treatment.

can develop in 15-20% or more of patients just from wearing the tray alone!

If you do develop sensitive teeth try these things:

If restorations are planned for the anterior (front) part of your mouth it is advisable to accomplish the whitening first, then match the new restorations to the now bleached teeth. You will need to plan to wait three weeks or longer after whitening before starting these restorative procedures.

The whitening process may cause some temporary dehydration of the teeth. This dehydration may appear as white spots or striations on the teeth. These spots will disappear within 1-2 weeks after completion of the whitening process. Because a tooth is translucent, and because of light reflection the same tooth can look a different color under a different light. This is why is is difficult to tell patients exactly how many shade changes they may reach with the whitening procedure. Teeth all respond differently. But remember this general rule to match the whites of your eyes for the most natural look. #

Comments
Restorations will NOT bleach and you need to be informed about the cost of replacement
2/3 of these people will experience some sensitivity for 1-4 days; usually reversible upon termination of bleaching
Guarded prognosis, may reduce amount of
"masking: required for future
Discoloration in gingival third or exposed yellow Guarded prognosis for whitening
Pregnant or lactating No know adverse effects but avoid use as a precautionary measure
Consider bleaching one arch and monitor comfort
Translucent teeth May appear darker after bleaching
Replace amalgams to avoid "greening effect"
Noncompliance or unrealistic expectation Determine realistic whitening results****

Usually we cannot predict the effectiveness of whitening for each individual patient. The degree of whitening is variable because each person’s reaction to the procedure is individual.

But your own long term results will depend on if you smoke, drink coffee/tea/red wine and if you have good dental health habits.

Depending on your oral health habits you may need "touch-up’ treatments at regular intervals You can periodic re-treat at home to maintain the desired color and shade. To help keep your teeth white, don’t forget to see us twice a year!

Source: www.dentalgentlecare.com
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