Congratulations! You’ve just experienced a revolutionary tooth whitening procedure. The next 48 hours are important in enhancing and maximizing your whitening results for a long lasting, bright and healthy smile.
- Some patients experience tooth sensitivity or pain following a whitening procedure. Patients with existing sensitivity, recession, exposed dentin or roots, cracked teeth or leaking fillings may find that those condition increase or prolong pain and sensitivity. If the sensitivity becomes severe, or lasts for more than 24 hours, please call our office.
- Take pain medications as prescribed for pain relief. Do not take medications that you are allergic to. If antibiotics are prescribed, continue to take them for the indicated length of time, even if signs and symptoms of infection are gone.
- The enamel of the teeth becomes dehydrated and porous after a professional whitening procedure. For the next 48 hours dark staining substances such as soy sauce, red wine, cola, berries, mustard, ketchup, tobacco products, coffee and tea should be avoided. (If it stains your clothes, it will stain your teeth.)
- Consistent and thorough daily oral hygiene is essential to the proper maintenance of your whitening. Brushing, flossing and rinsing with recommended products are critical. Use any recommended or prescribed products as directed by your Dentist or Dental Hygienist.
- The use of an automated toothbrush is recommended. Please ask about the products offered at our office.
Follow Up Treatment
- It is important to return for regular check ups and cleanings to maintain your whitening and your general oral health.
- If you were given custom trays and an at-home whitening kit, please use it as directed by your Dentist or Dental Hygienist to maintain the results of your whitening treatment.
Following most dental procedures there may or may not be pain, depending on the patient’s threshold of pain. You will be provided with a prescription for appropriate medication for discomfort. In most cases, a non-narcotic pain regimen will be given consisting of acetaminophen (Tylenol) and ibuprofen (Motrin). If a narcotic has been prescribed, follow the directions carefully. If you have any questions about these medications interacting with other medications you are presently taking, please call our office, your physician and/or your pharmacist.
IF FOR ANY REASON YOU ARE CONCERNED ABOUT YOUR CONDITION, NOTIFY DR MORRIS OR A MEMBER OF OUR OFFICE STAFF BY CALLING OUR OFFICE AT (780) 790-0088. For emergencies after hours, please call Northern Lights Regional Health Centre at (780) 791-6161