Teeth Whitening Post Care Instructions
After teeth whitening, post care for your newly whitened teeth include:
- avoiding dark-colored foods and beverages as well as smoking for at least a week after whitening. Whenever possible, sipping dark-colored beverages with a straw.
- practicing good oral hygiene, brushing and flossing after meals and at bedtime
- follow-up or maintenance whitening when color shades start to fade
Tooth Whitening sensitivity
Tooth bleaching can cause a temporary increase in tooth sensitivity to temperature, pressure and touch. Some individuals experience spontaneous shooting pains or “zingers” down the middle of their teeth.
Individuals at greatest risk for whitening sensitivity are those with gum recession, significant cracks in their teeth or leakage resulting from faulty restorations.
Whitening sensitivity normally lasts no longer than a day or two, but in some cases whitening sensitivity may persist up to a month. If so, toothpaste containing potassium nitrate for sensitive teeth may be recommended for use.
If there is whitening sensitivity in teeth post tooth whitening treatment , there are several ways in reducing whitening sensitivity in teeth:
a) avoid acidic and citrus drinks and spicy foods as well as extreme hot or cold temperature foods
b) use toothpaste for sensitive teeth
c) take pain relieve medication where necessary