The potential risks of teeth whitening are listed below:
- There is a risk of sensitivity especially for patients with preexisting sensitive teeth.
- The solutions used in whitening may result in irritation or ulceration to the gums.
- After the whitening process you need to ensure that you avoid eating or drinking food (e.g red wine, tea, coffee, curry, green spinach etc ) that may stain your teeth so as to ensure that your teeth remain white longer (however you may need touch up kit once every 9 to 12 months to ensure whiteness).
The following are instructions to help you maintain and enhance the results:
- Avoid dark-coloured foods and beverages as well as smoking for at least a week after whitening. Whenever possible, sip dark-coloured beverages with a straw.
- Tooth bleaching can cause a temporary increase in tooth sensitivity to temperature.
There are several ways in reducing whitening sensitivity in teeth:
- Avoid acidic and citrus drinks and spicy foods as well as extreme hot or cold temperature foods.
- Use toothpaste for sensitive teeth.
- Take pain reliever medication if necessary.
- Touch up kit – Apply the gel into the customised trays and insert them over your teeth after 5 days for 5-7 hours per day. You may wish to wear the trays overnight for convenience. After you have completed the touch up procedure, you may store the remaining gel in a refrigerator. You may wish to repeat the touch up procedure every 6-9 months or for 3 days before an important event that you wish to have whiter teeth for. (Whitening Gel refills may be purchased at our clinic).
- Teeth will always be lighter than they were before. To keep your teeth looking their best, we recommend flossing, brushing twice daily, and schedule 6 months routine checkup Scaling and Polishing.