Teeth Whitening Post-Procedural Instructions

This article provides patients of Smile Science Dental Spa with essential post-procedural instructions following in-office teeth whitening. By adhering to these guidelines, patients can ensure the best possible results and maintain their newly brightened smiles.


Immediate Post-Procedure Care

  • Sensitivity Management: It’s common to experience tooth sensitivity after whitening treatments. Use sensitivity toothpaste and avoid very hot or cold beverages for the next 48 hours.

  • Gum Care: If your gums feel irritated, rinse your mouth with a saltwater solution (1 tsp of salt in a cup of warm water) thrice a day.

  • Activity Restrictions: For the rest of the day, avoid vigorous physical activity as increased blood flow can intensify sensitivity.

Diet and Consumption

  • Foods and Beverages: For the first 48 hours, steer clear of foods and drinks with dark pigmentation such as coffee, tea, red wine, berries, and tomato sauce to prevent staining.

  • Smoking and Tobacco: Abstain from smoking or using tobacco products for at least 24 hours as they can yellow your teeth.

Oral Hygiene

  • Brushing and Flossing: Wait at least an hour after the procedure to brush your teeth. Thereafter, brush gently with a soft-bristled toothbrush twice a day and floss once daily.

  • Mouthwash: Avoid alcohol-based mouthwashes for a couple of days as they can cause irritation.

Follow-Up Care

  • Touch-Up Treatments: Discuss with Dr. Dawson or Dr. Turke the recommended schedule for touch-up treatments to maintain your results.

  • Regular Check-Ups: Continue with your scheduled dental check-ups and cleanings to ensure long-lasting whiteness.

Managing Expectations

  • Whitening Results: It’s important to have realistic expectations. Teeth will be significantly whiter but may not become the “perfect white”. The degree of whitening will vary between individuals.

Possible Side Effects and Solutions

  • White Spots on Gums: If you notice white spots on your gums, do not be alarmed. These typically resolve within a few hours. Avoid poking or touching the affected areas.

  • Throat Irritation: If the whitening agent is accidentally ingested, it may cause throat irritation or mild stomach discomfort. Drink plenty of water and contact us if the irritation persists.

Questions and Concerns

If you have any questions or concerns following your teeth whitening procedure, please do not hesitate to contact Smile Science Dental Spa. Our team is here to assist you and ensure your oral health is maintained.

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