Tooth Whitening Tips You Need to Know

Many people that come into North Dallas Denture Center are looking for cosmetic dentistry. Dr. Roe sits down with everyone that walks through the door and creates a treatment plan that is right for them. After they have their dental work accomplished, many are interest in tooth whitening.

When you want professional teeth whitening done, this is what you need to know about the process.

All Dental Works Needs to Be Completed

Before you start the whitening process, all of your dental work will need to be completed by Dr. Roe. This is to ensure that the bleaching agents do not compromise your oral health issues. Once you are ready for the next step, we will let you know.

Impressions Are Taken in Our Dallas Dental Office

After your dental work is completed, we will take impressions of your top and bottom teeth to create whitening trays. One of our assistants will mix up the impression material and place it in the mold, and then hold it in your mouth firmly.

Pick Up The Whitening Trays At North Dallas Denture Center

We will let you know when your whitening trays are ready to be picked up in the office. You can take a moment to try on the trays to make sure that they fit properly. Our assistant will go over all of the information about how to use the whitening gel.

Only a Small Amount is Needed

When you use professional whitening gel, you will only need a small amount. You will place a small drop in each tooth indent of your whitening tray. Many people choose to only whiten the teeth that are visible. Therefore, they do not both with their molars.

Press the Trays On Your Teeth and Wipe Away Excess

Once you put the trays in your mouth, you will want to press them firmly against your teeth. This will spread the gel around your teeth where it needs to go.

Be sure to wipe away any excess gel the moment it gets on your gumline. The gel is potent enough that it can burn your gums if it comes in contact with it.

Where Trays For Prescribed Period of Time

We will tell you how long you should wear the trays before you take them off. Do not exceed the time that we recommend or you might experience more sensitivity.

Tooth Sensitivity is Normal

Many people deal with tooth sensitivity when they whiten their teeth. If this occurs for you, you can add a bead of Sensodyne toothpaste in your trays after you rinse out the whitening gel. Place the Sensodyne trays on your teeth about 30 minutes. That will really help to reduce the sensitivity that you are experiencing.

Stay Away From Staining Liquids and Foods

It is important that you stay away from staining liquids and foods. When you are whitening your teeth, you can cause your teeth to look darker if you do not avoid coffees, teas, sodas, berries, and smoking.

If you are going to eat and drink those things, use a straw as much as possible. Straws are not always a good idea with hot liquids, so be sure to brush your teeth and rinse with water right after.

Most people reach their tooth whitening goals after 5-7 days. You can wear the trays as many days in a row as you like. If you experience serious sensitivity, you should consider whitening less often.
If you have any questions, be sure to let us know. We will gladly answer you and schedule you for a consultation when you are ready.

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