What is teeth whitening?
Teeth whitening or dental bleaching is a safe, effective and inexpensive way to whiten and brighten the colour of your teeth. The procedure involves wearing a custom made tray that fits over your teeth into which the special bleaching solution is placed. The tray is usually worn during the night although it can be worn during the day if desired.
Whitening Kit Instructions
If you have been provided with your tooth whitening kit the following information will ensure that you use it correctly to obtain the best results.
- You should have been provided with your upper bleaching tray with a box of four syringes of whitening agent. The lower tray and a further four syringes will be provided at your next review appointment in two weeks.
- Some individuals suffer from recurrent oral ulceration (aphthous) and occasionally multiple ulcers may be caused by the Herpes virus.
- Dispense a small amount of whitening agent into the inside of the tray as instructed by your dentist. Do not overfill as it will only be expelled into your mouth and wasted.
- Place the loaded tray over the teeth before retiring in the evening. Ensure that your teeth have been cleaned prior to this. Wear the tray overnight.
- In the morning, remove the tray and wash out the contents with warm water, using your toothbrush if necessary. Clean your teeth as normal. Keep the trays safe in the box provided.
- Repeat this process every night until you have used up the solution.
- Stop the bleaching if you have any concerns and contact your dentist.
DO – keep a log of the number of nights you have worn the trays as you will need to repeat this for the lower arch. Keep the whitening agent in a cool place. Stop the process if you have reached the desired level of whitening before the four syringes have been used. Stop the process if you notice any patches or bands appearing on your teeth.
DON’T – Don’t drink tea, coffee or red wine or eat berries, curries or any other foods with intense colouring during treatment and preferably for up to a month following treatment. Don’t smoke during treatment. Don’t bleach your teeth if you are pregnant.
- Sensitivity – this is common and will pass. You can try bleaching on alternate days or place a densitising toothpaste into the tray and wear for an hour each day.
- Sore gums – slight irritation is normal. If you are experiencing severe discomfort, contact your dentist.
- Swallowing – the whitening agent is harmless but to avoid ingestion do not overfill the trays.
- Patches – these will disappear during the whitening process, however notify your dentist.
Enlighten Whitening can whiten up to 16 shades. Results vary, but if used correctly all teeth will whiten dramatically. Natural teeth rarely look too white. Sometimes very white crowns can look wrong because they are made of porcelain.
No, sometimes you may need to change some of these after whitening.
It is completely safe. The materials used in Enlighten Whitening have been used in dentistry for over 100 years. You may get some sensitivity, however your dentist will give you easy to use desensitising swabs to take home, which will work immediately. You will also receive a tube of Tooth Serum toothpaste to brush with while you wait for your trays. This also helps with sensitivity.
Two weeks after your dentist delivers your Enlighten Whitening trays. These are thin and comfortable and must be worn in bed for 14 nights. Then on the 15th day you need to see your dentist for the second treatment, which takes only 40 minutes.
Results can last indefinitely with some very simple maintenance. Wearing the trays for 1 night every other month. Continuing to brush with Tooth Serum will also prolong results.
Ask your dentist who may be participating in an easy payment plan.