Following Your Appointment
- Your teeth will continue to whiten for 24-48 hours after your treatment. During this time you should avoid foods and beverages which may re-stain your teeth. Dark foods and liquids which could stain a white shirt can also stain your teeth. These include:
- Dark sodas
- Red wine
- Red sauces
- Soy sauces
- Dark berries
- You may feel some sensitivity that is increased with hot or cold. This should subside over the next few days.
- Avoid desensitizing products that contain stannous fluoride (Gel Kam, Omni Gel, PerioMed, Plak Smakers, FluoriSHIELD, and Gingi Med) for about 2 weeks. Check your toothpaste ingredients as well for stannous fluoride.
- Avoid smoking during and immediately after whitening treatments. Nicotine leaves brown deposits which are difficult to remove.
- Your ideal whitening shade may not be apparent after just one whitening treatment. It may take several syringes to reach your optimum shade. Whitening treatments typically only cover the front 6-10 teeth. If you have a wide smile and show more than these front teeth, you may need to use additional at-home whitening treatments to ensure that all your teeth are the same shade. Touch-up treatments (in-office or take home trays) can be done every 6-12 months.
- You may have sensitive white spots on your gums immediately after your in-office treatment. These are temporary and should disappear in 20-30 minutes. If you experience painful burning on your gums while using take home whitening trays, you may spread a thin amount of petroleum jelly on your gums before inserting your trays.
- It is important to continue brushing and flossing to keep your teeth and gums healthy. Use a soft bristle toothbrush and gentle pressure when brushing. Avoid “snapping” the floss on your gums; use a seesaw motion to ease the floss between your teeth.
IN CASE OF A TRUE EMERGENCY AFTER HOURS, PLEASE CALL OUR EMERGENCY RESPONSE LINE: (813) 334-5432 Please contact our office directly during normal business hours for routine postoperative questions.
If you ever experience difficulty in breathing, swallowing, or a feeling of throat closure, please go straight to the emergency room or dial 911. After admission and stabilization, please contact the office.
We are grateful for your trust to perform these procedures and wish you a speedy recovery. If any other concerns arise, please do not hesitate to contact the office.