A good whitening aftercare is fundamental for the success of the procedure. Whitening, as we’ve already talked about; is the procedure by which chemical substances are used to remove stains from the teeth. Most of these substances keep acting even after we leave the dentist’s office; and those first few hours are of utmost importance.
In Dental Solutions we take great care in giving a precise explanation of what steps should be taken during a whitening aftercare. The more information you have, the more prepared you are; and if you follow these guidelines I can assure you that your teeth are going to look perfect.
Whitening aftercare: The first hour
It’s very important that you avoid any food or drink during the first hour; we need to give time to the chemicals to really sink in inside those teeth. Water is ok, but just to be on the safe side, it’s always a good idea to drink using a straw. It’s quite normal to experience sensitivity after whitening, so avoid very cold water and take very small zips until you find your comfort zone.
What comes after?
You should expect the sensitivity to persist for the first couple of days; the best advice is to avoid hot and cold foods. If it becomes unbearable, there are desensitizing treatments and creams you might use; just remember to check with your dentist before you apply them.
When you brush your teeth, use a soft brush and do it very gently; it might be a good idea to use desensitizing toothpaste and a mild mouthwash; the main rule here is, be gentle with your teeth.
On the other hand, it’s very important that during the first 48 hours you avoid food and drinks that could stain your teeth. As a rule of thumb, if it’s something that could ruin a shirt, then it’s best to not even think about it.
That means: Neither red meats, nor tomatoes, nor carrots nor beets, nor sodas, nor wine, nor colorful candy, and so on.
If it can’t be avoided for whatever reason, then rinse your mouth with water after eating; as long as you don’t wait too long, your shouldn’t have to worry about anything.
If you experience bleeding, if the sensitivity doesn’t stop, or if you notice a strange color, call your dentist immediately. Don’t worry, whitening is perfectly safe, and something going wrong is extremely unlikely.