About Professional Teeth Whitening
What to Expect With Professional Teeth Whitening
In-office teeth whitening is not an altogether complicated procedure but
it does require skill to avoid injury to the gingival (gum) area. Moreover,
expensive equipment may be needed to prepare and finish the procedure.
All together, the procedure can take anywhere from 60 to 90 minutes to
There are several standard steps to performing an in-office whitening:
Before starting, the tech will make a record of the current shade of
Your mouth will be isolated with gauze to keep your teeth dry.
Retractors may be used to keep your cheeks, lips, and tongue well
away from the whitening solution.
A barrier would next be placed along the gumline to further protect it
from exposure to the solution.
Next, the teeth would be coated with a whitening solution on the front
surface only. The solution typically includes either hydrogen peroxide
or carbamide peroxide as the bleaching agent.
Many whitening products require a curing light or laser to activate the
peroxide. Once applied, the solution would be left on the teeth for 30
to 60 minutes, or reapplied occasionally, depending on the brand.
Once the optimum shade has been reached (or the maximum time has
passed), the teeth would be rinsed. A fluoride application may be
used to help ease any tooth sensitivity.
Additional visits would be scheduled until the desired shade is
Upon completion, you would be advised to avoid foods or beverages
with a high level of pigment for at least 24 hours. These include coffee,
tea, tomato sauce, tomato juice, yellow mustard, beets, black grapes,
candies, and red wine. Smoking or tobacco of any sort would also be
*Clients must be 14 years or older to receive treatment
*Treatments typically last 2 months
AFTER CARE NOTES
For the following 24 hours After Treatment you must:
Avoid any dark staining drinks like Tea, Coffee, Red Wine, coloured soft or alcoholic drinks and fruit juice.
Avoid all dark staining foods like bolognese, soy sauce, red meat, chocolate and all fruit except bananas.
Avoid any foods or drinks that would leave a stain on a white shirt.
No Smoking for 24 hours, smoking a cigarette within the first 24 Hours will stain your teeth.
Moderate use of electronic cigarettes is OK.
Avoid coloured toothpaste (red or blue) or Mouthwash for 24 hours.
Food and drinks that may be consumed are as follows:
Plain chicken, fish & chips, potatoes, plain pasta and white sauces, cereals, Milk, 7up and white wine, once it is clear or white.