Frequently Asked Questions

 Teeth Whitening

It’s a bleaching process that lightens discoloration of enamel and dentin. The system uses a solution that is placed into a custom fitted tray that is designed after an impression is taken of the teeth. This tray is worn over your teeth to do the whitening.

There are several reasons for this. The most common includes again and consumption of items that will stain the teeth like tobacco, coffee, tea, red wine and soda. Other causes of discoloration are tooth trauma, nerve degeneration and old restorations. Also, when the teeth are developing under the gum line consumption of tetracycline or excessive fluoride can cause tooth discoloration.

Most people will benefit from tooth whitening to some degree. But there are instances where whitening may not be effective. Also, the degree of whitening may change from patient to patient. This is due to number of applications, duration that whitening is used, and structure and density of the teeth.

All studies show that YES whitening is safe with Hydrogen Peroxide or Caramide Peroxide under the supervision of a dentist. It is safe for the teeth and gums. It is one of the safest procedures in the dental profession.

The solution is placed the the bleaching trays that were created for the patient. As the active ingredient is broken down oxygen enters the enamel and dentin and bleaches the colored substances. The tooth is not compromised, only made lighter.

The best results occur when the solution is used consecutively for 10-14 days or nights. There are solutions that have a higher percentage of peroxide hence shortening the whitening period.

Some patients become sensitive to hot and cold during the whitening process. This feeling does dissipate but can be uncomfortable. Patients are encouraged to use desensitizing toothpaste for 2 weeks before whitening.

The teeth will be lighter than they once were. We recommend a tooth touchup every year to year and ½ for 2-3 days to maintain. Also recommended to keep your teeth as white as possible is to avoid the items that will stain the teeth like coffee, tea, red wine, soda and tobacco.

Care of Mouth After Extraction

  1. DO NOT RINSE MOUTH TODAY. Tomorrow rinse mouth gently every 3 to 4 hours (especially after meals) using one-quarter teaspoon of salt to a glass of warm water. Rinse gently. Continue rinses for several days. Brush teeth gently and do not use toothpaste.
  2. BLEEDING. Following extractions, some bleeding is to be expected. If persistent bleeding occurs, place gauze pads over bleeding area and bite down firmly for one-half hour. The pressure helps to form a blood clot in the tooth socket. Repeat if necessary. If there is a lot of bleeding, bite on a regular tea bag. The tannic acid of the tea aids in forming a blood clot.
  3. SWELLING. Ice bag or a cold moist cloth should be periodically applied to operated area. Apply for 10 minutes on and then 5 minutes off. You may see some bruising on your face, this is normal and will go away on its own. Your dentist may give you specific instructions on how long and how often to use a cold compress.
  4. PAIN. For mild to average pain, use any non-aspirin type of medication you like.
  5. FOOD. Light diet is advisable during the first 24 hours. Soft foods and plenty of liquids are recommended. Avoid crunchy and sticky foods. DO NOT use a straw to drink with. DO NOT drink hot liquids. DO NOT smoke.
  6. BONY EDGES. Small sharp bone fragments may work up through the gums during the healing. These are not roots; if annoying, return to the office for their simple removal.
  7. REST. Limit activities for the first 24 hours. Rest and go to bed early. Elevate head slightly on pillow.
  8. If any unusual symptoms occur, call the office at once.
  9. The proper care following oral surgical procedures will hasten recovery and prevent complications.