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These instructions should be used as an adjunct to the instructions that you receive from your own dentist or from us. It is not exhaustive but emphasises the points that we feel are important for you to get the best result possible with your bleaching.
Any bleaching solution supplied from us must be used with the bleaching trays(stents).
These are the steps to follow
Make sure that you have brushed your teeth and done your interdental cleaning, this allows the bleach to enter the teeth more readily.
Make sure that your bleaching trays are clean and the inside surface is free of droplets of water this is best achieved with a cotton bud. The solution we use is very viscous and we would like it to stay like this so dry your stent.
Place the bleaching solution in the front face of each tooth space in the tray but most importantly in the front third of the tray from canine to canine, as the solution will always spread backwards when you place it in your mouth. Wipe away any excess that squirts out with tissue or finger.
Please use the amount that is suggested by your dentist as too little can result in incomplete bleaching and too much means you will swallow a lot unnecessarily. However use your commonsense and if you are only bleaching a few teeth you will not need the full amount.
Once the bleaching trays are in place it is best to sit quietly and read or watch TV. Ideally the trays should be worn at night while sleeping as your saliva flow is reduced and the reduction in muscle action allows the bleach to penetrate undisturbed. Of course do not eat, drink or smoke. A minimum period of 3 hours undisturbed is required.
If you wake after three hours feel free to take the trays out as the majority of the bleaching process has occurred. It is a good idea to place them in a glass of water so the bleach does not dry in the tray. If you do not wake then this is also OK as the solution becomes neutral after 4 hours and will have no affect on your teeth.
The trays should be washed in cold water and should be brushed gently with your toothbrush to remove residual carrier gel. Do not use hot water. Do not place on heaters or use blow dryers on the trays as they will deform.
It is important to use the trays for consecutive nights as this allows the bleach to penetrate more effectively and will result in faster and better bleaching. Sometimes parts of your teeth will bleach faster than others and this can result in patchiness initially. This will disappear after continued bleaching, & particularly after bleaching is completed. The duration of bleaching should be discussed with your dentist, but is generally 1--2 weeks.
Sensitivity can occur during bleaching and this is a result of the pores in the tooth being opened by the bleach. It has no permanent affect on the tooth. It can be reduced by using a toothpaste for sensitive teeth or GC mousse applied to the tooth surfaces. Please speak to your dentist if you are having sensitivity that is difficult to deal with.
Do not forget that as part of any bleaching process there is some dehydration of the teeth, which adds to the whitening of the teeth initially. This dehydration of the teeth will fade in the week following cessation of bleaching, leading to a stable whiter colour, but not quite as bright as originally. Do not mistake this for the bleaching process reversing.
Bleaching stents should be kept dry & safe, & it is quite reasonable to top up the whiteness of your teeth every 6--12 months by doing another week of bleaching.