This is also commonly referred to as teeth bleaching. Teeth whitening is “semi-permanent” and the most conservative way to whiten your teeth. “Semi-permanent” means that only some of the color change is permanent. No teeth whitening method will retain your whitening results forever. To keep the brightest of smiles will require maintenance. For more information, give us a call.
Power Bleaching is also known as “Laser”, “Plasma Arc Light”, “One-Step”, and “Quick Start” Bleaching. These techniques are all a little different but give the same results. All of these procedures use a light source to activate a bleaching material on the tooth. After the procedure you will have noticeably lighter teeth.
Immediately after the power bleaching procedure you may notice two things. Your teeth may be sensitive and you may have white areas on your gums or sometimes the lips.
Sensitivity: This will pass within the first day. Be careful to avoid extremes with hot and cold liquids. They will make your teeth uncomfortable. Most of our patients will take Tylenol or Advil on the first day if they experience too much sensitivity.
White Spots: The chemical that is used to “bleach” out the teeth is a very powerful agent. Any time it touches any soft tissue it may cause a temporary chemical bleaching of the tissue. This area may feel rough for a day. It is rare to have any discomfort. The white color of the tissues usually lasts no longer than two days.
Bleaching Trays: After you have the Power Bleaching done you will leave the office with bleaching trays and material. Please refer to the “Bleaching Instructions for method one” for instructions on how to use this material. You may want to start using your trays after your teeth loose all sensitivity from the Power Bleaching. Use them just like the instructions say. About 1-1.5 hours a day.
Keep Your Teeth White: The best way to keep your teeth white is to avoid foods and drinks that have a heavy color to them for the two weeks following your power bleaching. Some of the common ones are Red Wine, Dark Carbonated Drinks, Coffee, and Tea. This also applies anytime that you use your bleaching trays. Avoid things for the two weeks following using your trays.