What to Expect After a Professional Teeth Whitening Session

A bright, beautiful smile can be yours, and all you need is just one hour at our Central El Paso, TX dental office. Over time, many of our patients will accumulate tooth discoloration from food and drinks, or just darkened or yellowed over the years. With a professional teeth whitening procedure, our El Paso patients can once again smile with confidence. If you are considering teeth whitening as a way to remove years of surface and deep stains, you should also understand what to expect after Teeth Whitening.

Are there side effects after teeth whitening?

While teeth whitening is considered the safest dental procedure available, you may experience some side effects from treatments:

  • Teeth sensitivity. Your teeth may become more sensitive following teeth whitening. You may experience this on your first or second treatment, and it may diminish with time. Your dentist may recommend treating sensitivity with products that contain potassium nitrate and sodium fluoride gel.
  • Irritated gums. You may also experience gingival irritation. This is when your gums become irritated. This can happen because of contact on your gums with the whitening product. This side effect should go away after your treatments.

Keep in mind that you cannot whiten your teeth on a permanent basis. You’ll need to seek whitening treatments every so often for both extrinsic and intrinsic discoloration. Also keep in mind that these products are for natural teeth. You’ll need to talk to your dentist about how to unify the color of your teeth if you have implants, crowns, bridges, or dentures.

Limitations of Teeth Whitening

Keep in mind that whitening gel is most effective on surface stains, which are generally the result of food, drink, and tobacco use. Deeper stains, such as those formed by injury, medication, or fluoride, are more difficult to remove. Depending on the nature of discoloration, whitening may not be able to address all stains. For alternative cosmetic options to conceal stubborn stains, consider dental bonding or porcelain veneers.

Additionally, teeth whitening is not particularly effective on restorations. Dental crowns, porcelain veneers, and visible fillings will not benefit from the effects of whitening as natural teeth would. If, after treatment, your restorations no longer match the color of your teeth, you may replace them to blend in with your brighter smile.

After professional teeth whitening

After you have whitened your teeth, you need to pay extra special attention to your oral care routine, as well as what you eat, in order to extend longevity for as long as possible. Teeth whitening in El Paso, TX is a great way to obtain a brighter smile and enhanced self-confidence. Enjoying the most benefit from this gentle, effective procedure includes watching what you eat for the first day afterward. In general, you should avoid foods that are likely to cause re-staining or irritate sensitive teeth. After a short time, you can resume a normal healthy diet, normally between 24-72 hours.

Schedule an Teeth Whitening Consultation Today!

Come in or call us today at 915.566.3927 to schedule a teeth whitening consultation. Or you can send us a message on our Contact Us page. Our staff can’t wait to help you see the smile you’ve always wanted!