For many, it’s an easy decision to get their teeth whitened. And who could blame them? The procedure is steadily on the rise, and it is currently the most popular form of cosmetic dentistry on the market. Brighter smiles will give anyone a boost of confidence for an upcoming job interview, at a party, or even just while taking a picture with loved ones.
Undergoing the procedure in a dentist’s office may be a simple choice to make, but understanding what to expect afterwards is just as important as the decision itself.
As one might expect, whitening is not eternally permanent. It does have a good longevity of six months to two years, so the regression is rather slow. One can make the whitening last as long as possible by avoiding exposing teeth to:
- red wine
- citrus drinks
Possible Tooth Sensitivity
Tooth sensitivity, particularly during the first 24-48 hours, is rare but not uncommon. This mainly occurs when damage to the tooth/teeth already existed. Prior damage includes:
- Recently cracked teeth
- Open cavities
- Leaking fillings
- Other dental conditions
If you experience sensitivity after the whitening procedure, it is recommended to invest in Sensodyne toothpaste, a type of toothpaste specifically for sensitive teeth.
Some clients are allergic to the gel used without realizing it. If you form a blister on your lip within 24 hours of the procedure, it is likely you developed an allergic reaction. With the help of liquid vitamin E or an over-the-counter antihistamine, the blister should subside within a few hours.