Hydrogen peroxide has been
used for many years to bleach teeth. In past
years, it was usually applied only by dentists, who
used heat and/or light to accelerate its bleaching
action. In recent years, a highly effective
technique has been found that allows patients to bleach
their teeth at home - although only when
supervised by a dentist.*
- The "at home" technique
of bleaching teeth does not require heat or light,
and allows you to monitor your own progress. The
amount of color change depends on the length of time
you wear the tray each day and the number of weeks
you continue the treatment. The results
can be unpredictable. Although
effects may be noticed as early as a few days,
many patients report that a minimum of two weeks
is required to see a color change. Peroxide
bleaching in custom-filled trays is thus the fastest
and most painless method known.
The Procedure :
or two hours before bedtime, brush and floss
your teeth, in order to clean them before placement
of the tray. Rinse well.
one or two drops of bleaching gel in the tray
at each tooth position to be bleached. Use
the gel only in the tray provided
by us to fit your teeth.
the tray firmly over your teeth. Spit out
excess gel and foam, and wear loaded tray for
one (1) hour. Then remove the tray, wipe it
with tissue paper to remove the gel (do not
wash it out at this time), reload the tray, replace
it, and wear it for another hour.
you remove the tray for longer than 15 minutes,
place new bleaching gel in it before you use
the bleaching gel approximately every 3-4 hours.
receive maximum bleaching potential, the tray
should be worn a minimum of twelve (12) hours per
Possible Side Effects :
patients have reported that teeth become sensitive
to cold and biting pressure for a
short time during and after treatments. The
discomfort normally does not last for an extended
time. If, however, your teeth continue to be
sensitive, stop using the bleaching gel and
gingiva or gums may
react to the bleaching gel by creating gum
sensitivity. If it does, simply decrease the
amount of bleaching gel in the tray, or return
to the office so we can trim the appliance
in order to reduce the amount of bleaching
gel in contact with your gum tissue.
bleaching trays are worn too long during any
given day, discomfort in your jaw points may
occur. This discomfort will go away when
the bleaching trays are removed.