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Whitening Instructions

Whitening Instructions

  • Brush your teeth with Sensodyne or another anti-sensitivity toothpaste during the whitening process.  Sensitivity is a common side effect.
  • If you have significant sensitivity, please notify us so that we can modify your particular whitening material or provide you with an anti-sensitivity product.
  • Avoid heavily pigmented food and drink during the whitening process.  Anything that can stain a white shirt may stain your teeth and affect your results.  Examples of food and drink to avoid include tomato sauce, blueberries, coffee, tea, and dark sodas.
  • Immediately before applying the product, complete normal home care regimen including brushing and flossing.
  • Keep a cup or other container nearby, as a substantial increase in salivary flow should be expected.  This is not harmful to swallow but better to spit.
  • Refer to manufacturer instructions for more information and proper wear time based on your specific whitening material.

To Go Trays

  • Position appropriate green tray (upper/lower) over your teeth and press into position onto the teeth.
  • Use your tongue to create suction inside your mouth.  This will help the strip inside the tray to adhere to your teeth.
  • Remove the green tray.  You should see a whitish strip left behind on your teeth.
  • If the strip is not well-adapted to your teeth, press with clean fingers from both sides of the teeth in the necessary areas.
  • Examine the periphery of the strip for any excess whitening material.  This can be cleaned away with a Q-tip or toothbrush.
  • Repeat for opposing arch.

Custom Trays

  • Ensure that you are able to easily insert tray onto your teeth prior to application.
  • Syringe a small amount of whitening material (approximately teardrop sized) into each tooth position that you wish to whiten.  This should be applied to the inside of the tray on the side that touches the front or cheek-facing surface of your teeth.  Application of whitening material to molar teeth is usually unnecessary and wastes material.
  • Examine the periphery of the trays for any excess whitening material.  This can be cleaned away with a Q-tip or toothbrush.
  • Rinse trays with cool water after removal.
  • Any source of heat warmer than your body temperature should be avoided, as it could cause the trays to warp or deform. 
  • Store in a cool place.