Adverse effects that may be associated with the use of a whitening product containing carbamide peroxide or hydrogen peroxide include, but are not limited to:
• Some patients may experience increased tooth sensitivity to cold during the treatment, while others may have non-specific sensitivity in their teeth, gums, tongue, lips, or throat. Symptoms usually subside within 1-3 days.
• If the sensitivity is in the teeth, try whitening every other or every third night/day.
• Use a 5% potassium nitrate toothpaste, such as Sensodyne Total Care F toothpaste.
• If you have persistent sensitivity, Colgate Sensitive Pro-Relief toothpaste can be placed in your custom trays for 10 – 30 minutes after each treatment.
• Aspirin or Ibuprofen may be taken for pain.
Gingival (Gum) Irritation
• Trays that extend onto the gingivae (gums) may cause soft tissue irritation. Our trays should always be correctly adjusted. If you have any concerns consult our dental team.
• Reduce amount of gel in your trays. Teeth whiten when HP is absorbed into the tooth and whitens from the inside, so it is not necessary to cover the entire tooth.
If you still have gum irritation or tooth sensitivity, despite these precautions, you should postpone further treatment until the irritation subsides. Resume your treatment with shorter, less frequent applications until the desired whitening effect has been achieved. If discomfort continues, stop the treatment and consult our dental team.