TEETH WHITENING INFORMATION/INFORMED CONSENT
I. GENERAL INFORMATION
Teeth whitening is designed to lighten the color of your teeth. Significant lightening can be achieved in the vast
majority of cases, but the results cannot be guaranteed. Vhen done properly, the whitening will not harm your teeth or
gums. However) like any other treatment, i has some inherenr risks and limitations. These are seldom serious enough
to discourage you from having your teeth whitened, but should be considered when deciding ro have the treatment.
II. CANDIDATES FOR TEETH WHITENING
Just about anyone is a candidate for teeth whitening. Howevet, people with dark yellow o yellow-brown teeth tend to
whiten better than people with gray or bluish-gray teeth. Muhi-colored teeth, especially if stained due to tetracycline,
do not whiten very well. Teeth with many fillings, cavities, chips, etc., are usually best treated by bonding, porcelain
veneers or porcelain crowns.
III. TYPES OF TEETH WHITENING
A. ONE-HOUR WHITENING
This process can be done in one visit or may requite multiple visits depending on how your teeth respond to
the whitening gel. Each appointment takes about one hour. Gum protection is applied, the whitening gel is
applied, and a special light is used to further enhance the bleach whitener.
The advantages of power whitening inc our doing all the work for you and in less total time than you would
spend home bleaching your teeth. The disadvantages include the normal inconveniences of any dental
treatment such as having to keep your mouth open for the duration of the appointment and the possibility of
increased costs as compared to home whitening.
B. HOME WHITENING
This process, which can be done anywhere and anytime, involves wearing a custom-made bleaching tray (looks
like a thin, transparent nighrguard) filled with a mild bleaching agent for optimal results. You should wear the
gel-filled tray 1/2—i hour pet day for about one to two weeks, depending on the degree of whitening desired.
The advantages of home whitening include performing the treatment when it is convenient for you with lower
cost. The disadvantage to home bleaching is that the success of the treatment is dependent on your
commitment to wearing the whitening tray consistenfly for the prescribed period.
IV. YOUR RESPONSIBILITIES
A. AfflNG YOUR WHITENING TRAY
If you choose home whitening, it will only be effective if you conscientiously wear the tray for the prescribed
numbet of hours fot one to three weeks.
If you experience any severe discomfort or other problems, discontinue the bleaching and contact us
immediately. Most sensitivity is usually transient and disappears after one to several days.
V. POTENTIAL PROBLEMS
A. TOOTH SENSITIVITY
During the first 24 hours following whitening, some patients experience transient sensitivity. This sensitivity is
usually mild if your teeth are not normally sensitive. With power whitening, this sensitivity will usually subside
in 1—2 days. With home whitening, it may be necessary for you to teduce the number of hours you are
wearing the bleaching tray or stop using it for several days to resolve the sensitivity.
However, if your teeth are normally sensitive, whitening may make your teeth more sensitive for an extended
period of time. Under these circumstances, you may choose to delay the whitening process until we are able to
complcte desensitization procedures.
If your teeth are sensitive after whitening, a mild analgesic such as Tylenol or Advil will usually be effective in
making you more comfortable until your tooth sensitivity returns to normal.
B. GUM IRRITATION
This is the result of a small amount of solution leaking under the gum protection. A burning sensation on yout
gums may also occur. This should resolve by itself between a few hours to a few days.
With home whitening, irritation can result from using the tray for too many hours when you first start
whitening. It may be necessary for you to reduce the number of hours you wear the tray or stop using it for a
few days to resolve these gum problems.
C. EFFECT ON FILLINGS
Tooth-colored fillings will not whiten. If the filling matches your current color, bleaching will result in mis-
matched shades with your natural teeth. You may need to have your fillings replaced to match your newly
VI. COMPLETION OF TREATMENT
A. LEVEL OF LIGHTENING
There is no totally reliable way to predict how light you teeth will whiten. With power whitening, one session
usually significantly whitens your teeth. Some patients require an additional session. With home whitening,
this may take two to four weeks or longer of repeated applications.
Following completion of whitening, pigments found in food and drinks will re-stain your teeth, commonly
called bleaching relapse. To help prevent relapse, use a daily over-the- counter toothpaste, or Sapphire”
Brilliance from your dentist.
I have read the information provided and understand the whitening procedure. Dr._____________ has
explained this procedure to me and all my questions, if any, were answered. I consent to this treatment.
Patient’s Signature _________________________________
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