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TEETH WHITENING RISKS
 

Teeth whitening treatments are considered to be safe when procedures are followed as directed. However, there are certain risks associated with whitening that you should be aware of:


WHO SHOULDN’T HAVE TEETH WHITENING TREATMENT?

Pregnant or breastfeeding women are advised not to have teeth whitening. The potential impact of ingested bleach on the foetus or baby is not yet known.  We also recommend the treatment for persons over the age of 16.

Individuals with highly sensitive teeth or those who are in need of dental work should consult their dentist before having a whitening procedure.

If you have a client with any severe allergies like anaphylaxis is best to avoid the treatment as there is no guarantee the products it is made from have not come in contact with or been produced alongside other products.  It’s just not worth the risk.



HYGIENE AND SAFETY

Our teeth whitening procedure is absolutely hygienic as you never touch your client or their mouth.  The process is effectively a DIY teeth whitening kit with the use of an LED light accelerator to give the client maximum results in less than one hour.  With the kit alone and no accelerator, these results would take weeks of continuous treatment.  This accelerated treatment is gentler on teeth and gums as there is less time with tissue exposed to the peroxide.  



RISKS OF SENSITIVITY

Although rare with our gentle gel, teeth whitening can cause a temporary increase in sensitivity to temperature, pressure and touch.  Persons at most risks for whitening sensitivity are those with gum recession, significant cracks in their teeth or leakage resulting from faulty restorations.  We recommend not offering a teeth whitening treatment to anyone who is currently suffering from a dental condition or who requires dental work.  If excess sensitivity occurs discontinue immediately and ask your client to rinse and make an appointment with their dentist. 

Whitening sensitivity usually lasts no longer than a day or two, but in some cases may persist a little longer. We recommend a toothpaste for sensitive teeth to reduce sensitivity.

Sensitivity can be reduced by using a sensitive toothpaste like Sensodyne before and after the treatment for a few days.  

Also, it is very important not to brush the teeth roughly prior to the treatment.  This can cause trauma to the gums resulting in burning and sensitivity during the treatment.  It is best to brush very gently at least 1 hour prior to the treatment to ensure the gums are not distressed prior to the treatment.



ALLERGIES
If you have a client with any severe allergies like anaphylaxis is best to avoid the treatment as there is no guarantee the products it is made from have not come in contact with or been produced alongside other products.  It’s just not worth the risk.



DIABETES
If you have a client with diabetes it is important they maintain their blood sugar during the teeth whitening treatment.  When booking the treatment ensure your client brings anything they may need to the appointment. The client may need a break to monitor their condition during the treatment.



GUM IRRITATION
Clients occasionally experience some degree of gum irritation, usually from applying the gel onto the gum tissue. Such irritation typically lasts from a few minutes after treatment up to several days in the worst-case scenario.  The use of vitamin e swab is very successful in eliminating gum sensitivity.

It is very important not to brush the teeth roughly prior to the treatment.  This can cause trauma to the gums resulting in burning and sensitivity during the treatment. Many people brush their teeth so hard they make their gums bleed.  This leaves an open wound which will sting or burn when the gel touches it.  It is best to brush very gently at least 1 hour prior to the treatment to ensure the gums are not distressed.



CROWNS, VENEERS AND BONDING:
Teeth whitening will not damage restorations such as bonding, dental crowns or porcelain veneers as long as they are in good condition.  These restorations generally don't stain like natural teeth so they won't benefit from whitening. Most dentists these days whiten teeth prior to creating veneers and bonding to ensure these match the tooth enamel colour not the colour of the stains on the teeth.  Where this is not the case these bondings may seem darker after a teeth whitening treatment.  To ensure a desirable result we recommend that the client’s teeth be colour checked after the first 20-minute session to ensure bondings don't end up looking darker.



LIP BLISTERS AND SWELLING
Blisters generally only happen when the gel comes in contact with the soft tissue whilst under the lamp or is left after the treatment.  There is a link between mouth blisters, swelling and lips with filler.  If your client has lip filler make sure extra caution is used in applying the gel.  Make sure your client waits for at least one to two week between the lip filler and a teeth whitening treatment.

It is important to avoid getting gel on the lips, gums and the soft tissue of their mouth. If any gel makes contact with the soft tissue during the application ask the client to remove it with a cotton tip.

Ensure the cheek retractor being used is large enough to keep the lips from touching the gel on the teeth.  We always give you a free large with your order.

Always make sure the client is fully reclined during the entire treatment.  If they are not fully reclined they can drool and this can wash the gel onto the soft tissue causing irritation.  Make sure the client rinses thoroughly and wipes away any remaining gel to ensure none left in the mouth.  Get the client to apply the vitamin e at the end of the treatment to their lips gums and the inside of their lips this should help.  If blisters do occur they will generally heal within 2 to 3 days.

The risk of blisters and swelling can also be reduced by following precautions after the treatment.  Smoking directly after or during the teeth whitening has been linked to lip blisters and swelling as has the consumption of spicy food and excessively hot foods or beverages.  


CONGRATULATIONS on completing the Teeth Whitening Wholesale training course.  Please right-click on the teeth whitening certificate to download and print your copy.


Teeth Whitening Certificate


 

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