Cosmetic Dentistry Checklists

Before visiting us for a procedure, take a moment to read through our pre/post appointment checklists.

Pre Appointment
  • Apply GC Tooth Mousse daily for 7 days before your Zoom whitening procedure. Squeeze the GC Tooth Mousse sparingly into the tray and wear for 60 minutes each day.
  • Stop using GC Tooth Mousse 24 hours before your procedure so that the protective mask applied adheres properly to your gums.
  • You might experience tooth sensitivity during the procedure. To reduce these effects, we recommend using a sensitive toothpaste.
  • Bring your medicament trays and your GC Tooth Mousse to your appointment. You might need to apply the mousse to the tray if you experience sensitivity during treatment.
Post Appointment
  • Apply GC Tooth Mousse twice daily for up to 5 days after your procedure, depending on the amount of sensitivity you experience. The medicament trays can be worn overnight.
  • Use a colour-free sensitive toothpaste to reduce any sensitivity.
  • Take an analgesic like ibuprofen to further reduce any discomfort.

How to maintain your Zoom teeth whitening results

Avoid foods that might stain your teeth for 48 hours after your teeth whitening procedure, including:

  • colas and cordials
  • cigarettes
  • tomato sauce
  • blueberry
  • spinach
  • beetroot
  • curries
  • soy sauce
  • red wine
  • tea and coffee
  • toothpaste with a coloured stripe
  • mouth rinses
Post Appointment

Step by step: teeth whitening instructions

  • Begin by brushing your teeth with sensitive toothpaste and floss.
  • Twist off the clear plastic cap counter clockwise from the syringe.
  • Fit the mixing tip to the syringe.
  • Place a small amount of gel in each tooth compartment in the tray.
  • Place the tray in your mouth.
  • Remove the mixing tip and replace it with the clear cap.
  • Rinse trays with cold water after whitening. Use a toothbrush and rinse with water to remove residual gel.
  • Store the trays in a cool, dry place.
  • Store the open gel syringe in fridge.
  • We recommend 2x 30 minute whitening sessions per day for no more than 2 weeks at a time.

Teeth whitening: precautions

  • Do not overload the trays with gel as this might cause temporary gum irritation. Take extra care to avoid getting gel on your gums and remove the excess with a cotton swab.
Post Appointment
  • You might feel pain on the tooth, surrounding gum, injection site or jaw joint. To reduce this pain, apply moist heat to the area and take an analgesic such as ibuprofen as directed.
  • It could take a few days to get used to the shape of your permanent crown but if your bite continues to feel unbalanced, contact the surgery.
  • Resume regular brushing and flossing and home care.
  • Attend regular active maintenance appointments to ensure your implant remains effective.
After Preperation
  • If you feel pain on the tooth, surrounding gum, injection site or jaw joint, apply moist heat to the affected area and take an analgesic such as ibuprofen as directed.
  • A temporary acrylic crown will be placed on your tooth. During this time, avoid hard or sticky foods to reduce the risk of it fracturing. It’s ok to brush your temporary crown daily, but avoid flossing which could cause the crown to dislodge. If the temporary crown does dislodge, call the surgery.
  • Don’t be alarmed if you experience sensitivity around your temporary crown. It’s common, particularly to cold temperatures.
After Cementation
  • It might take a few days to get used to the shape of your new, permanent crown. However, if you feel that your bite is unbalanced and uncomfortable, contact the surgery.
  • Crowns and bridges are durable, but your underlying tooth is still vulnerable to decay. Resume your regular daily oral care regime like brushing and flossing to prevent decay and attend regular active maintenance appointments.
Post Appointment
  • Fillings can break under extreme forces, so avoid chewing excessively hard foods.
  • Fillings set immediately, so you don’t have to wait. However, numbness caused by your anaesthetic might lead to accidental biting on your cheek, lips or tongue. Take care, especially with children.
  • Avoid extremely hot or cold foods for the first 24 hours after your filling. Initially, fillings expand and contract with temperature.
  • It’s common to experience sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures in your mouth for a few weeks after your filling, especially if your cavity is deep.
  • You might experience pain in your gum tissue a few days after your filling. This is due to irritation during the procedure and around the injection site.
  • The filling may be contoured and textured slightly differently to your original tooth. You will become accustomed to it a few days after your procedure.
  • Contact the surgery for a simple adjustment if your bite feels incorrectly balanced once your anaesthetic wears off.