Q: Who may benefit from cosmetic teeth whitening?
A: Almost everyone can enjoy the benefit of the teeth whitening process if his or her teeth and gums are healthy. Teeth cannot be made whiter than genetically possible. There are many reasons for discolored teeth. Tetracycline stains are very difficult to remove; however, 95% of our clients experience noticeably whiter teeth. Some teeth are naturally pigmented or stained as they develop. Aging and the on-going ingestion of coffee, tea, cola, wine, tobacco products, curries, etc. can lead to the staining of the teeth.
Q: Why should I consider having a whiter smile?
A: In addition to the aesthetic reasons. Studies have shown that not only do people who have whiter teeth look younger than people who don’t, but that there is a correlation between high self-esteem and a white confident smile.
Q: Why choose our system of cosmetic whitening over dentists bleaching treatment?
A: The whitening gel was developed by an ISO Certified Dental Laboratory and dentists for fast whitening action and long lasting results. This is the same teeth whitening gel that is dispensed by dental offices worldwide. From the patented “immediate imprint trays” to the gel, the treatment is essentially what a dentist would prescribe; but milder for less sensitivity, less time and less cost.
Q: How does teeth whitening system work?
A: First, an impression of the teeth is taken. A “tray” filled with a whitening gel, is inserted into the mouth and left in place for 15 minutes. This bleaches embedded discolored substances (stains). The structure of the tooth is not changed; only the tooth enamel stain is changed and becomes a lighter and whiter shade.
Q: How long does this process take and what are the results?
A: Individuals results will vary depending on the consumer’s habits, their unique dental make-up, age, and genetics. We recommend a two 15 -minute treatments. Lasting one – two years is not unusual, but we do recommend that you now care for your newly whitened teeth by avoiding dark liquids, acidic liquids like coffee, tea, red wine, colas, etc. Typically, the whitening effect becomes even more evident after a second treatment. Over time, and for the very same reasons that caused the teeth to discolor in the first place, the consumer will notice their teeth darkening again. Typically, we recommend pursuing another and the teeth will be restored back to their brilliant white color. Consumers who smoke cigarettes or drink heavy quantities of dark liquid will have to touch up their teeth more often than people who do not.
Q: Are there any side effects?
A: There are relatively few side effects from tooth whitening if gums are normal and healthy. Some people may feel a little tingling sensation, white gum line (blanching), or sensitivity, all of which are normal and not harmful. These can be easily remedied in time and with a little vitamin E oil.
Q: Will fillings and crowns be affected by the whitening?
A: While hydrogen peroxide will have no negative effect on the integrity of fillings, crowns and veneers; the simple fact is that these materials are slightly affected. However, the peroxide will remove staining from composite materials. The standard procedure is to whiten all adjacent teeth, wait two weeks for the color to stabilize, then go to your dentist and match the crown to the new shade of your teeth. If a crown is already been in place for many years the whitening process can return the rest of the teeth to the original shade prior to the crown placement.
Q: Is whitening for everyone?
A: Pregnant and nursing mothers, children under the age of 14, and diabetics should consult their physician prior to undergoing any whitening procedure. Consumers with severely tetracycline stained teeth, traumatized, non-vital teeth or excessive fluoride use that causes severe staining may opt for a more aggressive cosmetic procedure.
Q: What about professional Liability?
A: Our process is essentially self-administered. It is not a dental procedure. Because it is self-administered, there is a less inherent liability than with other spa or salon procedures, such as hair tinting, facials, or body waxing. Your operators will instruct you on how to administer the treatment. It is the client that applies the product, not the operator.
Q: How long before I can eat or drink after my treatment?
A: During the first 24 hours after the treatment we recommend avoiding coffee, tea, dark-colored sodas, red wines, berries, candy, red sauces, beets, or any foods that have the propensity to stain. Remember if it can stain a white tee shirt it can stain your teeth. Regular foods can be consumed 2-3 hours after treatment.