Teeth Whitening FAQ

Q: What is Teeth Whitening?

A: Our Teeth Whitening is a non-invasive process that bleaches the stains in your dentin and enamel, giving you a whiter smile instantly.


Q: Is it safe?

A: Yes. Peroxide-based teeth whitening has been employed by dentists for over two decades, and over-the-counter products such as Crest WhiteStrips are used by millions of people worldwide. Some of these systems cause more sensitivity than others, such as toothaches and gum irritation, but all side effects are temporary. We use Carbamide Peroxide which is safer and more comfortable than Hydrogen Peroxide. We don't recommend Teeth Whitening for anyone under 13 years of age or pregnant or lactating women.


Q: Does your teeth whitening cause sensitivity?

A: In most cases, no. Since our specially formulated peroxide gel is on your teeth for only a short period of time, our clients rarely experience sensitivity. Less than 1% of our customers experience any discomfort.


Q: I have caps on my front teeth. Will Teeth Whitening work on them?

A: Caps, crowns, and composites such as bonding do not whiten at the same rate as natural teeth, if at all. Many people have unnaturally white caps and crowns, so the goal is to bring your natural teeth closer to the color of your caps or crowns. As always, if you have detailed questions about your dental work, consult with your dentist.


Q: How long will it last?

A: By following our post whitening instructions, your teeth will always be lighter than they were before. We generally recommend touch up applications every 6-9 months, in addition to our recommended maintenance program.


Q: What is the process?

A: After getting comfortable in the chair, we will match your "before" shade with our VitaPan tooth shader (industry standard shading guide). Vitamin E is placed on your gums to help with any sensitivity. You will then be presented with a carbamide peroxide prefilled mouthpiece which is placed into your mouth. You put on protective sunglasses, and the technician will turn on the whitening light for 20 minutes per session. It's that easy. If your teeth are very dark or yellow to begin with, multiples sessions may be necessary to get to the whitening level of your dreams.


Q: How is this different from BriteSmile and Zoom?

A: Our treatment is very similar to BriteSmile and Zoom (peroxide agent with LED light), however our type of activating light is better for issues with teeth sensitivity (we rarely have clients that experience sensitivity), and most importantly price of equipment and packages.


Q: How can I keep my results?

A: By following our post process recommendations, including no staining agents for 24-48 hours. Also, continue to follow a healthy dental regimen including brushing twice a day, flossing, and regular check-ups with your dentist. It's also a good idea to rinse with water after consuming a staining agent.


Q: Who can benefit from teeth whitening?

A: Almost anyone. However, teeth whitening is a dynamic process. The procedure may not be as effective for some as it is for others. It's mostly about expectations. If your teeth are stained from years of coffee, tea, and tobacco, it is unrealistic to think your teeth will get as white as snow. You can do multiple treatments to help with this.


Q: Do you whiten the tops and bottoms?

A: Yes. Our impression trays are one of the only systems on the market that whiten the top and bottom at the same time.


Q: What causes tooth staining?

A: There are many causes. The most common are aging and the consumption of staining agents such as tobacco, coffee, tea, red wine, and staining foods (mustard, blueberries, wine, tomato sauce, etc.). A good rule of thumb is if it will stain your shirt it will stain your teeth. Many people have what we call "tooth formation" stains, caused by tetracycline, antibiotics, or excessive fluoride.


Q: How many shades will I move?

A: It depends on many factors. Our general rule of thumb is 2-8 shades with per Single Session, 4-16 with a Double Session, and up to 24 shades with our Ultimate Whitening treatment.


Q: I was given tetracycline when I was young, will it work for me? Will it at least lighten the color of my teeth (less gray)?

A: Not in all cases. We recommend you to check with your dentist. But, many people with tetracycline stains have had their teeth whitened and were happy with the results. It depends on your expectations.


Q. What is an ultraviolet activator LED LIGHT?

A. It is a device that produces ultraviolet light intended to polymerize or take off resinous dental pit and fissure sealants or restorative material by transmission of light through a rod. If you have any other questions or would like to make an appointment, please call Matt Garry WT at (253) 250-2760.


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