TEETH WHITENING FAQS
WHAT IS TEETH WHITENING?
People often throw the terms “teeth whitening” and “bleaching” around interchangeably. However, according to the FDA, teeth are “whitened” when they are lightened to match their natural color, and they are “bleached” when they are whitened beyond their natural shade.
Our L.E.D.-accelerated carbamide peroxide trays whiten teeth safely and are just as effective as other, more expensive whitening methods you’ll see in many dentists’ offices.
WHY DO TEETH STAIN?
No matter how well you take care of your teeth, they’re going to get darker as you age. Some stains – from things like coffee, cola, and dark-colored foods – develop relatively evenly over all of your teeth and tend to accumulate over time. Other stains – such as those developed from smoking cigarettes – develop as unattractive, uneven patches on your teeth. Your teeth can even grow darker in color due to side effects of certain medications and antibiotics.
Fortunately, you can battle any and all of these staining factors.
HOW WHITE WILL MY TEETH GET?
Everyone is born with a particular tooth color, just like your skin, hair and eyes. Our gels work to return you back to your original genetic tooth color. This varies from person to person. After just one treatment, most people are satisfied. For some people, a second or third treatment may be needed to achieve the results they are looking for. Some stains are much more difficult to remove than others. Depending on age and the type of stains, they may require more attention than others.
IS IT SAFE?
Numerous scientific studies have shown that there are no harmful effects from teeth whitening when teeth and gums are normal and healthy. Our system ensures a precise level of dosing that meets legal requirements. The length of the treatment (15-25 minutes) is also important.
ARE THERE ANY SIDE EFFECTS?
No serious adverse side effects are associated with our teeth whitening system. Some people do experience blanching of the gum line, a mild tingling sensation, or sensitivity, all of which typically last no more than 24 hours and can be alleviated by applying vitamin E oil to the teeth and/or gums.
HOW LONG DOES IT LAST?
Teeth whitening requires maintenance or touch-ups for a long lasting effect. The results can last for 12 months to 2 years and sometimes longer. The older you are, the more stains you have accumulated. Bleaching works to remove discolorations and restore your teeth to their natural white color. You may want to periodically whiten your teeth as exposure to certain foods and beverages will gradually darken teeth again over time. Most people touch up every 6 months to a year. You can whiten your teeth up to 3 times per year with our system.
HOW LONG BEFORE I CAN EAT OR DRINK TEETH STAINING FOODS AND DRINKS AFTER MY SESSION?
We recommend avoiding coffee, tea, red wine, berries, candy, red sauces, and other teeth-staining foods and beverages for the first 24 hours after your session.