Bleaching Questions and Answers
What is the
teeth whitening process? - Teeth Whitening is actually a whitening process
that lightens discoloration’s in the tooth enamel. This process uses an
effective whitening solution retained in your mouldable mouthpiece that
is worn over your teeth for up to 1 hour per day until you have reached
your desired level of whitening. Included in the kit is a
professional strength whitening gel (22% carbamide peroxide), mouldable
mouthpieces, whitening accessories and instructions for use.
How does dental whitening remove stains? - Dental whitening
systems will remove most stains with a gentle action that whitens your
teeth. As the active ingredient in the gel (22% carbamide peroxide), is
broken down, oxygen acts upon the stained organic deposits, which
oxidizes them into a white colour. This process makes the overall tooth
colour closer to its natural unstained colour. Your tooth structure
remains unchanged. Years of clinical trials have demonstrated the
safety and effectiveness of this system. Over 95% of people treated
achieve some level of tooth whitening. Crowns, bridges, bonding, and
fillings do not lighten with dental whitening.
What is the treatment procedure? - An impression of your teeth
will be made by you at home with our easy-to-use instant boil and bite
mouldable mouthpieces. You will then apply our whitening gel
inside the mouthpiece and place the mouthpiece over your teeth. You may
wear the mouthpieces for up to 1 hour per day. Most people see
quick results within only one week.
Is the whitening process permanent? - For most people, the
treatment will last for many years. Your teeth have become stained in
the first place from consuming foods and beverages. Upon the completion
of your initial bleaching process, your teeth are restored to their
natural white colour. Exposure to foods, drinks (especially coffee, cola’s
and red wines), smoking and other consumables will gradually darken
teeth again over time. You may want to periodically whiten your
teeth. After an initial treatment, most people do touch-ups about
once every 6-12 months.
How much whitening gel do I get when I purchase a dental bleaching
kit? – Dependent on which package you purchase you will receive 1,
2 or 3 dental syringes containing 3ml of whitening gel each.
Each application (per mouthpiece) will use approximately 0.25ml of
whitening gel. This means that you will get 10 - 12 applications from
each syringe. Most people complete their whitening process and
still have some whitening gel left over to do touch-ups later.
How important are mouldable mouthpieces? - Very Important.
Having a mouldable mouthpiece is essential to assure proper bleaching
results. Non-mouldable mouthpieces may cause inconsistent bleaching or
spotting on the teeth and they are uncomfortable to wear.
Smile-Bright offers two types of mouldable mouthpieces, do-it-yourself
Boil & Bite mouthpieces and professional dental lab-created
mouthpieces. Both types are effective and you may decide which
type is best for you. See below for detailed differences between both
types of mouthpieces.
I already have a set of mouldable mouthpieces! Can I buy
just the whitening gel from Smile-Bright? - Yes, we sell dental
bleaching 22% Carbamide Peroxide whitening gel separately. This refill
gel is the same strength that is sold in dental bleaching kits and
Professional Dental Offices. It can be used with any dental tray
in the same way as your previous whitening gel.
Why is Smile-Bright better than other whiteners? - Simply put,
other products do not work effectively. Some over-the-counter
trays are not mouldable to your teeth and do not hold the gel in the
proper position. Many OTC whitening gels are not thick enough to
stay in place and will leak out of the tray. Many OTC gels
typically have less effective active ingredients or a lower
concentration of active ingredients. Many professional dental whitening
systems provide so little whitening gel that refills will be required
to get the desired result. In short, the Smile-Bright System offers
more effective whitening power for your money than any other system.
Is The Smile-Bright System the same thing Dentists sell me for £300
or more? -
Yes, Our system uses the same active ingredients, percent concentration
and methodology as those used in professional dental offices. In
fact many dentists sell dental bleaching to their patients. (And buy
them from us!) We provide you with mouldable mouthpieces and
supply you with a high quality, effective whitening gel exactly like
the formula used in dental offices.
What causes tooth discoloration? - There are many causes. The
most common include consumption of foods, coffee, tea, wine, sodas and
smoking. In other words, our teeth naturally get more and more stained
as time goes on and we continue to live our lives. NOTE -
Tetracycline discoloration and artificial dental work are usually not
greatly responsive to dental bleaching.
Who may benefit from tooth whitening? - Almost everyone.
However, there are some cases where treatment may not be effective.
Tooth Whitening is ideal for patients who have healthy, un-restored
teeth and would like a whiter, brighter smile.
Is it safe to bleach my teeth at home? - Yes, the Smile-Bright
System is especially designed to be an easy-to-use system with detailed
usage instructions. Over a decade of research indicates that
whitening teeth with Carbamide Peroxide is safe and effective. All of
our products comply with FDA regulations.
How long does the bleaching process take? - Results are
dependent upon each individual characteristics of each person and the
daily wear-time of the mouthpieces, but most people usually see results
within the first week (or first 5 cumulative whitening hours). Maximum
results occur after 10-20 cumulative whitening hours.
Are there any side effects? - Some people experience temporary
tooth sensitivity during treatment. Others have reported discomfort in
the gums or in loose fillings. Gum irritation usually disappears within
1-3 days after beginning the procedure and always upon the
discontinuation or completion of treatment. There are no other
significant side effects.
NOTE - Although there is no clinical evidence to the contrary
- Pregnant or Nursing Women should not engage in dental