WE KNOW THAT WHITENING WORKS, BUT HOW IS IT PERFORMED?
The active bleaching agent (hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide) contained in the gels penetrates the enamel to reach the molecules responsible for stains. The oxygen free radicals released by the bleaching agent break down these molecules (breaking the bonds that hold them together), making them invisible.
WHY CHOOSING A WHITENING MUST BE DONE UNDER THE SUPERVISION OF THE DENTAL PROFESSIONAL?
The whitening treatment done under the supervision of a dental professional is a guarantee of safety and makes it possible to obtain the best possible results. The bleaching should be carried out only after a correct history of the patient that allows identifying the most appropriate treatment to their needs. Whitening treatment should always be preceded by professional cleaning since dental plaque inhibits or reduces the effect of bleaching agents. Finally, the dental professional monitors the entire process, monitoring progress and treating side effects or possible adverse reactions such as tooth sensitivity.
IS WHITENING IS FOR EVERYONE?
Teeth whitening is a safe and comfortable way to get a bright white smile. The results and duration of treatment may vary depending on the initial tone of your teeth and the desired result. Crowns, bridges, reconstructions and veneers never bleach.
HOW LONG DOES DENTAL WHITENING LAST?
The results of a professional whitening are very stable, staying your splendid and bright smile long after the treatment. However, there are some factors that influence the duration of treatment. Factors such as genetics, diet, age, some medications (such as tetracycline) and certain habits (such as smoking) can affect the duration of your whitening results.
DOES WHITENING CAUSE SENSITIVITY IN TEETH?
Tooth sensitivity is a relatively common side effect of whitening. If sensitivity occurs, it will be temporary and will disappear once the bleaching is complete. However, most products include desensitizing agents such as potassium nitrate and fluoride, these agents have proven effective in reducing or eliminating dental sensitivity, producing greater patient comfort.
WILL WHITENING WEAKEN MY TEETH?
The whitening gel contains potassium nitrate and fluoride. Together they help maintain the general health of the enamel. 1-5
WHAT ARE THE OPTIONS AVAILABLE FOR WHITENING MY TEETH?
It is available in different concentrations and flavors. This means that you can whiten your teeth by choosing the option that best suits your lifestyle and customs. You can whiten your teeth with a personalized bucket (home use), with a pre-filled bucket (home treatment) or with a medical treatment (exclusive use in clinic).
1. Apply a small drop of gel in each compartment of the splint for the teeth that will undergo the treatment.
2. Place the splint containing the gel around your teeth.
3. Wipe off any excess gel from the mouth with a tissue or a soft dry toothbrush.
4. After treatment, remove the splint. Rinse the splint and mouth with warm water.
5. Brush the teeth.
- If your teeth are sensitive to hot or cold food or liquids
- Your gums bleed when you brush your teeth or floss
- You have fillings, crowns, dental implants, dental prostheses, etc.
- You are not happy with the way your smile or teeth look
- You persistently have bad breath or a bad taste in your mouth
- You’re pregnant
- Your mouth, face or throat hurt
- You have difficulties chewing or swallowing
- You have a family history of gum disease or cavities
- You suffer from a medical condition like diabetes, cardiovascular illnesses, food disorders or are HIV positive
- Your mouth is often dry
- You are a smoker or use tobacco products
- You are receiving medical treatment like chemotherapy
- Your bite is misaligned
Regular dental check-ups are important because they can help with identifying oral health issues from their onset, when they are likely to be easier and more affordable to treat. They also help prevent the development of many oral issues from the start. Visiting your dentist regularly is important because some illnesses or medical conditions have symptoms that may appear in the mouth.
There is no one rule when it comes to dental treatments. Some people need to visit their dentist once or twice per year, while others might require more visits. You are a unique individual, with a unique smile and very specific needs when it comes to preserving that healthy smile.