??Power whitening is an in-office procedure that is the most cost-effective and safest technique available. We start by polishing your teeth to help remove surface stains. Then we place a protective barrier on your gums followed by a gel on your teeth designed to help prevent sensitivity. A whitener is then applied to your teeth. After a 15-minute cycle, the whitener is removed and fresh whitener is applied. Normally three cycles are needed to achieve desired results.
Q: How long does power whitening take?
A: Expect about 1 1/2 hours to complete the process.
Q: How long does the whitening last?
A: Darkening may recur within 1 – 3 years, but not back to the original stained color. For this reason, we have developed a unique program called, “Whiter Teeth for Life Club” designed to help you maintain brighter teeth.
Q: Will it harm my teeth?
A: No, not if whitening is done in-office or if it is dispensed by a dental professional for at home use.
Q: What does the whitening process do to my teeth?
A: 35% hydrogen peroxide soaks into the pores of the enamel and removes stains that have soaked into the teeth as well as stains on the surface of the teeth.
Q: How white will my teeth get?
A: Depending on the type of stain, you may achieve up to 10 shades of color change in one treatment. Very few people require additional whitening. Some stains caused by tetracycline antibiotics that occur in the developmental stage of teeth formation require additional whitening or an at home tray system used over several weeks. This type of staining has a grayish appearance near the gumline and can be diagnosed by your dental professional.
Q: Are there any reasons why I should not whiten my teeth?
A: Yes. Tooth colored fillings, crowns, bridges and veneers will not change color. If you have many restored teeth that show when you smile, they may appear darker than the surrounding teeth that have been whitened. However, if these fillings need replacement – now is the time to whiten your teeth so that the new fillings can be matched to the color of your whitened teeth. If your fillings happen to be lighter than the surrounding teeth, we can often lighten the teeth to match closely to the fillings.
Q: Are there any side affects?
A: Some people may experience tooth sensitivity lasting a day or two. A toothpaste designed for sensitivity may help as well as a fluoride application.
Q: Do whitening toothpastes actually whiten teeth?
A: No. Whitening toothpastes are designed to help maintain whiteness after teeth have been professionally whitened. They are intended for stains on the outside surface of teeth. They have not been able to duplicate professional stain removal from within the teeth. Some of these toothpastes have a small amount of peroxide to help maintain whiter teeth after the whitening process but others have abrasives which can harm the enamel.
Q: How much does power whitening cost?
A: The whitening process fee is only $214, much less than the typical fee of $400-$500 at most dental offeces. Our “Whiter Teeth fo Life Club” maintenance program is only $39 to help you maintain bright teeth after power whitening.
Susan Divine, RDH