Frequently Asked Questions

Below you'll find the questions we hear most often from our patients about tooth whitening. If your question doesn't appear, please feel free to contact us. We want to hear from you.

What is tooth whitening?

It's a bleaching process that lightens discolorations of enamel and dentin. The system uses a mild solution retained in a custom-fitted tray that is worn over your teeth.  

What causes tooth discoloration?

There are many causes. The most common include, againg, consumption of staining substances (coffee, tea, colas, tobacco), trauma, nerve degeneration, and old restorations. During tooth formation, consumption of tetracycline or excessive fluride may also cause tooth discoloration.

Who may benefit from tooth whitening?

The vast majority of people will benefit from tooth whitening. However, there are some cases where the treatment may not be effective. A dentist may determine viable candidates for the process through a thorough oral examination and diagnosis. Darker stains, such as those caused by antibiotics, make take longer to respond to treatment. The degree of whiteness will vary from patient to patient, depending on the structure of the teeth, the number of applications, and/or the duration of time that the system is used.

Is the process safe?

YES! Research and clinical studies indicate that whitening teeth with Carbamide Peroxide or Hydrogen Peroxide under the supervision of a dentist is safe for teeth and gums. In fact, many dentists consider this whitening process the safest cosmetic dental procedure available today.

How does it work?

The whitening gel is placed in a thin bleaching tray that fits over your teeth. As the active ingredient in te gel is broken down, oxegen enters the enamel and dentin and bleaches the colored substances. The structure of the tooth is not changed; onlt the tooth color is made lighter.

How long does it take?

Results are usually seen after the first application. Maximum results generally occur when the process is continued for 10-14 nights. Nite White Turbo ACP results are seen in 3-6 nights.

Are there any side effects?

Some people may experience temporary increased tooth sensitivity to cold during the treatment. These symptoms disappear within 1-3 days after interruption or completion of the treatment. Patients using Nite White ACP/Day White ACP are less likely to get tooth sensitivity.

How long do the results last?

The teeth will always be lighter than they once were; however, some patients may need a tooth whitening "touch-up" for 1-2 days, once or twice a year. In order to maintain the whitest tooth shade possible, it is best to avoid substances like coffee, red wine and tobacco.

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