Our most frequently asked questions on whitening:
- Is whitening safe for my teeth? -Absolutely, whitening is simply oxidizing the colored stain particles from your teeth and leaves the mineral content unaltered
- Are the results going to be noticable? -Most definitely, but if you are looking for a less dramatic change in shade we can reduce your treatment time, thereby limiting the whitening effect.
- Will my teeth be sensitive? -We like you to be prepared for slight sensitivity, mainly the front teeth and while everyone is different, we find that 3 days is the most commonly reported duration. The teeth get a bit dehydrated and it just takes a few days for them to return to normal.
About our in chair whitening system
A pearly-white smile is beautiful to look at and can greatly improve self-confidence. Many people are opting for the Opalescense Boost® Chairside Whitening System for fast, safe and effective teeth whitening. It works the same as Zoom!® whitening but with less reported sensitivity. Boost® combines an anti-sensitivity formula with proven chemical formulas used to bleach the teeth. This ensures that the results are striking and sensitivity is minimized.
There are many reasons why teeth become stained or discolored, including tobacco use, and drinking dark liquids such as red wine, coffee, tea and cola. However, the natural aging process and prescription medication use can also cause yellowing and graying.
There are literally hundreds of whitening treatments available in the marketplace, including take-home strips, bleaching toothpastes and take-home whitening gels. Many take-home gels are ineffective and may not get you the desired results.
Boost® has many advantages over these other treatments, including:
All teeth treated simultaneously.
Faster treatment times.
Longer lasting results.
Removal of stains on crowns, veneers and other restorations.
Safe procedure and treatment.
Treatments are performed by an experienced professional.
It is important to seek advice from the dentist prior to beginning any bleaching treatment. Women who are pregnant or lactating should not use bleaching products.
How does Boost® whiten the teeth?
Boost® is a bleaching process that lightens the dentin and enamel of the teeth. Boost® contains a carbamide peroxide component (40%), which is the active ingredient in the gel. When carbamide peroxide is applied to the teeth, the peroxide component breaks down into tiny oxygen bubbles. It is these bubbles that eliminate yellowing and staining.
Laser light is used to activate the gel and expedite the whitening process. This laser light activates the whitening gel and reduces the amount of heat (and therefore sensitivity) on the surface of the teeth during the procedure. The structure of the teeth remains completely healthy and intact during and after the treatment.
As with any whitening system, the post-treatment results can vary according to the degree of staining and the condition of the teeth. A consultation with Dr. Tilden prior to treatment will provide information as to what kind of results Boost® can provide in specific instances. Boost® is only applied to healthy teeth and gums. If tooth decay or gum disease is an issue, these need to be controlled before the bleaching treatment is performed. That means we need current X-rays of your teeth to do a complete exam.
How is the Boost® treatment performed?
Prior to treatment, there will be a consultation where the dentist will outline the exact procedure. On treatment day, a cleaning (called prophylaxis) will be performed to rid the teeth of any debris and plaque. Then, special eyewear will be provided to protect the eyes from the laser light and splashguards to protect the clothing from the bleaching agent.
Here is a brief overview of the Boost® procedure:
Cheek retractors will be placed to expose the entire surface of the teeth.
The gums will be painted with a removeable protectant to reduce sensitivity.
Your whitening specialist will apply the whitening gel to the teeth in 2-3, 20 minute sessions.
Our brand new, state-of-the-art laser will then be applied to activate the gel. This specialized laser whitening light will be positioned to work on all the teeth simultaneously.
After 20 minutes, gel will be suctioned from the teeth and fresh gel will be applied for another 20 minutes.
Step 5 will be repeated and this will complete your 3 session whitening experience.
The gel will be removed for the final time.
All barrier material will be removed and your teeth will be rinsed off.
We show you the results, take some teeth pictures, then finish up by applying a coating of antisensitivity gel.
What happens after treatment?
The same external factors that caused the discoloration in the first place can quickly work their way back onto the teeth. For this reason, we recommend avoiding staining drinks like coffee, tea and red wine for 2 days, flossing once a day, brushing with an antisensitivity toothpaste twice a day. To really maintain your bright smile, we recommend once monthly 45 minute touch-ups using our prefilled Opalescense trays. These post-treatment measures will ensure that the smile stays at its whitest for a long time.
If you have questions about the Boost® in chair system, please ask your dentist.