The whitening procedure with a gel and Whitening Lamp 2 helps to lift stains from the enamel and make the teeth whiter and brighter.
If you are planning to restore your teeth with crowns, it is recommended to whiten your teeth before the restoration, as it is not possible to change the colour of the artificial crown later on.
Why do teeth darken?
The colour of enamel is highly individual and genetically determined. As we age, our tooth enamel gets darker. The discolouration can also be caused by smoking or a diet that is rich in tannins, i.e. products containing fruit, vegetables or other added natural or artificial colourants, or drinks such as tea, coffee and red wine.
Is it difficult to whiten teeth?
The teeth whitening procedure is very convenient for the patient. It requires only one visit to the dentist where you can sit back and relax and in about an hour you leave with a whiter and brighter smile.
What does the whitening procedure entail?
Gum protection is applied to the gums. A whitening gel containing 6% hydrogen peroxide is applied to the teeth. The gel-covered teeth are then placed under the WHITEsmile Whitening Lamp 2 for 15–20 minutes. After that, the gel is removed and a new layer of gel is applied. This procedure is repeated 2–3 times. At the end of the procedure, the gel is rinsed off and the gum protection is removed. If necessary, a gel is applied to the teeth at the end of the procedure to reduce tooth sensitivity.
You are now ready to show off your beautiful bright smile!
What is WHITEsmile Whitening Lamp 2?
WHITEsmile Whitening Lamp 2 is a new lamp based on LED technology that activates the whitening gel thanks to its blue light. The lamp does not emit UV radiation or heat, therefore it reduces the risk of tooth sensitivity during and after the procedure.
Is whitening safe for your teeth?
If your teeth and gums are healthy, then the procedure is not harmful. Tests have shown that this type of teeth whitening is safe for both teeth and gums.
Does the whitening procedure have any side effects?
The procedure is generally painless. Some patients may experience increased tooth sensitivity during and after the procedure. According to clinical trials show that 90% of patients do not experience increased sensitivity and 10% experience it minimally. Usually all side effects go away within 1–2 days. If needed, your dentist can recommend products that reduce tooth sensitivity.
How white can my teeth get?
Most patients will see great results. The result can vary depending on the stains on your teeth, the thickness of the enamel, your age and habits.
How can I keep teeth white after whitening?
To maintain your bright smile and prolong the effects of whitening, we recommend the following:
- Do not smoke or consume coffee, tea or red wine for 4 hours after the whitening procedure;
- Use a toothpaste that contains fluoride to brush your teeth with twice a day;
- Use dental floss regularly to ensure good oral hygiene;
- Try to limit your consumption of foods and drinks that contain tannins (red wine, coffee, tea, soy) and smoking.
More recommendations for how to care for your teeth after a whitening treatment can be found here “Teeth whitening aftercare”.
Will teeth whitening work for dental crowns and bridges?
The whitening procedure is not intended for dental crowns and bridges.
How long will the result last?
How long the result lasts depends on the structure of your teeth, your oral hygiene routine and eating habits. Practising good oral hygiene – brushing teeth, flossing, getting your teeth cleaned regularly at the dentist (soda wash 1–2 times a year) – will ensure a long-lasting bright smile.
What else should I know?
It is prohibited to use tooth whitening products containing hydrogen peroxide on persons under the age of 18 or those who are pregnant.
According to Directive 2011/84/EU, the use of tooth whitening products containing more than 0.1% hydrogen peroxide is allowed only on the recommendation of a dental practitioner or under their direct supervision.
See also “Smile packages”.