Whiter Teeth in 10 Days
If you don’t mind waiting a bit the traditional at home teeth whitening also works extremely well. Its main advantage is that it is less costly than the one hour whitening because in office chair time is reduced. Its main disadvantage is that you have to wear the whitening trays for 4 to 6 hours a day for 10 to 14 days. We feature Discus Dental’s Nite White and Day White Products with this method.
At the first appointment, one of staff will make impressions of your teeth to fabricate whitening trays for you. The trays are custom made for your mouth and are lightweight so that they can be worn comfortably while you are awake or sleeping. The trays are so thin that you should even be able to talk and work while wearing them. Along with the trays, you’ll receive the whitening kit and instructions on how to use it.
Our at home whitening system recommends that you bleach your teeth from four to six hours a day, usually at night. Generally it will take ten to fourteen days to complete.
How Long Does It Last?
Lightness should last from one to five years, depending on your personal habits such as smoking and drinking coffee and tea. At this point you may choose to get a touch up kit and whiten your teeth for a night or two. This is very inexpensive because you can still use the same whitening trays.
How Does it Work?
The active ingredient in most of the whitening agents is 10 percent carbamide peroxide (CH4N2O2). When water contacts this white crystal, the release of hydrogen peroxide lightens the teeth. Our system uses 16% or 22% carbamide peroxide which whitens faster and whiter than the 10% kits.
Is It Safe? Any Side Effects?
Several studies, during the past five years, have proven bleaching to be safe and effective. The American Dental Association has granted its seal of approval to our whitening products. Some patients may experience slight gum irritation or tooth sensitivity, which will resolve when the treatment ends.
What Are Realistic Expectations?
No one can really predict how much lighter your teeth will become. Every case is different. Typically, there is a two to four shade or more improvement as seen on a dentist’s shade guide. The success rate depends upon the type of stain involved and your compliance. Bleaching does not lighten artificial materials such as resins, or porcelains so existing restorations on your front teeth may have to be replaced. We will inform you about your situation before we begin the whitening process so you don’ t get any surprises.
Whitening is a proven safe, effective way to give your smile that brightness it may be lacking. All of our staff have had it done and are able to answer any questions you may have.