Frequently Asked Questions
Is it safe?
Extensive research and clinical studies indicate that if teeth and gums are normal and healthy there are no adverse effects to cosmetic whitening of teeth under the supervision of a dental professional. In fact, many dentists consider whitening the safest cosmetic dental procedure available.
The ingredients in the whitener I use are 100% pure with no fillers or additives. Only the finest ingredients are used (kosher USP glycerine, no animal by-products). Teeth whitening will not change or damage the structure of the teeth - it simply makes them whiter and brighter.
Who can whiten their teeth?
Almost anyone! However, treatment may not be as effective for some as it is for others. Allison Graham RDH, can determine if you are a suitable candidate with a Pre-Whitening Assessment, including a shade assessment. Teeth whitening treatment in general will not change or damage the structure of the teeth - it simply makes them whiter and brighter. Teeth whitening products are not recommended for children under 16 years of age and pregnant or lactating women.
Are there any side effects?
Rarely! Sensitivity during treatment may occur with some patients. On rare occasions, minor tingling sensations are experienced immediately after the procedure, but they always dissipate.
The whitener I use does not dehydrate the teeth and works with the oral fluids, thus minimizing sensitivity. Generally, little or no sensitivity is reported and existing sensitivity has not been noted to increase.Blanching may be seen on the gums if the product touches, or is in close contact with the gums. A treatment with Vitamin E oil will be used and it will help to minimize the discomfort.
How long does it last?
Long! By following some simple post-whitening care instructions, your teeth will always be lighter than they were before. To keep your teeth looking their best, we recommend flossing, brushing twice daily, and occasional in-office refresher sessions.
A whitening extender pen is designed specifically to keep your teeth at their brightest between treatments. This is available to purchase.