About Teeth Whitening
Teeth whitening is one of the simplest cosmetic procedures if done right. Doing it right means using a proper whitening agent (that is, a good hydrogen peroxide gel) and an appropriate whitening accelerator. The most practical accelerator is an LED lamp emitting cold blue light with a wavelength of around 465 nanometers. This wavelength of light is ideal for activating the hydrogen peroxide and accelerating the whitening process.
The procedure is very simple. Hydrogen peroxide gel is applied to the teeth. A cold blue light is placed directly in front of your exposed teeth and ran for 15-20 minutes per treatment. Typically, we perform 2-3 treatments, with 3 giving the best results.
A cosmetic teeth whitening treatment will NOT make your teeth pearly white. It will make them whiter. How much whiter? It really depends on a multitude of factors, including how stained your teeth were before the whitening, what kind of staining agent caused most of the coloration, how well your enamel reacts to peroxide and the number of treatments performed. It also depends on the kind of gel (carbamide vs. hydrogen peroxide), the concentration of the teeth whitening gel and the kind of application system that is used.
Most people will get impressive results while a few will get less dramatic results, but 99% of people are very satisfied with the results they obtain with our system. Some people’s teeth cannot really be whitened at all, such as those that were stained by the antibiotic tetracycline or fluorosis.
When trying to choose between using a dentist or Glo for your teeth whitening needs consider this: Dentists use a higher concentrated formula of the gel than we do. While you may see results faster with a dentist the end result will be the same. Whiter Teeth. Our gel is also less irritating to your gums making your whitening experience more pleasant. So if you are looking for a whiter smile that is less irritating to your gums and doesn’t cost a fortune….. Glo of LKN is your best choice.
Q & A
Q. What causes tooth discoloration?
A. There are many causes of tooth discoloration. Some of the most common include aging and
heavily pigmented food and beverages. More serious causes are excessive fluoride or tetracycline
Q. How does teeth whitening work?
A. The active ingredient in the teeth whitening gel is hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide.
The peroxide enters the tooth and safely removes stains by bleaching the enamel and dentin.
Q. Who should NOT undergo teeth whitening?
A. Any of the following:
- Pregnant or lactating women
- People with poor enamel or decalcification caused by excessive use of fluorides.
- People with periodontal disease including gingivitis or gums in poor condition
- People who wear braces
- People who recently had oral surgery
- People with decaying teeth or exposed roots
- People with open cavities
- People with a history of allergic reactions to peroxide products
- People under the age of 14
Q. Who may benefit from teeth whitening?
A. Almost everyone. However, there are some cases where treatment may not be effective.
Tetracycline (antibiotic) discolorations and artificial dental work are usually not greatly
responsive to dental bleaching.
Q. Will teeth whitening work on crowns, veneers and other artificial dental work?
No. Teeth whitening will not work on crowns, veneers or composite fillings. The gel will only
whiten natural teeth.
Q. Are there any side effects?
A. The most common side effects from tooth whitening are tooth sensitivity and gum irritation.
These symptoms are temporary and should disappear after the whitening treatment.
Q. Is teeth whitening safe?
A. Yes. Decades of research have proven bleaching to be both safe and effective.
Q. How long does the whitening last?
A. This depends on the person’s habits and the porosity of the teeth. The results will normally last for 6 months to 2 year.
Touch-ups are recommended every 3-6 months.