Some Common Questions
What is tooth whitening?
It's actually a bleaching process that lightens discolorations of enamel and dentin. The system uses a mild solution retained in a custom-fitted appliance that is worn over your teeth while you sleep.
What causes tooth discoloration?
There are many causes. The most common include aging, consumption of staining substances (coffee, tea, colas, tobacco), trauma, tetracycline (antibiotic) staining, excessive fluoride, nerve degeneration, and old restorations.
Who may benefit from tooth whitening?
Almost everyone. However, there are some cases where the treatment may not be effective. A dentist may determine viable candidates or the process through a thorough oral examination and diagnosis. The tooth-lightening system is ideal for patients who have healthy, unrestored teeth and would like to have a whiter, brighter smile.
Why is the Nite White process unique?
You can whiten your teeth comfortably and effectively, in private, while you sleep or for a few hours during the day.
Is the process safe?
Research indicates that whitening teeth with carbamide peroxide under the supervision of a dentist is safe for teeth and gums.
How does it work?
The Nite White gel is placed in a thin bleaching tray that fits over your teeth. As the active ingredient in the gel, carbamide peroxide, is broken down, oxygen enters the enamel and dentin and bleaches the colored substances. The structure of the tooth is not changed; only the tooth color is made lighter.
How long does it take?
Results are usually seen in the first night. Maximum results generally occur when the process is continued for 10 to 14 nights.
Are there any side effects?
Some people experience increased tooth sensitivity to cold during the treatment. Others have reported temporary discomfort, such as gum or tooth sensitivity. These symptoms always disappear within 1-3 days after interruption or completion of the treatment.
How long do the results last?
The teeth will always be lighter than they were. However, some patients may need periodic re-bleaching for one or two nights every four to six to twelve months.
A Note of Assurance
Tooth whitening is a relatively new process in cosmetic dentistry. However, the solution that is employed has been safely used for many years in the treatment of gums and oral soft tissues.
The whitening process is most effective on mildly discolored teeth. Darker stains, such as those caused by antibiotics take longer to respond to treatment. THe degree of whiteness will vary from patient to patient, depending on the structure of the teeth and the duration of time that the system is used.
If you have questions, please ask your dentist. We're here to help you maximize you smile. The introduction of Nite White means the whiter, brighter smile you've always dreamed of can be yours in just a few days.
Remember, only a dentist can make your teeth their whitest!