WHAT IS A TEETH WHITENING TREATMENT?

The teeth whitening treatment is an application of 22% hydrogen peroxide for 10 nights.

 

DOES IT HURT?

Some sensitivity may occur during the teeth whitening treatment. The gum may also be irritated if in direct contact with the peroxide.

 

HOW LONG WILL THE RESULTS LAST?

The result is measured in years. Yet we often forget our original teeth color. Psychological expectations may lead to repeat the treatment more often than required. Of course, there is also an hygienic component that can affect the longevity of the teeth whitening. Certain habits such as smoking, will also reduce the longevity of the result. Generally speaking, we recommend a minimum of a year before a new treatment.

 

HOW DOES IT WORK?

It’s a chemical reaction between the hydrogen peroxide and the enamel proteins. The peroxide changes the compliance of the proteins, changing the way it reflect light. A bit like a tan, proteins will be renewed over the years. With the renewal of enamel proteins, the effect of the teeth whitening gradually decrease.

 

DOES MY FILLINGS AND CROWNS WHITEN?

No, since there is no protein on the fillings and crowns. Only the natural enamel will react to the peroxyde.

 

IS THERE AN ALTERNATIVE?

In the case of fillings, they must be replaced after the teeth whitening treatment. For bridges and crowns, it is possible to change them or enhance them with veneers like LUMINEERS to harmonized with the new color. This last option reduces the extent of restoration works.

 

I’M A SMOKER. CAN I HAVE THIS TREATMENT?

Yes, but during the whitening treatment, you will have to stop smoking. The carcinogenic potential of nicotine is increased in the presence of peroxide. It will take 24 hours after the treatment for the amplified effects of the peroxide to disappear. Alternatively if you can’t stop smoking for two weeks, you have to consider a laser whitening treatment.