After having performed well over 3,000 and counting “Customized” Teeth Whitening Treatments – The following represent the MOST OFTEN ASKED QUESTIONS
How Long will my Whitening Treatment Last?
Such a simple question – yet the answers can vary significantly depending on who you ask! And how honest will they be?
THE FACTS: Teeth Whitening is a cosmetic treatment – much like coloring your hair or receiving Botox injections, which require routine maintenance and Touch Ups. Teeth Whitening is no exception! The truth is, life fights against us having & maintaining white teeth. If somehow one could manage to NEVER – Eat, Drink or Expose your teeth to smoke – whitening would virtually LAST FOREVER!
BUT WAIT! Most whitening treatments claim “It will last for years“. Well, sure in the sense that it probably will take years for your teeth to regress all the way to where they were prior to them being whitening. But, That’s not what you are really asking! Truth is, you’re looking at your new white smile – Amazed at how beautiful your teeth look! And what you really want to know is: HOW LONG WILL THEY LOOK THIS GOOD? Now that’s where Diet, Lifestyle, Habits and the Porosity of your teeth all factor into your ability to keep stains from adhering to your teeth. It is not rocket science to achieve AND maintain Healthy White Teeth.
Whiten Up Today, carries several products to maintain white teeth (Guaranteed to be effective!) in between recommended periodic “Express” Whitening Touch Ups. Currently, the only “1 and Done” treatment on the market today to achieve and maintain a perfect white smile and teeth resistant to staining agents, would be to contact an Experienced Cosmetic Dental Professional and inquire as to time/cost of Porcelain Veneers.
How White can I get my Teeth?
First of all, understand that all tooth colors are based on 3 Criteria
- Hue – The underlying color of existing teeth
- Chroma – The Intensity of the underlying color
- Value – Black/White value of a tooth’s appearance or How Bright it Appears to be
During the consultation phase, Whiten Up Today! will evaluate the “Hue” of every client’s teeth, in order that we may evaluate just “How white can we get that client’s teeth”.
Results will always vary on certain factors. But one that we consider to be most important is “Hue Color”
People who have a “Lighter Undertone” have higher degrees of Whitening Results than people with a “Brownish Undertone”. For people with a “Gray Undertone” Whitening Treatments are less noticeable – but still effective!
Clients with a Dark Brown of Gray Hue might consider a “Deep Core” Whitening Treatment in order to lighten the underlying color of the teeth.
I understand that Dentists rarely, if ever, perform Teeth Whitening Treatments, however I was under the notion that you had to be “Dental Assistant/Technician” to do Teeth Whitening?
Teeth Whitening was invented/discovered in the 1960’s..quite by accident..by a Dentist, however really didn’t go mainstream until the early 1990’s when Dr.Bill Dorfman..A Dentist founded the company Discus Dental which began marketing Teeth Whitening Systems to Dentists to increase their office revenue by offering Whitening Treatments to their patients..As a result of Dentists being the first commonly known group to offer whitening it has become a quite common misconception that one MUST BE A DENTIST to perform a Teeth Whitening Treatment. In Actuality Dental Offices are usually a very good choice to have the treatment performed but certainly not the only one.
How Much Does it Cost?
Wow! What an incredibly simple decision it would be if the cost of the Whitening Treatment were the ONLY CONSIDERATION in the decision making process! In addition to cost, other equally important factors should be considered in the decision –
How effective is the treatment (aka – Does it work)? How much time will you spend in achieving healthy looking white teeth? Because if it doesn’t work, in addition to wasting your valuable time – we could give it to you for FREE and it still wouldn’t be worth it! Every consumer has 2 valuable and limited resources that need to be considered and evaluated prior to any purchase – TIME & MONEY – and nobody likes to waste either one! The Teeth Whitening Industry has an overwhelmingly endless array of options. Consumers will spend 2.5 Billion dollars this year in an attempt to have whiter teeth. Far too many current Whiten Up Today! clients have shared with us the frustration and disappointment in time and money wasted on “Informercial” Whitening Products, Internet Purchases and “Deal of the Day” purchases promising whiter teeth!
In summary, had the claims & promises been met – they wouldn’t be our clients! SO BUYER BEWARE – We understand that you can get your teeth whitened at the mall for $45 or Go to a Tanning Salon with no online customer reviews and receive an hour long generic whitening treatment for $99. But in all likelihood, you will be wasting those oh so precious resources – Time and Money!
I’ve heard teeth whitening will damage the enamel of my teeth! Is that true?
Studies have been done on this and it’s been proven that the chemicals in teeth whitening agents do not cause any softening or wearing of the enamel on the teeth!
Acid and acid alone is the only element, in whitening products, that can damage the gums or the structure of the teeth. For this reason, Whiten Up Today! highly recommends that you DO NOT USE WHITENING STRIPS – These products work by dissolving/removing a layer of enamel to show the new white teeth. If you have overused Whitening Strips and now feel you have overly sensitive teeth – Contact Your Dentist – and see if the use of a prescription toothpaste called Prevident 5000 will help restrengthen the enamel of your teeth.
CONSUMER ALERT: Whitening gels – because they’re not regulated – are where many treatment providers try to save money! Whitening gel is expensive when it’s purchased from a USA Distributor, FDA Registered, Fresh (no more than 7 Days old when applied to your teeth) and PH Balanced. Foreign purchased (typically China & India) and outdated/expired whitening gel (often sold on the internet), while very inexpensive – will not whiten the teeth as well! And will increase the likelihood of painful sensitivity after the treatment!
Why does your treatment method cause less sensitivity than other treatments I’ve done?
Two Reasons – one, we have desensitizing agents in the whitening gel to help alleviate sensitivity, we also pretreat the teeth with a blend of potassium nitrate (ingredient in Sensodyne), calcium phosphate and fluoride.
Secondly – Based on your answers and information derived from your “Accessed Sensitivity Level” (A.S.L.) completed by you prior to the whitening consultation, we actually will quantify and categorize your A.S.L. and then select the appropriate Treatment parameters (Laser Intensity/Whitening Cycles/Whitening Gel Compound) that will allow you to attain maximum whitening results with minimal or no sensitivity.
Why does your treatment whiten so well?
Our whitening gel, activated by the LightBridge™ Laser Light restores your teeth’s ability to absorb oxygen. The gel forms microscopic bubbles that permeate deeply into the teeth, dissolving stain molecules. revealing your natural Shade of white teeth that have been hidden and dulled by Surface Stains.
Our LightBridge™ Laser Technology has shown the ability to whiten teeth up to 50% more effectively than the “BLEACH ONLY” approach, commonly practiced in “Dental Salons/Spas” – where no accelerating light is utilized in conjunction with an extremely high % of Bleach H2O2. The Danger here is PAINFUL SENSITIVITY & INCREASED TEETH DEHYDRATION!
Whiten Up Today!’s take on the “BLEACH ONLY” approach is that you could easily do that at home by yourself! And at least be able to use Teeth Whitening Trays, which adds a whitening element of “applying some pressure” to the treatment.
I’ve had my teeth whitened several times at several different places offering a variety of treatments. Why do they look so great for a few days up to a month, then not so great. Why is that?
3 main factors contribute to how long whitening lasts..Your personal habits/lifestyle/diet..Your oral hygiene routine..and finally..the porosity of your teeth.At Whiten Up Today we offer the Deepest..Longest Lasting Whitening treatment on the market today.with that said we generally recommend that once a client achieves their desired whitening level..that a routine “Express” Touch-up be done approx.every 6 months..Now given the 3 previously mentioned factors this can vary widely between clients.REMEMBER:..Whitening like any other cosmetic treatment..skin..hair..etc..
Will my teeth look TOO White or unnatural?
No – Real teeth can’t look too white or unnatural – They just look beautifully white – A healthy natural PEARL WHITE! If you have seen people with what appears to be “over-bleached teeth” – what you saw was some form of Dental Restoration. False Teeth/Crowns/Veneers/Lumineers that were made too white!
And remember – One Person’s “TOO White” is another’s “Just Right”!
Is age a factor in how white I can get my teeth?
Yes – Especially if you are a “First Time Teeth Whitener” – The older we get the longer our teeth have been exposed to Life’s Staining agents – so in essence – the Further up the Whitening Shade Guide we need to travel.
Additionally, As we age the mineral content of our teeth diminish over time-which is a factor of how white teeth can get.
Are there any simple/everyday things I can do to keep my teeth white longer after a whitening?
Absolutely, Inclusive with your “Take Home” Instructions and whitening maintenance recommendations (Which are designed specifically for a client, based on the information we receive from each client’s “Smile Profile”) are a list of “No Cost/Practical” steps every whitening client can practice everyday.
Is your treatment effective on Veneers, Crowns and Porcelain?
Well Yes and No – Our treatment will remove the surface stains off of any dental restoration procedures a client may have had (Yes these too are subject to life’s everyday stains). However, since they are not porous, like natural teeth, they will not stain at the same rate.
Short of seeing your Dental Professional to update or remake your Cosmetic Dental Procedure, our whitening treatment cannot make them whiter than originally created. Since our treatment is CUSTOMIZED – Your whitening treatment will be performed in such a manner that we will achieve a shade match of the restoration and the natural teeth producing BRIGHT, EVEN · ATTRACTIVE RESULTS.
What do you mean by “Customized” Teeth Whitening? Aren’t all whitening treatments about the same?
Unfortunately the answer is Yes! The vast majority of treatments will do the EXACT SAME THING each time, regardless of any variables that should be considered! Very grateful, that my Physician, Auto Mechanic and Hairdresser don’t do business that way!
By “Customized Teeth Whitening” we mean that rarely do we perform an identical whitening treatment on our Whiten Up Today! clients. The exception being a “current client” scheduling a routine touch-up.
Every client goes through our “Accessed Sensitivity Level” (A.S.L.). We then quantify information gathered to determine the appropriate protocol:
- Intensity of our LightBridge™ Laser Technology (Gentle · Normal · Intense Settings)
- Cycles and timing of the whitening treatments
- Whitening Gel determination. Selection of the correct formula is critical in order to achieve maximum whitening results with minimal/zero associated sensitivity.
Further, since no 2 clients have identical “Smile Standards” (ie “One person’s TOO WHITE is another’s JUST RIGHT). We utilize “our 10 whitening variables” unique to every client, in order to determine a sound recommendation as to the initial whitening treatments, scheduled routine whitening touch-ups, at-home teeth whitening routines and then finally, any special or unique whitening recommendations
based on such variables as lifestyle, diet, habits, client’s profession, oral care hygiene, age, etc.
Lastly, all information is kept on file for easy reference anytime a client ever has a question regarding the whitening maintenance of their teeth, and for future Teeth Whitening routine maintenance such as “In-Office Touch-ups”, use and effectiveness of specific “At-Home” treatments, etc.
Teeth Whitening should not be A ONE & DONE cosmetic treatment. Over the course of time, perhaps several years, teeth will eventually succumb to life’s onslaught of coffee, tea, red wine and all those deliciously delightful foods that taste so good but make our teeth look so bad!
It’s not rocket science to attain & maintain a confident, Bright and White Smile – You just need to have the right people working on your behalf.