FAQs - Teeth Whitening & Bleaching (NITE WHITE®)
What is Teeth Whitening?
Teeth Whitening is a bleaching process that lightens the discoloration of enamel and dentin (layers of the tooth). The NITE WHITE® system uses a clear, peppermint cream, piña colada or wild cherry flavored gel retained in a custom-fitted tray that is worn over your teeth either while you’re sleeping or during the day.
What Causes Discolouration?
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.
Can I Benefit from Teeth Whitening?
Almost anyone can! However there are some cases where the treatment might not be effective. Consult with your dentist to determine (through an examination and diagnosis) whether you are a viable candidate. The tooth whitening system is ideal for patients who have healthy, unrestored teeth and would like to have a whiter, brighter smile. It is not recommended for pregnant or lactating women or people with serious health conditions as studies have not been done in these areas to date.
Is the Process Safe?
YES! Research indicates that whitening teeth with carbamide peroxide under the supervision of a dentist is safe for teeth and gums.
What is the Process?
- During your dental visit, your dentist will take impressions of your teeth. These will allow the dentist to make custom fit gel holding trays.
- During your second visit you will be fitted with your trays and be given your NITE WHITE® gel and specific instructions.
- Follow the take home instructions and those of your dentist, continuing to maintain proper oral hygiene through brushing and flossing.
How Long Does it Take?
Results are usually noticeable after the first application and maximum results occur when the process is continued for 10-14 days or nights.
How Long Do the Results Last?
Your teeth will always be lighter than they originally were. It is difficult to evaluate the long term stability, since it differs depending on lifestyle and the consumption of red wine, coffee, tea, tobacco, etc. Some patients may need periodic re-whitening of one or two applications every six to twelve months.