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Questions and answers for teeth whitening at Smile Teeth Whitening

  • What is the process of teeth whitening at Smile?
  • How long does the teeth whitening treatment take?
  • What results should I expect after a Smile Teeth Whitening treatment?
  • Is a Smile Teeth Whitening treatment safe/right for me?
  • What is the Smile whitening agent used?
  • What if my teeth start hurting during the procedure?
  • What if I experience tooth sensitivity after treatment?
  • Who performs the teeth whitening procedure?
  • What causes my teeth to become yellow or discolour?
  • How long will my teeth stay white after the treatment?

What is the process of teeth whitening at Smile?

We begin by measuring your current tooth shade with our Smile shade guide. Our guests are given a teeth cleaning wipe to clean and dry the outer surface of the teeth, and then insert a cheek retractor into the mouth to expose the teeth. To protect and hydrate lips and gums, a Vitamin E swab is administered. The guest applies the 6% food grade hydrogen peroxide gel to exposed teeth with the applicator pen. The guest relaxes while the LED accelerator light is positioned over teeth for a period of 15 minutes. At the end of the treatment, the guest rinses with mouthwash and the new shade is recorded. This process can be repeated for another 2 x 15 minute treatments at the request of the guest. Guests are given post treatment instructions to maintain and care for their new smile.

How long does the teeth whitening treatment take?

Choose from a single 15 minute treatment, double 30 minute treatment (2 x 15 minute treatments) or triple 45 minute treatment (3 x 15 minute treatments). Please allow an additional 15 minutes for the whole Smile experience, including paperwork, Q&A discussion, preparation and post treatment information.

What results should I expect after a Smile Teeth Whitening treatment?

A single 15 minute treatment can produce results of up to 4 shades whiter teeth. A double or triple (30 or 45 minute) treatment, can produce results of up to 6-12 shades whiter teeth. You will see your best results 48 hours after the treatment, as your teeth will be dehydrated and enamel tubules (pores) are open temporarily as a result of the teeth whitening treatment. If you have a big event coming up, schedule a treatment 48 hours prior to your event!

Is a Smile Teeth Whitening treatment safe/right for me?

Clinical research has shown that cosmetic teeth whitening is very safe. However, Smile Teeth Whitening does not recommend the treatment for pregnant or lactating women, people under the age of 16, people with gum disease, loose or decayed teeth, open cavities, overly sensitive teeth, leaking fillings, cracked teeth, exposed roots or other dental or health conditions, or people with a known allergy to hydrogen peroxide.
People who have had braces removed should wait 6 months for cement residue to wear off before getting teeth whitening treatment and people with a piercing or other metal objects in the oral cavity should remove them before the treatment as they may turn black. Please note this treatment will not affect the colour of any crowns, caps or dentures and certain types of permanent stains or formations do not respond well to teeth whitening.

What is the Smile whitening agent used?

Smile Teeth Whitening use a 6% hydrogen peroxide food grade gel to whiten teeth. Other teeth whitening kits offer carbamide peroxide to whiten teeth, which is a longer process, as the carbamide peroxide must fist break down into hydrogen peroxide before it begins to whiten teeth.

What if my teeth start hurting during the procedure?

There should be no discomfort or pain experienced during the procedure. If there is any pain or discomfort experienced, the procedure will be stopped immediately, and we would strongly recommend that you consult your Dentist, since any pain experienced during the treatment could be a sign of (among other things) an open cavity.

What if I experience tooth sensitivity after treatment?

Although uncommon, you may experience some tooth sensitivity during the first 24 hours after the whitening treatment. This is normal and usually mild and subsides within 24 hours. If you have existing sensitivity, recently cracked teeth, micro-cracks, open cavities, leaking fillings, exposed roots, or other dental conditions that cause sensitivity, you may find that these conditions increase or prolong tooth sensitivity after the treatment.

Who performs the teeth whitening procedure?

The Smile Teeth Whitening treatment is a self-administered process by our guests, with the assistance and guidance of our Smile technicians. At Smile Teeth Whitening, we will give no dental opinions or advice, and we recommend our guests visit their Dentist regularly.

What causes my teeth to become yellow or discolour?

The most common cause of discolouring is natural ageing and prolonged consumption of staining agents such as coffee, tea, red wine, soft drinks and some foods such as curries, sauces and fruits. Some people have different types of staining that can occur up to the age of 12 years, when children are exposed to excessive levels of fluoride, and tetracycline or other antibiotics. These can cause permanent stains or formations that do not respond well to teeth whitening.

How long will my teeth stay white after the treatment?

The teeth whitening results can last 1-2 years depending on your lifestyle and habits. This will vary from person to person, based on their exposure to staining agents such as coffee, soft drinks, red wine, some foods such as curries and fruits etc. Smoking has a significant effect on the lifespan of the whitening effect and will result in requiring a more regular cycle of teeth whitening. To maintain your smile over the long term, we suggest that you:

  • Brush your teeth regularly after meals.
  • Visit your Dentist regularly.
  • Do not smoke.
  • Minimise consumption of dark staining agents, such as coffee, tea, red wine, curry, soy sauce and coke etc.