Answers To Common Questions about Teeth Whitening
In this section, Cosmetic Bright have listed the various questions and corresponding answers to the many questions we have been asked in the past regarding cosmetic teeth whitening, laser whitening products and the various teeth whitening treatments available.
Q: How does dental bleaching remove stains?
A: Cosmetic or dental bleaching systems will remove most stains with a gentle action that whiten your teeth. As the active ingredient in our patented foam strips (hydrogen peroxide), is broken down, the augmentation light and the warmth acts upon the stained organic deposits, which oxidizes them, bringing your teeth back 5-10 shades lighter. This process makes the overall tooth colour closer to its natural unstained shade, while your tooth structure remains unchanged. Years of clinical tests have demonstrated the safety and effectiveness of this system. Crowns, bridges and fillings can also be whitened with the cosmetic bright system and will whiten to their original colour before staining.
Q: What is Light Augmented Teeth Whitening?
A: Light augmented teeth whitening is a cosmetic procedure provided using a typically blue augmentation light of low concentration. The augmentation light is used to enhance the penetration of the whitening hydrogen peroxide agent into your teeth enamel, thus improving the result of the tooth bleaching.
Q: Is teeth whitening painful?
A: Teeth whitening should not be painful, but in some cases it has been found to cause minor tooth and/or gum sensitivity. This is because some systems use hydrogen peroxide concentrations in the region of 30%. However the CosmeticBright system uses a 0.1% to 6% peroxide concentration in our whitening packs, which delivers perfect whitening every time with virtually no risk of post-treatment pain.
Q: What causes tooth discoloration?
A: Teeth naturally become gradually more stained as we get older. The most common causes of this include consumption of foods like coffee, tea, wine, and smoking. In some cases there may be medical reasons why teeth become discoloured (such as taking Tetracycline medication) in these cases the teeth are usually not responsive to dental bleaching.
Q: How long does tooth whitening last?
A: Studies confirm that once whitened, your teeth will stay white permanently. If staining substances such as caffeine or tobacco products are consumed regularly, then re-whitening may be necessary every few years.
Q: How quickly will clients see results?
A: Clients who have had their teeth whitened using the CosmeticBright light augmented teeth whitening system will see results immediately after the first 20 minute session. In almost all cases even the yellowest of teeth are restored to a more natural whiteness after 5 sessions.
Q: How white will the system make teeth?
A: The shade of white achieved depends on the natural whiteness of a client's teeth. It should be remembered that the system only bleaches the stains that have built up over time and so if your natural colour was a few shades darker than a Hollywood smile, you will return your teeth back to your natural shade only.
Q: Will clients need to see a Dentist?
A: We would always recommend that anyone who has not had a dental check-up in the last 6 months, should visit their dentist prior to using any form of dental whitening. However, a visit to the dentist is not a requirement either before or after treatment if teeth are in a good state of health.
Q: Can teeth whitening be given to people with crowns or false teeth?
A: The cosmetic bright system successfully whitens crowns and false teeth, restoring them to their original colour.
Health And Safety Aspect Of Teeth Whitening
Q: Is tooth whitening safe?
A: Dental whitening, using professional light augmented teeth whitening systems and low peroxide concentrations are completely safe. There have been many studies conducted by dental experts across the globe (including research to determine what happens to the tooth at a microscopic level), which have shown no detrimental effects of whitening. However at higher concentrations of peroxide (some systems use peroxide concentrations in the region of 30%), some people have reported post-treatment pain in their teeth for a few days. This is why the CosmeticBright system uses a 0.1% to 6% peroxide concentration in our whitening packs, which delivers perfect results every time without any risk of post-treatment pain. Glaxo Smith Klein and Proctor and Gamble (2 of the largest pharmaceutical companies in the world) have carried out independent testing on the teeth whitening process and have concluded that utilising 0.1% to 6% hydrogen peroxide is completely acceptable.
"6% hydrogen peroxide is the recommended maximum to be used in teeth whitening procedures, according to guidelines drawn up by the EU's Scientific Committee on Consumer Products" THE POST.IE
Q: Can anyone have their teeth whitened?
A: 90% of the population will see amazing results from the CosmeticBright Light Augmented Teeth Whitening system, however there is a small percentage of people that should not use this treatment or any other form of dental whitening. Generally, anyone with teeth that require a dentist's intervention should not have their teeth whitened. People that at a young age have used medicines such as tetracycline are not eligible for the treatment and anyone on medication should consult their doctor prior to trying a whitening treatment. Also any discoloration and stains resulting from decalcification, such as excessive use of fluorides and porous teeth, will have little result from the treatment. People born with grey teeth will likewise gain little benefit from the treatment. Teeth whitening is also not recommended for people under 16. Finally, there is insufficient data on the effects of teeth whitening during pregnancy, so it is recommended that women abstain from any form of whitening or bleaching during pregnancy or while breastfeeding.
Q: Are there any side effects?
A: Not all light augmented teeth whitening systems are the same and those that use high concentrations of hydrogen peroxide can cause temporary tooth sensitivity during, and for a short time after, whitening. The CosmeticBright system eliminates this side effect by using only 0.1% to 6% hydrogen peroxide in the whitening packs. This has no effect on the performance of the system or the results achieved, but eliminates post-treatment pain symptoms.
Q: What about people with receding gum lines?
A: We would always recommend that anyone with any form of dental or oral problems, however minor, consult with a dentist or doctor prior to treatment.
Q: Why is your product better than any other product available on the market?
A: The CosmeticBright system is different in almost every way, including the price, size, low weight and the simplicity of use of this product. This makes it ideal for literally any size business and even people wanting to start a mobile light augmented teeth whitening business or indeed a home-based business. Also, because we use only 0.1% to 6% hydrogen peroxide, there is virtually no sensitivity or pain factor and our fantastic results speak for themselves.
Q: How does the CosmeticBright Light Augmented Teeth Whitening System Work?
A: During the tooth whitening process, the facilitator will insert the whitening strips into a mouthpiece and the client then inserts it into their mouth. The client then relaxes while the blue augmentation light is turned on and shone on the teeth for 20 minutes. The mouthpiece is then removed and the client simply rinses out their mouth. Unlike other systems there is no lengthy preparation time per client and so treatment costs can be lower and client turnover much higher.
Q: Why is Hydrogen Peroxide used?
A: Hydrogen Peroxide (H202) is a compound made up of two hydrogen atoms and two oxygen atoms. It has many medical uses and is used across the world for killing bacteria, viruses and fungi and some people even use it as a powerful mouthwash. However for the purposes of teeth whitening, its most interesting aspect is as an oxygenating agent to penetrate the tooth enamel, which results in the bleaching of the stains on the tooth surface.