Teeth Whitening FAQ’s

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Zero sensitivity
With Sapphire Professional Whitening, you can bid farewell to sensitivity – the most common patient complaint about teeth whitening. Not even a pre-treatment Aspirin is needed when you use this breakthrough chairside formula. Offer your patients the more gentle way to whiten.

Easy maintenance for lasting results
Not only can you create bright, white smiles with Sapphire Professional Whitening, but also included in the kit is everything you need to maintain that radiance. Sapphire After Care is a complete maintenance kit with Sapphire Take Home Whitening and Sapphire Brilliance Toothpaste. Sapphire combines the speed of in office whitening with the longevity available with home whitening.

Unbelievable brilliance and health
Sapphire Professional Whitening allows you to achieve dramatic results quickly. When used with the Sapphire Supreme Light1, the system is proven to whiten smiles up to 7 shades in only 30 minutes. Sapphire Professional Whitening also allows you the flexibility to whitened smiles without light activation. Beyond beautifying smiles you can also protect them from demineralization and caries, thanks to the integrated fluoride.

With the Sapphire Supreme Light you can also say goodbye to complicated patient setup. Unlike other lights, it does not expose your patients to harmful UV rays and thus does not require protective sunscreen or face masks.

How Can You Brighten Your Smile?

Your wedding is coming up and you want your smile to be its brightest. Or maybe you have an important speaking engagement. Whatever the reason, tooth bleaching isn’t just for the movie stars, and it isn’t just for one day. Many people have had their teeth bleached, and probably millions more are thinking about it. The desire for a brighter smile with whiter teeth is very strong, and tooth bleaching safely lightens the color of the teeth, lasting for up to five years. The most effective and safest method of tooth bleaching is dentist-supervised.

Is bleaching for you?

Generally, bleaching is successful in at least 90 percent of patients, though it may not be an option for everyone. Consider tooth bleaching if your teeth are darkened from age, coffee, tea or smoking. Teeth darkened with the color of yellow, brown or orangerespond better to lightening. Other types of gray stains caused by fluorosis, smoking or tetracycline are lightened, but results are not as dramatic. If you have very sensitive teeth, periodontal disease, or teeth with worn enamel, your dentist may discourage bleaching.

What is involved?

First, the dentist will determine whether you are a candidate for tooth bleaching and what type of bleaching system would provide the best results.

If you’re in a hurry for whiter teeth, you may decide to have your teeth lightened immediately. Your dentist will use either an in-office bleaching system or laser bleaching while you sit in the dental chair. However, some patients choose dentist-supervised at-home bleaching, which is more economical and provides the same results.

At the next appointment if you don’t choose laser bleaching, the dentist or hygienist will make impressions of your teeth to fabricate a mouthguard appliance for you. The mouthguard is custom made for your mouth and is lightweight so that it can be worn comfortably while you are awake or sleeping. The mouthguard is so thin that you should even be able to talk and work while wearing your mouthguard. Along with the mouthguard, you’ll receive the bleaching materials. You’ll be given instructions on how to wear the mouthguard.

Some bleaching systems recommend bleaching your teeth from two to four hours a day. Generally this type of system requires three to six weeks to complete, and works best on patients with sensitive teeth. Other systems recommend bleaching at night while you sleep. This type of system usually requires only 10-14 days to complete.

How long does it last?

Lightness should last from one to five years, depending on your personal habits such as smoking and drinking coffee and tea. At this point you may choose to get a touch up. This procedure may not be as costly because you can probably still use the same mouthguard. The retreatment time also is much shorter than the original treatment time.

How does it work?

The active ingredient in most of the whitening agents is 10 percent carbamide peroxide (CH4N2O2), also known as urea peroxide; when water contacts this white crystal, the release of hydrogen peroxide lightens the teeth.

This information was compiled for you by the Academy of General Dentistry and DenMat Holdings, LLC. Your dentist cares about long-term dental health for you and your family and demonstrates that concern by belonging to the Academy of General Dentistry. As one of the 37,000 general dentists in the United States and Canada who are members of the Academy, your dentist participates in an ongoing program of professional development and continuing education to remain current with advances in the profession and to provide quality patient treatment. Visit the AGD’s website at www.agd.org and DenMat Holdings, LLC website at www.denmat.com/whitening/sapphire-chairside.