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Laser Teeth Whitening

Feb 20, 2014

Q: Is the whitening permanent?

A:No tooth whitening is permanent. Unfortunately we cannot guarantee how long the whitening will last as it depends on diet. If you are a smoker, coffee drinker or red wine drinker, the results will not last as long as if you weren’t. The basic rule to apply when doing any kind of tooth whitening is: Anything that will stain a white shirt will stain your teeth.

Q: How effective is laser teeth whitening?

A: We guarantee at least 2 shades whiter than what you have. As everyone is different, so are his or her teeth. We can never predict exactly how your teeth are going to respond. Some people go beyond the 2 shades whiter than predicted.

Q: Will my teeth go paper white?

A: Teeth do not generally go paper white. The end result is determined by your starting shade and by each individual’s teeth and how they respond to the whitening.

Q: Is it painful? Will I experience sensitivity?

A: Sensitivity can occur in a small number of cases, especially if the teeth have been sensitive prior to treatment. It is due to the action of peroxide and in almost all cases it goes away within 24 hours.

Q: Is it safe? Does it damage the teeth?

A: Smartbleach laser tooth whitening has been researched extensively and like most bleaching methods, causes no damage to the teeth. It simply breaks the large staining molecules into smaller ones and as a result the surface of the tooth reflects the light more effectively, making the tooth appear lighter in shade. Unlike other in office bleaching methods, the laser beam is in contact with each tooth for only 30 seconds at a time. This way, the risk of heat damage to the pulp is minimized. The bleaching substance is not ingested.

Q: How long does it take?

A: The overall procedure takes approximately 1 hour to complete. It is a one – off treatment that doesn’t require any at home maintenance and can be done in a lunch break.

Q: Can I claim teeth whitening back on private health insurance?

A: The majority of health funds do not pay back with any kind of teeth whitening. This is because it is considered an optional procedure. At a consultation appointment we are able to provide you with the item numbers that you require to check with your private health insurance.

Q: What can I eat or drink afterwards?

A: In the first 48 hours after treatment you should avoid eating or drinking anything that can permanently stain a white shirt; this includes coloured fizzy drinks, black tea or coffee, and red wine.

Q: I have a lot of fillings and crowns. Can they be bleached?

A: No, bleaching only works on natural tooth substance. Any fillings or crowns may appear too dark after the rest of the tooth has been bleached and may require replacement.

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