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RAPID Teeth Whitening FAQs


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RAPID TEETH WHITENING- Faster & More Time-Efficient than Zoom Whitening & Laser Teeth Whitening.
Q: What is Rapid Teeth Whitening?
A: The Rapid Teeth Whitening is our most popular procedure. Rapid Teeth Whitening is the most time-efficient way to get your teeth whiter. A high concentration of bleaching solution is applied to your teeth for 15,30,45 or 60 minutes. A blue light/heat is used in the activation process. Years of clinical use has seen the teeth whiten 2 to 10+ shades in 1 session with the greatest increase seen with the increased time the bleaching solution is in contact with the teeth (45 & 60 minute sessions).
Q: How does the Rapid Teeth Whitening Whiten Teeth?
A: As you relax in the chair during the chair-side procedure, you will be able to watch TV listen to music or nap. A bleaching solution containing a high concentration of Hydrogen Peroxide is applied to the teeth. The solution penetrates to the deeper layer of the tooth. Here, the hydrogen peroxide is broken down to oxygen that acts on the stained organic deposits changing them to a whitish colour. This process brightens the tooth colour but leaves the tooth structure unchanged- much like bleach acts on clothes.
Q: Why is the Rapid Teeth Whitening better than other Over-The-Counter (OTC) Whitening Systems?
A: Some of the products bought over the counter (OTC) contain gels that have less effective active ingredients, have a lower concentration of active whitening solution, are not thick enough to stay in place and are not as effective in keeping the teeth whitening solution in contact with the teeth. Some do not even use Hydrogen Peroxide or Carbamide Peroxide, the ingredients that have been proven to whiten teeth.
Q: Who may benefit from the Rapid Teeth Whitening?
A: Almost everyone can benefit from the Rapid Teeth Whitening. Teeth Whitening is ideal for people who have healthy teeth and would like a whiter, brighter smile. This includes teenagers and adults with their permanent teeth. In particular, teeth that have been stained by consumption of staining foods ( tomato sauces, fruits such as berries and grapes, ), staining drinks (coffee, tea, red wine, colas) or teeth that have just discoloured over time with ageing respond well to the teeth whitening process. Smokers can also whiten and brighten the colour of their teeth. Even people that have mild tetracycline/minocycline staining (gray staining from medication) can have brighter teeth with extended chair-side time or more frequent visits for treatment. Teenagers that have completed orthodontic treatment and have their braces off can whiten the colour of their natural teeth. The best results will be achieved with teeth that have yellowed with age or are stained by coffee, tea, red wine, smoke etc.
Q: Can the Rapid Teeth Whitening lighten teeth with Veneers, Bonding, Crowns and other dental work?
A: Teeth with Veneers that have natural tooth structure exposed behind will whiten with the Rapid Teeth Whitening. Crowns made of porcelain will not whiten but if the natural teeth next to the crowns are more yellow, then the natural teeth can be whitened to help make the smile look more uniform in colour. If tooth-coloured fillings are present on teeth, these will not whiten if the resin material itself is discoloured-only if the tooth-coloured fillings are surface stained. The Teeth Whitening solution will not harm existing dental work (crowns, veneers, fillings, bonding, etc.).
Q: Can I eat, drink or smoke immediately after the Rapid Teeth Whitening session?
A: For best results, we recommend not eating or drinking any staining foods immediately following the Rapid Teeth Whitening session.
Q: What are the side-effects of the Rapid Teeth Whitening?
A: Some people experience tooth sensitivity. Temperature sensitivity and twinges of pain on the teeth are completely normal and a sign that the Rapid Teeth Whitening is proceeding as normal. Others have experienced discomfort in the gums if the solution breaks the barrier and contacts the gum. Gum sensitivity is temporary and usually disappears within a couple of days of completing treatment. The blue light that is used in the Rapid Teeth Whitening session falls within the natural light spectrum and is completely safe. The heat from the light enhances and accelerates the whitening process.
Q: Is it safe to whiten my teeth?
A: Whitening products have been used extensively without side effects. For 25+ years, bleaching with Hydrogen Peroxide has been proven to be safe and effective. No adverse long-term effects have been shown in studies of professional teeth whitening. Hydrogen peroxide has been used as a whitening solution has been used by dentists for years. The teeth whitening solutions we use will not harm tooth structure, gums or existing dental work.
Q: Who shouldn't whiten their teeth?
A: Women that are pregnant, suspect may be pregnant and/or nursing should not whiten their teeth. There are no studies to show the safety of using Hydrogen Peroxide while pregnant or breast-feeding. If you have gum disease, loose teeth, loose fillings, cavities or any other pain or discomfort, we recommend you see a dentist prior to teeth whitening. If you are allergic to hydrogen peroxide, carbamide peroxide, potassium nitrate, benecel, trolamine, stevioside, peppermint oil, glycerin, urea peroxide, and/or buffered polycarboxylic acid we recommend not initiating the Rapid Teeth Whitening session.
Q: I've used other Teeth Whitening Products and have had sensitivity. How can sensitivity be minimized?
A: The people undergoing Rapid Teeth Whitening experience little to no sensitivity. Medication to control pain and inflammation may be used if desired. Avoiding extremes of temperatures while eating or drinking soon after the procedure and using desensitizing toothpastes, etc. may also help minimize the sensitivity.
Q: How often can I complete the Rapid Teeth Whitening sessions and how long will the results last?
A: Since some people have teeth that are quite yellow, gray or that are discoloured alot over the years, multiple Rapid Teeth Whitening sessions may be required. Since the teeth will continue to whiten over 3-5 days, additional Rapid Teeth Whitening sessions can be completed at that time. Results from our Rapid Teeth Whitening may last several months to a couple years. Touching up/updating whitening can be accomplished by coming to \“The Whitest Smiles" for a touch-up chair side appointment of 15, 30, 45 or 60 minutes every day, week, month or couple of months or at an appropriate interval. Longevity of teeth whitening results also depends on lifestyle and genetics. Some people have teeth that are more susceptible to staining and discolouration than others. Also, food and drinks we consume will affect our teeth (smoking, coffee, tea colas, red wine and berries) are all common staining agents and people that consume significant amounts may need more frequent touch ups. For people that desire a more brilliant white, the chairside procedure can be repeated on a daily basis until the desired shade is achieved.
Q: Why should I whiten my teeth?
A: Many scientific studies show that people with whiter teeth look and feel younger. These people also feel more confident. The quickest way to improve ones smile is through the Rapid Teeth Whitening. People who have whitened their teeth have a greater interest in keeping their smile healthy and bright. They also spend more time with oral hygiene care, they have healthier gums and teeth and have fresher breath.
Q: Is Dental Teeth Whitening covered under my Dental Insurance?
A: Dental Insurance does not typically cover the cost of any teeth whitening procedure as it is considered a purely cosmetic procedure. It is the only procedure deemed 100% cosmetic. If you have flex benefits, these may be used towards treatment.