Sunday, July 19, 2009

Teeth Whitening FAQs.

Q: Why bleach my teeth?
A: It's mainly for cosmetic reasons. Whiter teeth look cleaner, healthier and younger. In the reel and real world, cosmetic reasons can make a world of difference. The cast from the TV series Baywatch had their teeth bleached. The wannabes below obviously had no tooth whitening budget.

Q: Can all teeth be bleached?
A: Crowns and fillings do not bleach. Brown or grey teeth are much harder to bleach than yellowish teeth. Make sure that your teeth have a uniform colour and not a patchy appearance.

Q: Do you do laser whitening?
A: No, we do not do laser whitening. Our system is chemically activated and works just as well. Laser whitening will cost about $1200. This is because the dentist needs to rent the machine and buy the bleaching gel from the same company. The high advertising costs must also be paid for. For laser whitening, the total cost to the dentist can be as high as $900 per patient. The bulk of what you pay for goes to the supplier.

Q: How quickly can I see results with the take home kit?
A: Results are noticeable after an hour's application. It takes about 4 days of continuous wear (1 hour 2 times a day) to reach maximal results.

Q: What sort of results can I expect?
A: You will never get chalky white teeth. Going two shades whiter is a reasonable expectation. Results do vary and satisfaction cannot be guaranteed as some teeth may not bleach well in spite of our best efforts.

Q: Can everyone go for bleaching?
A: Bleaching is not recommended for pregnant women.

Q: What are the side effects?
A: Sore gums and sensitive teeth are common side effects. However, it's often temporary. See your dentist if it gets uncomfortable.

Q: How long does it last?
A: Re-treatment may be required every 1-2 years or so. It depends on your diet and how well you maintain your teeth. Coloured drinks and some herbs will cause staining very quickly.

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