Frequently asked questions
HOW DOES TEETH WHITENING WORK?
To understand how teeth whitening works, first you need to understand how your teeth became stained. Tooth enamel contains millions of microscopic pores and through natural expansion and contraction the pores becomes embedded with unprocessed compounds from food, drink and tobacco causing tooth discolouration and staining. No amount of brushing your teeth will remove these stains as they are embedded within the enamel layer.
Think of your enamel layer as a glass window that is encased around the white bone of your tooth called ‘Dentin’. When the enamel layer or glass is stained it veils the natural white colour of your Dentin and your teeth appear yellow or darker than they naturally are.
Enamel is the window through which we see the underlying layer white Dentin.
Dentin is the actual ‘tooth-bone’ that gives your teeth their natural white colour.
Teeth Whitening happens when a special oxygen-action whitening gel is applied to the front of the teeth; combined with the aid of the Advanced Teeth Whitening Accelerator Light the gel migrates throughout the minuscule pores of the enamel, oxidising stains and leaving behind only the natural colour of the white Dentin.
IS TEETH WHITENING SAFE AND CAN IT DAMAGE ENAMEL?
The Beamingwhite whitening system is the most developed, safest and gentle system available on the market today.
Prior to your treatment a full examination and consultation will be carried out to check it is safe to perform the procedure. If you do suffer from tooth and gum sensitivity or you are allergic to peroxide (the whitening ingredient), then sensitivity is more likely to occur. For these people we recommend you stay away from extremely hot and cold drinks or desserts for 24 hours ‘pre and post’ treatment and use of Sensodyne toothpaste for 1 week before and after your teeth whitening treatment.
As for the damage to tooth enamel it’s considered as the hardest part of the human body and research has shown that bleaching your teeth with low concentrations of peroxide, from a reputable source by a trained Teeth Whitening Practitioner is safe and will not harm the enamel of the teeth. In a recent study it was found that drinking a glass of orange juice is more detrimental to tooth enamel than a teeth whitening treatment.
WHY THREE AND FOUR 20 MINUTE CYLCES WORK BEST.
Teeth Whitening happens when a special whitening gel is applied to the face of the teeth combined with the aid of a Teeth Whitening Accelerator Light the gel migrates throughout the millions of tiny minuscule pores of the enamel oxidising the stains.
It is important to understand the gel is most effective in the first 15 to 20 minutes (see diagram) the more cycles you have the deeper the gel migrates into the enamel layer giving whiter results. For example a two cycle treatment is considered a light whitening or refresh option best for those who’s teeth are prone to re-staining requiring regular treatments every 3-6 months. Our most popular treatment is the RADIANTwhite a three cycle teeth whitening treatment best suited for average staining, or for those who’s teeth are look a little yellower than they would like. For people with dark stains especially in between teeth on the bottom row they would require the ULTIMATEwhite four cycle treatment.
BEWARE of companies offering a Single 30-minute Cycle. It may save THEM time and expense on whitening gels, however, because the gel is most effective in the first 15 to 20 minutes the remainder of treatment time is ineffective and your teeth WILL NOT be as white as they could have been.
Another one to look out for are companies offering deals with for Two 20-minute Cycles who give no indication as to what level of discolouration this treatment is best suited. This is great treatment if you’re only wanting a ‘refresh or light whitening option’ but again you won’t get results if you’re a first timer to teeth whitening with average staining.
Here at The Smile Spa we are transparent with our pricing and describe in full the treatment options including the ‘number of cycle’s and ‘amount of time’ you will spend under the light accelerator in the ACTIVE WHITENING PROCESS. Our system is scientifically proven to whiten better than EVERY other whitening system available on the market today including LASER and LED.
HOW LONG WILL MY TEETH WHITENING LAST?
Up to one year is possible but depends greatly on your lifestyle, diet and habits. However, for most in-clinic teeth whitening treatments last between 6 – 9 months. If you drink a lot of coffee, tea, dark soda, red wine or smoke cigarettes, the results will obviously not last as long and you may have to repeat the process more often.
We recommend the use of a Smile Spa teeth whitening pen and/or whitening foam to prolong the results of your treatment and to maintain your white smile.
WHO CAN BENEFIT FROM OUR TEETH WHITENING PROCESS?
Almost anyone can benefit from having their teeth whitened at The Smile Spa. The people who get the best results include:
Tea and coffee drinkers, tobacco users, and those with stains acquired by dietary habits.
These stains appear more yellow sometimes yellow/brown and occur on the outermost surface of the tooth, they are easiest to lighten and remove. Those with intrinsic stains (stains that appear greyish, grey-brown or grey-blue) and require more applications. because that the gel must pass through the pores of the enamel and into the dentin.
WHAT KIND OF RESULTS CAN I EXPECT FROM HAVING MY TEETH WHITENING?
Everyone’s teeth are different; we all have different body chemistry, dental health, lifestyles, and genetics. After undergoing whitening with iSmile™ most clients teeth can be whitened between 3 – 9 shades lighter.
Most extrinsic stains (staining on the exterior of the tooth) caused by food, drink, cigarettes can be removed by the Beyond Polus system bringing your teeth back to their natural white state.
Those with intrinsic stains (staining on the interior of the tooth) that rest below the surface of the enamel caused by medications or tooth decay may appear greyish, grey-brown or grey-blue may require two separate sessions (2 days apart) and maintenance treatments every 3-6 months to get the best results.
WHO WOULD NOT BE CONCIDERED A CANDIDATE FOR TEETH WHITENING?
If still unsure we recommend you consult with your dentist prior to using any tooth whitening system.
People under the age of 16 years.
Women who are pregnant or breastfeeding (no research has been conducted on the use of teeth whitening while pregnant or nursing and is therefore not advised).
Anyone allergic to peroxide (the whitening agent).
People with gum disease, periodontal disease, oral cancer, worn enamel, cavities, and exposed tooth roots.
Individuals with chronic tooth and gum sensitivity, receding gums and/or defective restorations.
WHICH TREATMENT IS RIGHT FOR YOU?
Everyone’s teeth are different; we all have different body chemistry, dental health, lifestyles, and genetics. After undergoing whitening with iSmile™ most clients teeth can be brighten between 4 – 9 shades lighter.
Comparing your current teeth shade to the diagram above should help you determine which treatment is right for you.
REVIVEWhite (Light Staining or Refresh) Shade Range of S2 to S12
RADIANTWhite (Average Staining) Shade Range of S10 to S20
ULTIMATEWhite (Badly Stained Teeth) Shade Range of S22 and over
WILL TEETH WHENING MAKE MY CROWNS, CAPS, BRIDGES AND VENEERS WHITER?
Teeth whitening works on your natural teeth and it won’t damage or affect your crowns, bridges, veneers or any other dental work. If anything we have found with our whitening treatment that surface stains on some artificial teeth may be improved or at least taken back to their original colour when first fitted. You will still need to consider there might be a difference between their colour and improved colour of your natural now whiter teeth. If you have had a lot of work on your mouth but you still wish to brighten your smile, then you probably need to seek advice from a dentist. They can update the crowns, bridges and veneers to match the whiter colour of your natural teeth if you so desire.
WHAT HAPPENS AT MY TEETH WHITENING TREATMENT?
In only 1 to 2 hours, discolouration that has built up over the years can magically disappear. It takes no longer than the time it would be for you to have a haircut or a facial – it’s that simple!
Our job is not only to produce your whitest natural smile, but also to ensure you feel informed, safe and comfortable. We care for you on an “informed consent” basis, which means your Teeth Whitening procedure will be fully explained at the beginning, plus we will be happy to answer any questions you may have.
You will be welcome by our practitioner and seated to complete paperwork.
Taken down to the treatment room for your 15 minute consultation which includes a visual check of your teeth and gums and answer any questions you may have.
Your starting teeth shade is recorded
Protective glasses and lip balm to stop your lips drying out is applied
A cheek retractor is installed
A Protective mask is placed around the cheek retractor
A moisture balm is applied to your inner lips
So that your saliva does not dilute the whitening gel, your teeth are dried in preparation for the application of the gel
The whitening gel is mixed with the catalyst via the special mixing tip
The gel is carefully applied onto your teeth
The whitening activator light is placed over your mouth for a set amount of TIME (20 minute CYCLE) – the light activates the catalyst (photo-excitement) to give better results than any other system
The gel is then removed, and the process repeated (next CYCLE)
At the end of the procedure you rinse out your mouth and we compare your newly whitened teeth with the starting shade.
Aftercare instructions are given and you are on your way with your new white smile.
After Teeth Whitening the enamel pores usually remain open for up to 24 hours after treatment. It is therefore recommended that only white food and drink are consumed over this period to avoid re-staining as per the food and drink suggestions below:
Do not eat or drink dark, staining substances such as: coffee, tea, red wine, soy sauce, and cola.
Do not eat staining foods such as: beetroot, carrots, blueberries and the like; try to stick to a “white” diet such as Fish, Chicken, Potatoes and Cauliflower
Do not smoke cigarettes or use any tobacco-containing products.
Do not use coloured toothpaste
24 HOUR WHITE FOOD SUGGESTIONS
Water – cold
Water – hot with a dash of lemon barley cordial
Lemon barley cordial
White grape juice and of course Champagne!
Natural or vanilla flavoured yoghurt
White bread – brown crusts cut off
Banana Smoothie e.g. milk, banana,
Natural yoghurt, vanilla ice cream
Lunch or Dinner
White bread – brown crusts cut off
Smoked chicken – no dark skin
Roast chicken – no skin
Steamed white fish
White pasta with a white sauce
White rice (add chicken or fish as above)
Potatoes – boiled or mashed, no skin
Cauliflower – steamed
Rice pudding, no skin
Pavlova with cream or natural yoghurt dressed with fresh banana
WHAT IF I SUFFER FROM TOOTH SENSITIVITY?
Although uncommon, some people can experience some tooth sensitivity called “zingers” during the first 24 – 48 hours after the whitening treatment. People with existing sensitivity, recently cracked teeth, micro-cracks, open cavities, leaking fillings, or other dental conditions that cause sensitivity may find that these conditions increase or prolong tooth sensitivity after the treatment. If you experience tooth sensitivity after the treatment, you can use Sensodyne™ toothpaste to ease the discomfort. Brush your teeth with this toothpaste until tooth sensitivity goes away.
If you have tooth sensitivity do not begin with your touch-up pen treatment at home. Wait until the sensitivity goes away and then begin with the home treatment.
CUTTING EDGE TECHNOLOGY
We use the latest cutting-edge system that is combination of a powerful Halogen beam of blue light, and Ultrasonic whitening technologies to deliver a personally tailored treatment providing up to 3-9 shades of improvement.
As well as these amazing benefits the advanced technique uses a filtration system that eliminates exposure to harmful UV light and heat, thereby reducing sensitivity.
SCIENTIFICALLY PROVEN to give better results than any other system in the World rendering all other systems ‘Old Technology’
NEW ULTRASOUND TECHNOLOGY
Ultrasound, also called sonography, uses high frequency sound waves inaudible to the ear to develop a gentle ultrasound vibration to help loosen staining for faster whiter results than ever before.
NEW LIGHT TECHNOLOGY
Our system delivers the most intense, tailored beam of blue light of any cosmetic teeth whitening system on the market without the risk of UV exposure and the hypersensitivity associated with other whitening systems.
NEW IONISATION TECHNOLOGY
Our system now has Ionisation filtering for cleaner, healthier clinic air.