Professional teeth whitening:
Tooth whitening is advised when normal tooth
cleaning is not sufficient to allow their natural colour,
both for internal reasons such as age, the type of tooth
as well as external such as smoking, coffee, alcohol...
tooth whitening techniques are highly advanced, and allow
an achievement of a clearer tooth colouring that is
nonetheless natural and without provoking undesired
effects. In fact, tooth pigmentation is linked to that of
the skin and to the lip and gum colour, thus a whitened
smile must always be in harmony with the rest of the face.
Being that a smile counts very much during first
impressions, a smile must be totally in line not only with
one's morphology but also with one's personality. Be
careful that if teeth present defects, after tooth
whitening they will be highlighted. Therefore, before
starting treatment the orthodontist must give an accurate
oral examination to the patient. It is also important to
often professional tooth cleaning, associated to an
efficient daily hygiene, allows the preservation of
the teeth's natural and initial colour, or to regain
are non-invasive and simple techniques that allow the
obtainmentt of a whiter than natural colour, to be
carried out by an orthodontist
as white as possible, teeth surrounded by gums in bad
shape will never give a beautiful smile; to achieve it,
it is fundamental that the gums remain in good health
natural tooth colour is due to translucency and of the
sum pigments of its constituting parts; enamel, tooth,
pulp. Not all teeth have the same form or the same
pigmentation, which vary in each person.
At the bottom of it all,who has not ever dreamed of
whiter teeth? Most of us do not like our tooth colour,
that are either too yellow or too greyish, or believe
their teeth to be too stained. Today various systems exist
hat truly chance teeth colour. Through night masks to
apply on the teeth, or activation with halogen light or
lasers with various whitening substances. This last option
must be carried out by a dentist. It must be a personal
dentist who advises the best suited treatment adapt to
One of the most efficiently held systems is
called britesmile (www.britesmile.com)
and it has a base of hydrogen peroxide, whose whitening
properties were discovered many years ago. Upon contact
with the teeth peroxide develops oxygen that eliminates
stains and whitens tooth shade. The most highly advanced
tooth whitening technology employs a light emitter and the
properties of a particular whitening gel.
1) How white will my teeth be with the
Clinical studies have shown that the BriteSmile
3000 is capable of obtaining more than 9 degrees of mean
improvement pigmentations i a single session. Naturally,
each type of tooth reacts in a different manner, even if
slightly. In many cases, however, the results will be
truly significant (generally in the line of 7-10 tones
of improvement)This issue will be the theme of
discussion and clarification in the course of
consultation with the orthodontist. Even in cases of
severe colour degradation there can be excellent result
achievement, however in the most difficult cases,
the orthodontist may decide to extent treatment time.
2) How long will treatment results last?
The long term results directly depend on the
individual. Some habits such as tobacco use, coffee
intake, dark colour beverage assumption, few dental
visits for tooth cleaning and so on can in time
jeopardise the achieved results. Regular cleaning
carried out by professionals along with the use of
whitening tooth pastes will help maintain the good
treatment results for at least 2-3 years. Some
people tend towards yearly treatments.
3) What does the entire whitening procedure
First of all it is necessary to carry out a
dental visit. If necessary you will be asked to undergo
a preventive oral hygiene session. The entire procedure
will be executed while in the dentist chair; after a
preliminary preparation for gum protection that lasts
about 10-15 minutes,there will be the application of
whitening gel on your teeth, and the light emitter will
be positioned in front of your mouth. Without any
further intervention you will remain in the dentist
chair and after one hour your teeth will assume their
4) is the system safe?
yes,The procedure does not produce alterations
of the enamel or exixting fillings. The prime ingredient
of the whitening gel is hydrogen peroxide, used in tooth
whitening for more than 100 years without complications.
More over, the percentile of hydrogen peroxide is only 15%,
which is to say much less than the concentration in
other whitening gels that reach 35 to 50% .
5) Will it hurt?
A small minority of people may advert a warm
sensation on their teeth after the treatment. The
disturbance can be resolved by the use of an analgesic.
In the case of dental sensitivity it is sufficient to
not drink either extremely cold or extremely hot
beverages for 24 hours after the treatment.
the procedure suitable for everybody?
Anybody interested at whitening his or her smile can
benefit from Britesmile,,also including those that use a
high quantity of substances such as tobacco, coffee ofr
that present tetraciclina stains.
Naturally, if a substantial dental situation were
to present itself during a dental check-up, this would
have priority over the whitening treatment. Generally,
the procedure is not advised for whomever suffers from
temporomandibularis, that have a strong sensitivity to
thermal extremes or that present numerous fractures on
their anterior teeth.
7) Will the procedure whiten my crowns and
whitening only works on natural teeth.
This must be taken into consideration before undergoing
treatment. In fact, once the natural teeth have been
whitened, the old crowns, veeners or dark fillings wil
have to be renewed in order to have tone compatibility.
This aspect will also be issue of debate during an
8) Can I undergo treatment if I am pregnant?
There are not any specific counter-indications under pregnancy. In some cases there
might be an increases gingiva sensitivity. In any case
we advise that the treatment be postponed until after
9) How is it possible to keep my colour
after the treatment?
It is our duty to fully explain to you how to maintain
a continued result of your new whitened tonality.
In short, it is always necessary to:
Brush your teeth twice a day, or at least after
Use on a daily basis dental floss.
Use a whitening toothpaste.
Visit your for a your oral hygiene and general
check-up every 6 months.
last update: 21 January 2008