You can select from a number of products and procedures available for teeth whitening.
Brush-on teeth whitening: It is the easiest and simplest form of teeth whitening. You just brush your teeth using a brush-on teeth whitening product and wear the product overnight. It is usally ineffective.
Whitening Strips: There are many brand name teeth whitening strips available in the market. These strips can be applied to your teeth and over a period of time the bleaching action will whiten them.
Teeth Whitening Toothpastes: Whitening toothpastes can help a bit, but since it is only an abrasive, it can only remove surface stains. True teeth whitening happens through the enamel and dentin that usually requires a stronger peroxide solution than that found in toothpastes.
Read our article about whitening toothpastes.
At-Home Kits: There are many at-home kits available for teeth whitening, such as trays, strips and gels. These products can be quite effective when used precisely according to their directions. They are also less expensive than dentist-prescribed methods of teeth whitening.
Custom At-Home Kits: Purchased over-the-counter or prescribed by a dentist, these kinds of kits feature custom-made mouth trays fitted to your own mouth. Custom at-home kits can be very effective when used precisely according to their directions.
Or you can make an appointment or consultation with your dentist
Dental visits: Visiting your dentist will ensure that you choose the best, most effective whitening method for your specific needs. The dentist will either suggest a light-activated, non-light activated or take-home procedure, depending on your overall oral health and budget. Your dentist can also help you select the proper shade of tooth whitening and monitor sensitivity issues – both important to successful results.
Is teeth whitening really safe for my Salon/Spa?
Yes, years of teeth whitening treatments in dental offices have proven that it is safe. Occasionally, problems such as teeth sensitivity (mild or moderate) or gum irritations may be experienced. If this happens, the frequency of use should be reduced. People who do experience teeth sensitivity will notice that it normally subsides quickly following completion of treatment.
What about professional Liability?
Connecticut White Smile's process is essentially self-administered. It is not a dental procedure. Because it is self-administered, there is less inherent liability than with other spa or salon procedures, such as hair tinting, facials, or body waxing. Your operators will be training on how to instruct your clients on how to administer the treatment. It is the client that applies the product, not the operator.
How does the whitening treatment work?
First, the depressions of the teeth are taken using a “tray” filled with a special compound. After shaping the tray for upper and lower teeth, the whitening gel which contains an active ingredient hydrogen peroxide and photo-Ion are applied to the trays. The tray is inserted into the mouth and left in place for 15 minutes.
What occurs during whitening?
During the teeth whitening process, the active ingredient in the gel, hydrogen peroxide, is broken down to water and oxygen, oxygen enters the tooth enamel. This bleaches embedded discolored substances (stains). The structure of the tooth is not changed; only the tooth enamel stain is changed and becomes a lighter and whiter shade.
How long will it take until my teeth are whiter?
Whitening results often become apparent during the first treatment. Typically, the whitening effect becomes even more evident after a second treatment. Teeth will continue to whiten, to a degree, with each successive treatment.
How long will the results last?
Individual’s results will vary depending on the consumer's habits, their unique dental make-up, age, and genetics. It is safe to say that the initial results will last the average consumer up to two years. Over time, and for the very same reasons that caused the teeth to discolor in the first place, the consumer will notice their teeth darkening again. When this happens, your client can simply repeat their salon or spa procedure and the teeth will be restored back to their brilliant white color. Consumers who smoke cigarettes or drink heavy quantities of dark, acidic liquids like coffee, tea, red wine, colas, etc. will have to touch up their teeth more often than people who do not.
What are the results for most people?
Although results vary, in our experience backed by studies, they show that 90% to 95% of people experience some level of whitening. We have experienced up to 7 shades in one 15 minute Salon/Spa Cosmetic Whitening procedure
Are there any adverse side effects?
There are relatively few side effects from tooth whitening. A very small percentage of consumers may experience some sensitivity during a whitening procedure. This discomfort typically goes away within 24-48 hours after discontinuing the whitening, is minimized with our technology because we use a smaller percentage of peroxide and our treatment last less than thirty minutes. This minimizes long term exposure to the gel.
Will fillings and crowns be affected by the whitening?
While hydrogen peroxide will have no negative effect on the integrity of fillings and crowns, the simple fact is that these materials will not whiten in any type of bleaching procedure. However, the peroxide will remove staining from composite materials.
Is whitening for everyone?
Pregnant and nursing mothers, children under the age of 14, and diabetics should consult their physician prior to undergoing any whitening procedure. Consumers with severely tetracycline stained teeth may opt for a more aggressive cosmetic procedure like bonding and veneers.
Do people need touch-ups?
After initial treatment, some people do touch-ups every 3-6 months based on the amount of stain producing substances to which they are exposed. The CTWS is a professional whitening system using light and not a "supermarket" tooth whitening kit. It is considerably stronger and more effective. The active ingredient in the whitening gel, Hydrogen peroxide, is milder than the Professional Dental Office strength with Photo-Ion initiators for faster whitening with less sensitivity in less time.