Teeth Whitening Process
Our teeth whitening process takes approximately one hour to complete from start to finish. During the treatment, you will be laying back with dark sunglasses on, so you will want to bring something to listen to such as an MP3 player. Or, if you prefer, you can just take a nap!
First off, you will need to review our wavier form. This form covers the process and the possible risks and side effects. Like any elective cosmetic procedure, there is always a degree of risk that you must be made aware of, no matter how slight or small.
Once you have reviewed and agreed to the consent form, we will give you a toothbrush to use prior to the procedure. You will need to brush your teeth before and after the process, in order to remove the whitening gel from your teeth.
For the entire process, you will be laying back in our spa chair at a 45 degree angle. This prevents saliva from washing away the gel from your teeth and getting it on your gums and lips. If the gel gets on your lips and/or gums, it can cause irritation and blistering.
Once you are laying back, we will put a dental bib on and show you how to put the cheek expander in your mouth. This expander will keep your mouth open and help prevent the gel from every touching your lips.
With our assistance, you will now apply the peroxide gel to your own teeth, up to the gumline. The gel only goes on your front teeth, top and bottom. Your back molars are not whitened with the process. The most common sensation you will feel is a fizzy sensation as the peroxide gel goes to work. Pain is not normal, and you must inform us if you are feeling any.
Once the gel is applied, you will put on our special sunglasses and we will turn our cold LED blue light on and place it within 3" of your open mouth. This special light emits a specific wavelength of light that activated the gel on your teeth. The light is on a timer, and it will run for 20 minutes.
After the light goes off, we will give you a bottle of water to rinse the gel off of your teeth. At this time, you will also use the toothbrush to clean off any remaining gel. If you notice any white gums, known as blanching, do not worry, this will go away within an hour or so. This is caused by the gel getting onto your gums.
Now you need to admire your beautiful new smile! Many people prefer to do a second treatment at this time, which is highly recommended, especially with darker stains.
After the whitening is completed, you will need to drink more water than normal to help rehydrate your teeth. It normally will take 24 hours before your teeth have evened out, and you will see the full effects of your whitening procedure.