BriteSmile Teeth Whitening

This is much the same as the Zoom tooth whitening and Enlighten tooth whitening systems except that it uses an unusual blue light to activate the tooth whitening process.

This treatment is highly successful and safe and promises the same results as other tooth whitening brands. It can give you that ‘Hollywood’ smile which is up to 14 shades lighter!

Am I suitable?

This is discussed in the initial consultation. Your dentist will assess your reasons for this treatment as well as checking the condition of your teeth.

Most people are suitable but there are a few exceptions. These include pregnant or breastfeeding women, people who are undergoing cancer treatment such as chemotherapy and anyone taking certain prescription medicines.

If you are having orthodontic or extensive dental work such as a major reconstruction then BriteSmile is not advisable.

What is the BriteSmile procedure?

This treatment is the same as the others: it starts with an oral examination of your mouth followed by the preparation of the area to be treated.

This means covering up your gums to protect them from any bleach splashes and the insertion of a mouth retractor. This retractor will pull your cheeks and lips away from your teeth to allow the dentist to access them.

He or she will apply a whitening gel to your teeth and then, will use a blue light to focus on your teeth with the aim of speeding up the whitening process.

This gel contains a bleach compound which strips away any discolouration but doesn’t damage the structure of your teeth. BriteSmile tends to use a lower strength bleaching agent as compared to other brands.

The blue light activates the process and leaves you with newly whitened teeth. How light your teeth become depends on the amount of staining to start with and your teeth in general. If you had a high level of staining to start with, then you will require longer treatment or further sessions.

Is the procedure painful?

There may be a bit of discomfort during the procedure but otherwise it is usually painless. You may experience some twinges or a dull ache afterwards but painkillers will deal with this.

If you are prone to sensitive teeth then you may experience some pain as compared to someone who doesn’t suffer from this. In order to reduce the likelihood of this happening, avoid hot or cold drinks for the first 24 hours after treatment.

What can I expect from this procedure?

You will be rewarded with a nice, white smile which looks completely natural. This will help to complement your appearance as well as boosting your confidence.

This new, lightened smile will be apparent straightaway although this does depend on how badly stained your teeth were before treatment. If they were discoloured to quite a severe extent or as a result of wearing a brace then you can expect this treatment to take longer. Another possibility is that you have to undergo several treatments to get the results you want.

As with any form of teeth whitening, some patients find that they get a very noticeable result whereas others find that there is not much difference.

Your dentist will discuss the pros and cons of the treatment and the outcome.

How long does it last for?

It can last for a long time although this very much depends on the patient. If you avoid heavy consumption of tea/coffee, red wine and dark coloured or spicy food then this will help to preserve your white smile. Stopping smoking can also help (if you are a smoker).

If you combine this with ‘top up’ sessions and a good daily hygiene routine then your new smile will last for some time.

There are other teeth whitening brands such as Enlighten teeth whitening and Zoom teeth whitening. Other forms of treatments include laser teeth whitening, home whitening kits and whitening toothpastes.

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