Here at Dental Options we offer patients three different whitening procedures:
- At home tray bleaching – we make custom gum shields for the patient and give them special whitening gel to use. The patient then uses this gel at home for 6-9 days to produce the desired effect.
- In-Office light activated whitening. Dr. Buckley uses Solus Dental.
- Deep Bleaching™ – this uses a combination of at-home tray bleaching and in-office intensive chairside bleaching. It is considered the most predictable and effective tooth whitening procedure on the market today. For more information see www.enlightenedsmiles.com
Frequently Asked Questions
What Causes Tooth Discoloration?
There are many causes. The most common include aging and consumption of staining substances such as coffee, tea, colas, tobacco, red wine, etc. During tooth formation, consumption of tetracycline, certain antibiotics or excessive fluoride may also cause tooth discoloration.
Who May Benefit From Tooth Whitening?
Almost anyone. However, treatment may not be as effective for some as it is for others. Your dental professional can determine if you are a viable candidate for this procedure through a thorough oral exam, including a shade assessment.
Is Whitening Safe?
Yes. Extensive research and clinical studies indicate that whitening teeth under the supervision of a dentist is safe. In fact, many dentists consider whitening that safest cosmetic dental procedure available. Tooth whitening is not recommended for children under 13 years of age and pregnant or lactating women.
How Does The Solus Dental In-Office System Work?
The Solus Dental light activated whitening gel’s active ingredient is hydrogen peroxide. As the hydrogen peroxide is broken down, oxygen enters the enamel and dentin, bleaching coloured substances while the structure of the tooth is unchanged. The Solus Dental light aids in activating the hydrogen peroxide and helps it penetrate the surface of the tooth. A study has shown that use of the Solus Dental lamp increases the effectiveness of the Solus Dental gel by 26% or more, giving an average improvement of eight shades.
What Does The Patient Experience During The Solus Dental In-Office Procedure?
During the procedure, patients may comfortably watch television of listen to music. Individuals with a strong gag reflex or anxiety may have difficulty undergoing the entire procedure.
Are There Any Side Effects?
Sensitivity during the treatment may occur with some patients. On rare occasions, minor tingling sensations are experienced immediately after the procedure, but always dissapate.