How is this procedure carried out?
First, your teeth and gums are evaluated to ascertain whether they are healthy and ready to receive bleaching treatment. The outer surfaces of your teeth are cleaned using a thick dental paste. After all the tartar and debris are removed, your teeth are prepared by applying a wetting agent. Then, the specially formulated 35% peroxide based gel is applied on the teeth that are to be whitened and the Sapphire Arc light is focused for three seconds onto the gel on the surface of each tooth. This process is immediately repeated and the gel stays on for eight minutes; then, the gel is rinsed off and reapplied, and the procedure repeated.
Is it safe, and are there any side effects?
When administered by a professionally trained cosmetic dentist, as the in office treatment is, Rembrandt teeth whitening is completely safe to use. Few patients experience elevated tooth sensitivity which quickly dissipates upon completion or interruption of treatment. Consult with your cosmetic dentist on how to prepare your teeth in advance, and find out how tooth mousse or Advil can help you prior to treatment.
What does the plasma arc light do?
This light activates the peroxide in the gel and is instrumental in releasing millions of oxygen particles which actively combat discoloration by a series of oxidation reactions. It is safe and effective, and does not emit any ultra violet radiation.
How is this treatment different from the at-home option?
Amazing results are achieved in just an hour with the in office treatment. The at home alternative requires much more time and effort on your part, to give you results that are never as white or lasting.
Can bridges, crowns, veneers and bonding be whitened?
Since the gel is formulated to act on tooth enamel, any artificial dental material is not affected by the whitening procedure. Some surface staining may be lifted, but the overall results won't be much different from the original color. Your cosmetic dentist can replace these dental fixtures in a shade that matches your new dazzling white.
How long does the "whiteness" last?
With proper care and maintenance, these results can last up to five years with most patients. The use of a Rembrandt whitening toothpaste is required along with dental clean ups every six to twelve months, to ensure that the whitening lasts. However, if you fail to take care of your teeth by drinking large amounts of coffee, wine or any other staining ingredient, and continue to smoke, it is doubtful that the whitening will last for a lengthy period of time.
Will I feel any pain or discomfort during the procedure?
When the procedure is carried out by experts it is painless and produces minimal discomfort to you. As with any other dental treatment, patients should avoid consuming extremely hot or cold food or beverages immediately post treatment.
Can a tooth that has become dark due to nerve death be whitened?
No. Teeth that have darkened due to nerve death are "non vital," whitening works only on vital teeth.
Is there a limit to the number of times the whitening procedure can be repeated?
No! But if you've had your teeth whitened recently, and you've achieved optimum results, you may not benefit from whitening because your teeth can't get any whiter. Repeated unnecessary exposure to any chemical agents is not advised, as may be of more harm than help.