FAQs

What causes tooth discoloration?

There are many cause of tooth discoloration such as food, beverages, tobacco, medications, disease, poor oral hygiene, dental restorations, environment and simply getting older.

 

Is it safe to whiten your teeth?

Yes. Clinical research and years of studies show that tooth whitening is a safe procedure. Follow our directions and do not overuse the products.

 

Who should not whiten their teeth?

 You should refrain from whitening your teeth using our at home professional whitening systems if:

  • You are pregnant or nursing (you should consult your physician first)
  • You have cavities, loose teeth or filings, exposed roots, recent oral surgery, jaw problems or any type of gum disease. You should get all of these conditions examined and resolved to your dentist’s satisfaction prior to whitening your teeth.
  • You are under the age of 12
  • You wear dental braces or appliances
  • You are allergic to any listed ingredient

 

Why do I have white spots on my teeth?

Before bleaching…

These spots which are usually mineral and/or calcium deposits or stains usually respond to the whitening process at a different rate than the rest of the tooth which contains them. These spots can look more prominent after the whitening process for a few days, but these spots will fade. These white spots may become more obvious during the early stages of bleaching. They become more obvious because the bleaching affects these areas first. They don’t cause any problems but they will not go away by themselves.

 

  During bleaching…

Dehydration of the enamel looks like white spots. After your tooth rehydrates, the color returns to normal. It is not the type of dehydration in which you can drink more water and it gets better. The tooth gets dried out and appears white. Don’t worry, they should return to normal shortly.

 

What if I have tetracycline staining?

Many clients have been able to drastically improve their smiles by reducing their tetracycline staining through use of bleaching products. You may require multiple treatments to achieve your desired results based on the severity of stains.

 

Will everyone’s teeth whiten?

Almost all natural teeth will whiten. Everyone’s teeth are different and the degrees of improvement are different as well, because the genetic and heredity factors combined with the type of stains, the age of the stains and prior dental history of your teeth are all indications of performance.

 

Will bleaching gel whiten my existing dental work?

All bleaching agents used to whiten teeth will only work on natural tooth structure. This means that all dental work including but not limited to composites (bonding), dentures, veneers, crowns (caps) and bridges will NOT bleach or whiten. All dental work may need to be replaced to match the newly whitened teeth.

 

How white will my teeth get?

Teeth have a maximum whitening point. Once that maximum whitening point is reached, doing more teeth whitening treatments will not improve the shade of your teeth. Tooth whitening is a powerful chemical process and overexposure can cause side effect or damage. Please do not overuse any teeth whitening product.

 

How long will the bleaching treatments last?

The teeth whitening process can last for years. Your teeth can be re-stained after they have been whitened by the same things that caused them to yellow before you went through the whitening process. Regular dental cleanings are a giant part of maintaining your results. The use of tobacco will stain your teeth along with drinking coffee, tea, wine and colored soft drinks. You can combine regular dental visits and touch-up whitening treatments to extend your results.

 

Will I experience any side-effects?

A small percentage of people experience tooth sensitivity and gum irritation. It is generally temporary and has no lasting effect. It is usually caused by over exposure to the gel. It usually goes away within a few hours to a few days; then you can begin whitening again. If the problem persists, please consult your dentist. This complication occurs when a teeth whitening agent is not administered properly. If a teeth whitening agent is ingested there is a possibility that you may experience burning or nausea.

If you experience any sensitivity…

  • Wear your trays for a shorter period of time and wait a day or so before resuming any treatment
  • Ensure that the gel stays within the tray
  • Wipe off any excess gel from the tray, trying to keep the gel from your gums
  • Use toothpaste formulated for sensitive teeth
  • You can apply fluoride gel to your teeth 3-4 minutes prior to whitening

 

How long is each bleaching session?

  • Use Revive™ GENTLE strength for 30-60 minutes once or twice a day
  • Use Revive™ ADVANCE strength for 30-60 minutes once or twice a day
  • Use Revive™ PROFESSIONAL strength for 15-20 minutes once or twice a day

 

How much gel should I use for each treatment?

You should have a thermo-formed tray for both your upper and lower sets of teeth. Place a small drop of gel into your tray along the area that will contact the front surface your teeth. Please make sure to trim your thermo-formed trays so that they do not extend above your gum line. This trimming will prevent gel waste and also help to prevent gel from getting on to your gums and other soft tissue.

 

How many applications are in a syringe?

Each syringe should provide 7-10 applications. Optimum whitening can be achieved with 20-30 applications.

 

Where should I store this product?

Store Revive™ gel in a cool, dry place. The gel may be refrigerated to prolong the shelf life up to two years, but do not freeze.

 

How long will your products last in my home?

When stored properly, our Revive™ gel has a shelf life of up to 1 year.

 

Where can I purchase refills?

Refills of our whitening gel will soon be available for purchased here on our website.