ABOUT TEETH WHITENING
Did you know that cosmetic teeth whitening is the #1 requested cosmetic procedures offered in the cosmetic industry today? It has grown 300% in the last 5 years alone. Gone are the days of the very expensive dental office treatments.
Your smile is important; it is one of the first things people notice when they meet you, and a brighter, whiter smile could help you feel more confident about yourself and leave a lasting impression.
A full course of whitening can take 10 years off your age, without a surgical procedure, or painful injections.
Whether it’s coffee, red wine, tobacco, or just the effects of time which have stained your teeth, our Revive Teeth Whitening System can help you achieve a white, brighter smile.
According to the FDA, the term “bleaching” is permitted to be used only when the teeth can be whitened beyond their natural color. This applies strictly to products that contain bleach – typically hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide.
The term “whitening,” on the other hand, refers to restoring a tooth’s surface color by removing dirt and debris. So any product that cleans (like a toothpaste) is considered a whitener. Of course, the term whitening sounds better than bleaching, so it is more frequently used – even when describing products that contain bleach.
Although, the term “whitening” is used, Revive is considered a bleaching system since peroxide is being used in the gel.
“Whitening” is often used as a catch all term to describe any product that increases the whiteness of your teeth. However, tooth ‘whitening’ products and tooth ‘bleaching’ products do fundamentally different things.
“Whitening” agents are not the same as true bleaching agents. They only affect stains embedded within the enamel (the outer layer your teeth) and do not alter a tooth’s base color. They typically depend on abrasives and acids to remove stuck on tooth stains. These are things like whitening toothpastes.
Bleaching agents will also dissolve stains adherent to the outside layer of your tooth. However, unlike “whitening” agents, they will penetrate your tooth’s enamel and also produce alterations in the tooth’s color beyond its natural shade by affecting the dentin or second layer of your teeth. Their bleaching effect comes from either hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide present as the active ingredient.
Due to the nature of the whitening produced by true bleaching agents you will get a more dramatic change with bleaching products, and longer color stability
Cosmetic Teeth Whitening or more commonly called Bleaching can Revive your Smile and brighten your teeth especially if you are a heavy cigarette smoker or coffee drinker. But before undertaking such at-home or over the counter teeth whitening methods, please visit your Dentist for a checkup. Vibrant, beautiful white teeth are pointless is your gums and teeth aren’t healthy. They are the foundation to a healthy mouth. Your smile is just the facade.
Tooth whitening products do not change the color of dental restorations such as porcelain veneers/crowns or composites (white fillings). Once a restoration is placed, the color or shade cannot be changed without removing the restoration and replacing it with a new one. This is important to remember when you are having any dental restorations completed, especially on your front teeth or the teeth in your smile zone. If you want to whiten your teeth in the near future you should do so before you have the restoration placed so the restoration can be made to match your whitened teeth. If you whiten after or if you already have fillings or crowns, there is really no precise way to ensure your natural teeth will lighten up to match those previous fillings. Whitening products only work on the natural tooth structure (enamel). Take a look at this example. The patients “white” fillings or composites have become stained over the years. The whitening agent did not and will not work on teeth that have been bonded with composite. Even if the fillings are in great condition, the patient may consider having them replaced to match his now, whiter teeth.
There’s a limit on how white your teeth will become using at-home or in-office whitening systems. Slow, gradual whitening of teeth is better. It decreases the chance of post treatment sensitivity. It’s best to strive for a “natural” whiteness than to have extremely “Hollywood” white teeth and not to be able to enjoy cold beverages and foods.
If your teeth have a history of sensitivity, I strongly recommend that you brush with a desensitizing toothpaste like Sensodyne or Colgate Sensitive for at least two weeks before attempting to whiten your teeth. Then, use a whitening gel which isn’t too strong, such as Revive’s Gentle Strength. Higher percentages of peroxide can safely be used to whiten your teeth. However, when in doubt, err on the side of caution and use a weaker bleaching solution, one with a lesser percentage of peroxide.
Usually the foods which will cause your teeth to stain are those foods that are wet and dark. If, the food contains lots of juices it can seep into the grooves and begin the staining process over again. These grooves are normally left by teeth whiteners that contain bleaching agents. Just think about what foods you are going to eat and if unsure, then replace it with an alternative choice especially while you are actively bleaching your teeth. Most importantly, avoid such foods and drinks during the first few hours after a bleaching session.
Trying to avoid drinking any of these for two weeks may seem impossible and impractical for some. Why two weeks? Because a two week treatment is recommended rather than a quick one hour treatment as the longer it takes for your teeth to whiten the longer the results will last. Your teeth will stay whiter for longer if they whitened gradually. If at all possible, avoid dark colored foods and drinks. During a tooth whitening treatment teeth become more porous so drinking dark drinks such as coffee, red wine and tea can dramatically reduce the effect of the whitening treatment. It’s best to avoid all dark colored food and drinks during the entire two week treatment but if this is difficult then leave at least one hour between wearing your whitening trays and having a coffee, tea or a glass of red wine.
THE WHITE DIET:
Avoid anything that can cause a stain on a white shirt.
WHICH GEL IS RIGHT FOR ME?
This is likely going to be one of the most asked questions when you are considering an at home teeth whitening kit by Revive. Our website will have descriptions and specific details to help you make the choice that is most appropriate for you.
In a nutshell, the main basis of teeth whitening is the teeth whitening gel. Different brands use different range of teeth whitening gels, although the basic ingredients remain the same. Teeth whitening gel is composed of peroxide- either hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide.
I’m going to give a brief explanation of the difference without all the hoopla and scientific jargon…
Hydrogen peroxide is the strongest, works the fastest but it’s not recommended to leave on your teeth for more than 20-30 minutes at a time because of that reason. Doing so, can increase your chances of having teeth sensitivity and gum irritation.
Hydrogen peroxide is best used if you have light, superficial stains. I wouldn’t necessarily recommend this type of gel if your teeth are routinely sensitive to cold liquids and foods.
Carbamide peroxide is one-third the strength of its hydrogen peroxide equivalent. So, a 15% carbamide peroxide gel is equivalent to a 5% hydrogen peroxide gel.
It takes carbamide peroxide about 20 minutes before it breaks down into hydrogen peroxide. Therefore, you can leave it on your teeth longer. I would normally recommend this type of gel is you have heavy, deep stains. Such as those from smoking, coffee, tea, red wine etc.
This type of gel can remain on your teeth longer in comparison to the equivalent strength of hydrogen peroxide. You may also be less likely to experience teeth sensitivity or gum irritation but it will take longer to whiten your teeth. But white is white…correct?
And finally, regardless of which gel you choose, hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide, as the percent increases so does the strength, as does the chance for sensitivity, even with carbamide peroxide.
Follow the instructions, be patient and enjoy your new, whiter, brighter smile.
We look forward to your further support and as always thank you for using the Revive Teeth Whitening System!