BriteSmile is one of the most well known and popular in-office whitening procedures offered today. It’s been featured in newspapers, magazines, and television broadcasts around the globe.
Does it have a 100% satisfaction rate? Unfortunately, no. But I haven't seen any teeth whitening system, in-home or in-office, that completely satisfied 100% of it's customers, 100% of the time.
The procedure is both fast and easy, with long-lasting results for most people. It's an excellent way for professional men and women on the go to obtain whiter, healthier-looking teeth.
Although many individuals will qualify for treatment, not everyone does.
For instance, if your teeth and gums are not healthy, it may hinder the effectiveness of the treatment. You'll want to speak with your dentist about your unique circumstances.
When you visit your dentist, she will gather information during the initial consultation and screening, including a thorough examination of your teeth and gums to ensure they’re healthy.
Your dentist also will talk to you about your oral hygiene and lifestyle habits to determine if you would benefit from teeth whitening.
In some circumstances your dentist may recommend teeth whitening before completing other needed work because it may ensure you have a better color match among your teeth.
For instance, if you plan to have other cosmetic dental procedures such as veneers, crowns, bridges, tooth-colored fillings, composite bonding, or after the removal of braces.
If your dentist discovers any of the following conditions, you may not qualify for the treatment. (However, once the issues are taken care of, you may be able to whiten your teeth):
The BriteSmile website claims patients consistently give the treatment a 98% satisfaction rating. But to be perfectly honest, absolute success is variable and cannot be guaranteed.
Your dentist will probably tell you that while significant whitening can be achieved in many cases, she cannot definitely predict how light your teeth will get.
That's because the degree of whiteness you'll achieve from the treatment depends on the condition of your teeth, the level of straining, and the type of bleaching used.
To give you a rough idea of what kind of success you might have:
First, the dental professional will carefully apply the BriteSmile whitening gel to your teeth.
Next, the BriteSmile’s patented bleaching light is used for 20 minutes to activate the gel. During this time, you can relax – either listening to music or watching TV.
After this first application, you’ll receive two more applications – each 20 minutes long. In many cases, the result is considerably whiter teeth.
From start to finish, you can expect the teeth whitening treatment to take just a little more than 60 minutes during one visit.
BriteSmile says it uses a proprietary hydrogen peroxide-based whitening gel.
This gel contains only a 15% peroxide (versus as much as 35% to 50% in other whitening gel brands), meaning it's not as harsh on your teeth and gums.
It's also pH balanced and therefore compatible with your tooth enamel.
In addition, the gel contains glycerin and water to help prevent tooth dehydration, a major contributor to tooth sensitivity.
An “accelerator” is added to the gel just before it’s applied to the patient’s teeth to increase its effectiveness.
Yes. BriteSmile currently uses an LED (light-emitting diode) bleaching light, which is said to be clinically safe for tooth enamel, skin, gums, and other soft tissue.
Made especially for use with the BriteSmile whitening system, the lamp emits light at a specified wavelength. This wavelength activates the photo-initiator included in the whitener’s formulation, thus boosting its effectiveness.
The company claims several benefits to using its patented bleaching light:
This is something that your dentist will decide.
Please be aware, though, that through the normal staining process of day-to-day eating and drinking, you may experience a slight regression of shade.
This will depend on the frequency of your use of tobacco products, coffee, tea, red wine, and other staining foods/drinks.
If your dentist sees this as a concern, he will likely recommend you follow a post-whitening maintenance program at home. This will help your teeth maintain their new white smile for up to a year or more.
A post-whitening maintenance program typically will include proprietary products such as :
You could also follow these 7 inexpensive ways to whiten teeth naturally at home.
The length of time the whitening lasts varies -- anywhere from one month to a year or more. But one thing is certain -- it's not permanent.
You can, however, as I've already mentioned in the previous answer, follow your dentist's recommended post-whitening maintenance program to maintain your pearly whites for up to a year or more.
The cost varies widely depending on your location. Prices typically range from $400 to $600, with some prices as low as $299. According to website Real Self, the average cost is $375.
Keep in mind that your cost can be higher if your dentist recommends teeth cleaning or other procedures before whitening your teeth.
There are also post-whitening procedures that are recommended in order to maintain the new shade of white. This, too, adds to the final cost.
Its patented teeth whitening system is reported to be both safe and effective, according to a clinical study published in the February 2003 issue of the Journal of the American Dental Association – and with results that last for years.
Additional studies on their safety are listed on the corporate website.
In addition, your dental professional oversees the entire whitening procedure to ensure safety and consistent results.
Whitening teeth with BriteSmile also is gentle. The procedure doesn’t require a laser and there’s no heat from its blue-light technology.
The soothing light allows the use of a lower active ingredient in the proprietary whitening gel. This means you may experience only minor and temporary sensitivity or no sensitivity at all.
Dental insurance ordinarily does not cover the cost for cosmetic teeth whitening treatments. However, some dental plans may help you get a discount.
See for yourself from this screen shot of their comparison page.
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