LaserLight’s Teeth Whitening Services
Frequently Asked Questions and Answers:
LaserLight’s Express Teeth Whitening
What is the Express Teeth whitening system, and how does it work to remove stains?
LaserLight’s White Brilliance™ whitening system uses a high intensity bleaching gel process accelerated by a LED light which activates the gel components.
Our system will remove most stains with a gentle LED bleaching action that whitens your teeth. As the active ingredients in the gel (carbamide & hydrogen peroxide), are broken down, heat, oxygen and light acts upon the stained organic deposits, which oxidizes them into a whiter color. This process makes the overall tooth color closer to its natural unstained color while your tooth structure remains unchanged. Years of clinical tests have demonstrated the safety and effectiveness of this system. Over 95% of customers treated with this system achieve some level of tooth whitening. This procedure may or may not require additional whitening in order to achieve the desired lightened shade.
How long does the treatment take?
The process takes only 30-minutes, (2 – 15-minute applications) to achieve a whiter and brighter smile. It is broken down into two 15-minute applications to allow for maximum gel concentration and light exposure, without being under the light for too long of a period to cause gum irritation. Individuals with sensitive teeth may reduce the intensity of the bleaching unit by choosing a lower power setting and those with very heavy stains may need additional treatments.
How many shades whiter can I expect my teeth to get?
The amount of whitening varies from client to client and cannot be predicted or guaranteed; but in general use, teeth may lighten anywhere from 6 to 12 shades on the whitening shade guide. The results depend greatly on how discolored the teeth were originally. Yellow or brown teeth, surface stains, and uniformly darkened teeth are easiest to whiten. Additional whitening treatments may be needed in order to achieve the desired shade, especially with heavily stained teeth.
How long will the treatment last?
This will very from client to client and greatly depends on the types of foods and drinks you include in your everyday diet. This also greatly depends on your general dental hygiene habits. The affects from this bleaching process should last from 6 months to a year. Again, depending on your habits, periodic touch up treatments maybe recommended for those who drink coffee, smoke, drink red wine, iced tea, colas, and other staining foods. Typically, most people like to whiten again every 3 to 6 months
Is it Safe?
Yes, LaserLight’s FDA approved-for-market White Brilliance whitening light and gel ingredients are safe and effective for cosmetic teeth whitening. The dental industry has used this same technology and gel products for many years. This process does not change or damage the structure of the teeth — it just makes them appear whiter and brighter.
Does this process hurt?
Most client experience no pain or sensitivity from the treatment. A very small percentage of clients experience some slight tingling sensations. We advise to avoid very hot or very cold drinks if tooth sensitivity does occur. If tooth sensitivity develops, fluoride home care gel can be recommended for reducing sensitivity. In the unlikelihood that sensitive persists for more then several hours, we will recommend that you contact your dentist. We also recommend that you visit your dental office regularly. Lastly, the bleaching gel, if misplaced and comes in contact with the gums, can cause temporary inflammation and white spots. This should resolve itself within a few hours.
Does your mouth or teeth get hot from the bleaching light process?
No. The LED light source is calibrated to produce a constant 103 degrees F. This is very comfortable, even to the touch.
Why is having an FDA Approval important when other systems do not have FDA clearance?
The White Brilliance System used by LaserLight was approved for market by the FDA initially for use in the dental industry. An FDA approval verifies that the White Brilliance System works according to the way it was designed, represented and tested to the dentists. The system is still being bought and used by dentists nationwide. Because of the FDA’s recent determination regarding teeth whitening, it is now considered a cosmetic procedure when certain “procedural guidelines” are followed. These guidelines require that the teeth whitening be a self-applied process.
Without FDA approval, there is no regulatory committee overseeing who is selling what products for teeth whitening, what is being put in the whitening gel, if it is safe, effective or what light source is being used. Basically, these non-professional, non-dental systems are not been tested or approved for safety or human use, if they work, or if their claims are real.
What is the Difference between “TRUE LED TECHNOLOGY” and “OTHER LIGHTS”?
As part of the procedure, the White Brilliance System requires the use of 3 industry standard high intensity, ultra blue/violet LED heated lights for bleaching! The wavelength of the light emitted from the unit is in the range of 430-490 nm and the light is blue/violet in color. This is not a light bulb or spectrum light with a blue colored filter, cover or coating.
Do I need protective eyewear?
No. This light source is not a laser. The White Brilliance LED system uses a special autoclavable mouth piece that directs the heat and light directly to the teeth and not the face. Systems that do not have directional light lose the bleaching intensity and heat, making the process ineffective.
Will fillings and crowns be affected by the whitening?
Hydrogen peroxide will have no negative effect on the integrity of fillings and crowns, but these materials will not whiten in any type of bleaching procedure. However, the peroxide will remove staining from composite materials.
Will deeply colored or naturally “tinted” teeth whiten?
Deeply discolored teeth caused by a dead root or naturally embedded through the tooth may never whiten. Naturally tinted teeth may never become bright white, but removing surface stains will dramatically improve the smile.
Is whitening for everyone?
We recommend that pregnant and nursing mothers, children under the age of 14, diabetics and those with pre-existing medical or periodontal problems consult their physician/dentist prior to undergoing any whitening procedure. Consumers with severely tetracycline stained teeth may choose bonding and veneers as the best option. Tetracycline stain can not be removed. Remember, teeth can not be bleached whiter than genetically possible.
Does the whitening system work on Dentures, or Veneers?
Yes — and no, The process was designed to enhance the natural whiteness of the enamel, but clients do claim that it also brightens up veneers and dentures. Clients typically apply the gel product only to their natural teeth, allowing these treated teeth to lighten up to match a cap, crown, or veneer.
Are there any other benefits to teeth bleaching?
Yes, studies have shown that bleaching also contributes to destroying bacteria in the mouth, and helps control gingivitis and halitosis.
What is in your gel product?
We pride ourselves in having the most effective, FDA approved and clinically proven ingredients on the market today. Our gel contains no alcohol, no animal by-products, and no animal testing was done in manufacturing it. It is the purest and highest quality of carbamide, hydrogen peroxide, kosher glycerin mixed with an activator. Our Gel product has a shelf-life of approximately one year and must be stored in a cool environment. (Though not harmful, it is not recommended to swallow the gel. You will rinse out your mouth after each procedure).
Who Administers the Product?
Because this process borders dental, it is mandatory that the customers handle and apply the products themselves. It is a self managed procedure, but LaserLight staff will guide and assist indirectly in the application.
Why do other Whitening Systems use clear trays and gel foam strips in their whitening process, and only for a 15 minute session?
It is a convenient and easy way to get customers in and out with almost no effort. Putting a clear tray over your teeth will prevent the light from having direct contact with the gel. This causes the light source to deflect away from the teeth, reducing its effectiveness as it can not penetrate the required light nor heat through the tray. When foam gel strips are put between the teeth and the tray to help hold the tray in place, this again blocks the light from having direct access to the teeth, thereby reducing its effectiveness. Studies have found that 15 minutes is not enough time to get true dental quality results! White Brilliance is designed to work as it was intended: heat and light technology applied directly to the gel.
Why doesn’t White Brilliance offer whitening sticks or teeth wipes?
We do not market or sell “over-the-counter” products which are readily available to the consumer. These items are “gimmicks” that when included, lead you to believe you are getting something better because there’s more “stuff” included!
What causes the gum discoloration after whitening?
Part of the gum line may turn white if extra bleaching gel comes in contact with these softer tissue areas. The peroxide component will bubble and turn white. This is a common occurrence in the dental industry known as “blanching.” The affected areas should return to normal in 15 – 30 minutes. Rubbing vitamin E on these areas will help relieve any sensitive issues and return the natural color of the gums.
What causes the white streaks in the teeth after whitening?
These bright white streaks are caused by the calcium deposits embedded in the teeth. This will subside to normal over the next 48 hours — or sooner.
Why does LaserLight provide a personal gel kit to each client?
For personal hygiene reasons — you, and only you, will use your supplies. You buy a kit at your first appointment, use its components, and then store it at home for future use at LaserLight. You have enough gel in each kit to do three or four additional treatments — thus you pay only for use of the light in yor follow-up sessions! The kit contains a 3 ml tube of dental quality bleaching gel, bibs and bib clip, a cheek spreader (2 sizes), an aloe and vitamin E lip moisturizer, and rematerializing mouth rinse — all contained in our stylish nylon cosmetic storage bag.
What is the Difference between “TRUE LED TECHNOLOGY” & “OTHER LIGHTS”?
As part of the procedure, the White Brilliance System requires the use of 3 industry standard high intensity, ultra blue/violet LED heated lights for bleaching! The wavelength of the light emitted from the unit is in the range of 430-490 nm and the light is blue/violet in color. The light has a life expectancy of approx, 800,000 + hours! (This is not a light bulb or spectrum light with a blue colored filter, cover or coating that needs to be replaced). Spectrum bulbs will burn out and are replaced after 80,000 hours of use.