If you decide to have your teeth whitened, it's important that you do everything you can to maximize the longevity of your results.
Britesmile Teeth Whitening
Known for its gentleness and ease of access, the Britesmile teeth whitening (bleaching) system is available at participating dental practices and self-standing Britesmile whitening locations throughout the country. This popular whitening treatment can significantly improve the appearance of dulled or otherwise discolored teeth in a single office visit.
Although studies have shown that at-home whitening products may elicit similar results to those produced in-office, there is no substitute for the professional touch and careful monitoring that allow for safe and immediately visible results. An at-home regimen takes significantly longer to produce results.
The Britesmile whitening procedure uses a combination of a hydrogen peroxide gel and a specially designed lamp that accelerates the whitening process. Dental practices offer both a 15 and 25 percent gel, while Britesmile facilities feature only the 15 percent gel.
The gels are pH balanced, compatible with tooth enamel, and specifically formulated to respond to the blue wavelength of the activation lamp. They also contain glycerin and water to help prevent tooth dehydration. The light, which is said to be safe for tooth enamel, skin, gums and other soft tissue, is shaped to illuminate and whiten all upper and lower teeth in the smile line at the same time.
Britesmile Tooth Whitening Consultation and Treatment Planning
Before deciding whether Britesmile in-office tooth whitening is right for you, your dentist will first conduct a comprehensive examination of your teeth and gums to ensure proper health, as well as talk with you about your oral hygiene and lifestyle habits to determine if you will benefit from tooth whitening procedures. This will help you and your dentist agree on the tooth whitening product or technique that's best for you.
Your dentist also may require you to undergo tooth whitening if you are planning other cosmetic dental procedures such as veneers or composite bonding in order to ensure a better match between the restoration and your natural dentition, or after the removal of braces. Depending on the condition of your teeth and your goals for changing the look of your smile, tooth whitening may not be your best option.
During your consultation and evaluation, your dentist also will note existing dental work, such as crowns and veneers, which will not respond to conventional whitening agents.
Britesmile Whitening Procedure: What's Involved?
Before undergoing the Britesmile teeth whitening procedure, your dentist will perform a routine dental cleaning. Then, the appropriate concentration of whitening gel is applied to your teeth.
The Britesmile blue light then will be positioned over the teeth and illuminated to activate the gel throughout the oxidation process. During this time, you can watch TV, listen to music or nap. Generally, the gels are applied to the teeth for three 20-minute intervals.
Britesmile recommends that you not do this process while nursing or pregnant, receiving orthodontic treatment, or have extensive dental work, such as teeth veneers or crown/bridges. These factors will be reviewed by a dentist at your initial consultation
Britesmile Aftercare: Maintaining Whitening Effects
To help maintain the whitening effects of your Britesmile teeth whitening treatment, your dentist may advise you to avoid certain foods and beverages, or to consume them in moderation, to avoid staining your teeth. This may include tea, coffee, red wine, cola, etc.
Tobacco products will stain teeth, even after whitening treatments. As such, your dentist will suggest you quit using them. Maintain an appropriate oral hygiene (teeth brushing and flossing) regimen to prevent stains from reforming, and see your dentist and hygienist regularly for scheduled teeth cleanings.
Toothpastes containing whitening agents also may be suggested by your dentist to maintain the results of the procedure.
Britesmile Teeth Whitening Cost and Treatment Time
The cost of Britesmile teeth whitening varies depending on your unique considerations and the location in which you undergo treatment. If you undergo whitening at a Britesmile center, the average cost is approximately $600. If you elect to pay in advance, the average Britesmile whitening cost drops to $399. Keep in mind that dental insurance does not typically cover the costs associated with elective, cosmetic treatment.
Although treatment time varies, most Britesmile whitening patients experience approximately one hour of chair time.