Whitening FAQ’s

What is teeth whitening?

It’s a bleaching process that lightens discolouration of enamel and dentine.

How do vitesse and flexi work?

Both treatments use an oxygen releasing whitening gel, which is placed against the surfaces of your teeth. As oxygen enters the enamel and dentine, it whitens the coloured substances. Only the teeth colour is made lighter, while the structure of the teeth is unchanged.

What causes teeth discolouration?

There are many causes. The most common include ageing, consumption of staining substances (coffee, tea, cola, tobacco), trauma, nerve degeneration, and old restorations. During teeth formation, consumption of tetracycline or excessive fluoride may cause teeth discolouration.

How long do the results last?

The teeth will always be lighter than they were. However, some people may want to “touch-up” their teeth by re-whitening for one to two days, usually once or twice a year. This is especially useful if they continue to use staining substances such as caffeine or tobacco products

Who may benefit from teeth whitening?

Almost anyone. However, there are some cases where the treatment may not be effective. Smile Clinic’s dentist will determine viable candidates for the process through oral examination. Teeth whitening is ideal for people who have healthy, unrestored teeth and would like to have a whiter, brighter smile.

Is teeth whitening safe?

Yes! Research and clinical studies indicate that whitening teeth with hydrogen peroxide under supervision is safe for teeth and gums.

What are the available treatments?

Smilestudio provides 3 main types of treatment to satisfy different preferences. The Vitesse treatment (1 hour whitening), the Flexi treatment (home whitening)and the Jumpstart treatment (boosted home whitening). Please refer to the treatments section for more information.

Are there any side effects?

Some people experience temporary teeth sensitivity during the treatment. These symptoms always disappear within 1-2 days after interruption or completion of the treatment.

General FAQ’s

I have some old silver fillings that are beginning to look bad. What can be done to improve them?

Silver amalgam fillings, which are composed of 50% mercury and 50% silver alloy, eventually need to be replaced. It may surprise you to know that the average life span of silver filling is five to eight years. Your dentist can tell you when they appear to NEED to be replaced due to leakage, breakdown or recurrent decay.

If your concern is strictly cosmetic, there are many new methods available to replace the fillings with beautiful, functional long lasting restorations.

Such things as white filling materials, porcelain inlays, crowns and veneers may be used to give you the smile you are seeking.

There is currently a great deal of interest in new reinforced hybrid materials. These beautiful resin materials may be reinforced with fibers, similar to fibreglass, and used in very conservative inlays and bridges without having to grind away a whole healthy tooth.

I would like to have my teeth whitened. There are so many products and ads for whiteners that it is hard to decide which is best. What do you recommend?

You are correct. There are many products and techniques available. Some work great and some don’t work at all. The various over the counter products give the least predictable results.

To get a really great result you should probably use one of the products sold through dental offices which utilize custom made trays for home application of a bleaching gel.

There are several great ones out there. Our favourite is Smile Studio (click here to see more). Besides giving a great result, this product has overcome the sensitivity problem seen with some of the other products .

We also get questions about “laser whitening”. With this method a laser is used as a light source to activate the bleaching gel which is applied to your teeth in the dental office. It may be necessary to use the at home trays in addition to this initial lengthy treatment. Side effects can include sensitivity to treated teeth.

I am missing several teeth. A friend told me that she recently had implants to replace her missing teeth and is very happy. What are implants?

Dental implants are a wonderful way to replace missing teeth when certain conditions exist. Such things as your overall general health and the length of time you have been missing your teeth must be considered. The replacement of missing teeth using dental implants frequently requires a team approach.

After your dentist does a thorough examination and treatment plan the surgical phase of treatment takes place. In most cases a periodontist or an oral surgeon will put the implant(s), the artificial root(s) into the jaw. When healing is complete, usually after 4-6 months, The tooth or bridge segment can be placed on top of the healed implants by a general dentist or a prosthodontist . Some dentists are trained to place the surgical part of the implant as well as the prosthetic or tooth part.

You should ask your dentist if you are a good candidate for implants and ask for a referral if he or she doesn’t do them.

There are so many different toothbrushes on the market today. How do I know which one is the right one for me?

This is a good question, which we hear daily. The brand of the toothbrush is not nearly as critical as the type of bristle, the size and shape of the head and how frequently you replace your brush.

We recommend a soft bristled brush with a small head. The soft bristles are most important for the health of your gums. A small head allows you to get around each tooth more completely and is less likely to injure your gums.Daily frequency of brushing and replacement with a new brush are much more important issues than the brand you choose.

We recommend replacing your brush at least once a month.

My employees and I all brush, on average, 2 to 5 times a day. We brush first thing in the morning, after meals and at the end of the day.

If you are not able to do this because of your busy schedule, we recommend brushing twice a day at a bare minimum.

When I visited my dentist for my last check-up, she told me that I have impacted wisdom teeth and she wants to remove them. They are not bothering me. Should I see a specialist if I decide to have them removed? What should I do?

Having regular dental checkups with x-rays allows you to learn about potential problems and have them corrected BEFORE they begin to bother you. There are a number of reasons for recommending removal of unerupted or impacted teeth. Your dentist may have seen that these teeth could cause problems for the adjacent teeth if left in place. There is also the possibility that you could develop such things as a cyst or abscess if left in place.

General dentists who provide any specialty service such as root canal treatment, braces, oral surgery or periodontal surgery are required by law to adhere to the same standard of care provided by a specialist

Your dentist should be happy to talk more with you about this. If you still have questions, you might want to see another dentist for a second opinion.

I just recently went to a new dentist for a check-up and cleaning and asked him to check a cap that that was put on one of my front teeth by my former dentist. He informed me that I did not have a cap on any of my teeth. I know my last dentist fixed a broken front tooth and said he capped it. Who should I believe?

You have just experienced one of a number of common misunderstandings we see in dentistry today. Terminology used in dentistry is not 100% uniform throughout our profession. Both dentists were probably “correct”.

The word “cap” as used in dentistry by different dentists can refer to a number of different things. A pulp cap refers to a calcium containing dressing placed under a deep filling to stimulate healing. A full crown, made by a dental laboratory which completely covers the outside of your tooth is frequently called a cap. A partly broken tooth may be built up by your dentist in the office with a bonded filling material. This is called a cap or “capping” by some dentists. This sounds like what you probably had done.