I thought Teeth Whitening had to be applied by my Dentist?
Because the sole purpose of Cosmetic Teeth Whitening is for beautification it is globally considered to be a Cosmetic procedure rather than a health or dental treatment.
Cosmetic teeth whitening is provided by both Dentists and Specialist Aestheticians.
With advances in technology it is a very simple, safe procedure that even the general public can buy, take home & use unsupervised.
The Legal definition of a cosmetic product is;
“any substance or preparation intended for placing in contact with the various external part of the human body or with the teeth and mucous membranes of the oral cavity with a view exclusively or principally to cleaning them, perfuming them or protecting them in order to keep them in good condition, change their appearance or correct body odours” (The EU Cosmetics Directive (implemented in the UK by the UK Cosmetic Products (Safety) Regulations.
Is there a difference between the Teeth Whitening performed by your trained Teeth Whitening Aestheticians and tooth whitening performed in the dental office?
The TWA Teeth Whitening system uses the same technology as is used in dental offices around the world.
However, there is a difference in the New Generation Whitening Gels we use…Safety.
Our modern new generation whitening gels are 580% LESS CAUSTIC than what many NZ Dentists & Hygienists still use and therefore we can offer you considerably less risk of nasty side-effects such as sensitivity; however, to be fair, many Dentists & Hygienists globally are now switching to Catalytically Activated Low Peroxide New Generation Whitening Gels.
How does it work?
If you imagine the clear outer glass-like enamel of your tooth being a window through which we see the underlying tooth itself called the dentin.
The dentin provides the natural ivory/white colour of your tooth.
Cosmetic teeth whitening cleans this stained enamel window so that the natural ivory/white colour of the dentine is revealed.
Is it safe?
Scientific research has shown that the active ingredients in the BEYOND® OSMO™ Teeth Whitening Gel are very effective and extremely safe for cosmetic tooth whitening.
In a recent clinical study our whitening gel was scientifically proven to be Safer than Orange Juice.
The dental community has used these ingredients in performing teeth whitening for more than 130-years.
Teeth Whitening gel was first used to whiten teeth in 1884 and although more than 130 years have passed, there has never been a recorded case of any hydrogen peroxide teeth whitening gel damaging the enamel of a healthy tooth.
Do you provide a ‘NON PEROXIDE’ whitening service?
No, because the results of most such gimmick gels can be short lived.
Do you need to have your teeth professionally cleaned prior to having them whitened?
Not unless you want to. The hydrogen peroxide in the BEYOND® Osmo whitening gel helps fight plaque and creates a cleaner and healthier oral environment.
Is the Teeth Whitening treatment for everyone?
The Teeth Whitening treatment provides dramatic results for anyone who wants to whiten their teeth. This includes people with teeth that have been stained by smoking or by substances such as coffee or tea. It also whitens teeth antibotically stained by tetracycline, speckled by fluoride, or hereditary discolouration.
Pregnant or Breast Feeding or under 16yrs:
All Teeth Whitening is ‘Contraindicated’ for Women Pregnant & Breast feeding and children under 16-yo.
That means, although these reasons have not been scientifically proven, these factors are considered to serve as a reason to withhold a certain treatment during this time. Therefore, until scientific research studies these factors and says yes or no, certain products are ‘Contraindicated’ as an unproven safety risk.
How white will my teeth get?
Because all teeth whiten differently it is not possible to guarantee how white an individuals teeth might become.
Nevertheless, for most, after undergoing whitening with our In-Clinic Teeth Whitening System, teeth shades whiten between 2 to 14 shades depending upon how stained your teeth are. Of course, if your teeth start at say a 5, the very maximum you can whiten is 5 shades.
Although individual results vary, the end result will be a whiter, shiny smile. Some clients with badly stained teeth or Tetracycline (antibiotic) staining may require several procedures.
How long will my whitening last?
This varies from person to person and depends on diet and lifestyle; for a few fortunate individuals with atypical diets the effects can last up to 1-2 years.
However, for most, their teeth whitening lasts 3 – 9 months.
Periodic touch-up treatments are recommended 3-monthly for clients who frequently consume coffee or other staining foods and drinks or for those that use tobacco products.
How long does the treatment take?
The full deep clean treatment recommended for first-timers is 45 minutes – 1-hour including consultation & setup; In that time discolouration that has built up over years will disappear. It takes no longer than the time it would be for you to have a haircut or facial – it is that simple!
Will it hurt?
Most clients experience no pain or sensitivity during or after the treatment.
What Does the Whitening Gel do?
The enamel of your teeth contains millions of microscopic pores.
Over the years, unprocessed compounds from food, drink and tobacco go into these pores causing discolouration & staining.
Teeth Whitening happens when the hydrogen peroxide breaks down into oxygen molecules, which enter through the porous enamel to the dentin, which is the actual ‘tooth bone’, directly under the enamel.
It is the Dentin that provides the tooth its ivory-white colour.
These oxidising molecules enter the minuscule pores of the enamel and bleach the coloured substances so that the natural white-ivory colour of the Dentin can be seen clearly.
The enamel pores usually remain open for up to 24 hours after treatment. It is therefore recommended that only white food and drink are consumed over this post whitening period to avoid re-staining.