FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What is the teeth whitening process? - Teeth Whitening is actually a bleaching process that lightens discolorations of tooth enamel. Our system uses an effective whitening solution retained in OUR 4 DIFFERENT tyles MOUTH TRAYS that are worn over your teeth for only 15 to 30 minutes per day until you have reached your desired level of whitening. Our product is a 36% & 44% carbamide peroxide solution which allows the shorter period of time for results. In comparison, a % solution needs to be in your mouth 45 minutes to an hour for the SAME RESULTS. Now you can get professional quality dental whitening treatment without an expensive trip to the dentist!

How it removes stains - Our system will remove most stains with a gentle action that whitens your teeth. As the active ingredient in the gel (carbamide peroxide 22%, 36% & 44%), is broken down, oxygen acts upon the stained organic deposits, which oxidizes them into a white color. This process makes the overall tooth color closer to its natural unstained color. Your tooth structure remains unchanged. Years of clinical tests have demonstrated the safety and effectiveness of this system. Over 95% of people treated achieve some level of tooth whitening. Crowns, bridges, bondings, and fillings do not lighten.


1. How does bleaching work?
* Stains on teeth are caused by a variety of factors. Components of the bleaching system work to break the stains up into smaller particles that are harder to be seen by the eye; thus the tooth appears to lighten.
2. Who can use the TEETH WHITENER bleaching system on their teeth?
* The manufacturers of this product advocate use for people 14 years and older. Bleaching should be avoided by any person who has known allergies to any component of the bleaching system. Bleaching should also be used with caution in any person who has a number of resin (tooth-colored) restorations or crown and bridge work in their mouth; restorations of this type WILL NOT lighten in color and thus will result in color discrepancies within the mouth. Any persons with known oral disease such as decay, periodontal/gum disease, etc should avoid this product. As stated in the precautions, pregnant and nursing women should not use this product.
3. How will my results compare with those if I were to go to my dentist?
* The TEETH WHITENER system will offer the same results that would be offered by a dentist-fabricated at home system.
4. Do I need to talk to my dentist before I bleach my teeth?
* TEETH WHITENER recommends that each person have an up to date dental exam before they begin bleaching. Remember, any person with untreated oral disease, should avoid whitening their teeth until the disease is eliminated.
5. If I use more whitening gel or wear the trays longer than instructed, will my teeth get whiter faster?
* It is important not to use too much gel or to wear the trays too long. More is not better in the case of whitening. Also, overfilling the trays can lead to some tissue irritation.
6. How white can my teeth get?
* Depending on your initial shade, your teeth can get up to 6-10 shades whiter. Bleaching is proven to whiten teeth but each individual is different and so it is impossible to predict the results.
7. How long will it take my teeth to get their whitest?
* Anywhere from 1-3 weeks, depending on the initial shade of teeth and length of time worn. Remember that it may take longer for some teeth to whiten. Results may vary. Ultimately the number of uses required to achieve maximum results vary by individual and amount of initial discoloration.
8. What if I experience sensitivity of discomfort?
* Few people may experience some degree of sensitivity. Sensitivity is usually short lived and tends to decrease as the whitening treatment progresses. Easing sensitivity may be as simple as using less gel or wearing the trays in shorter time intervals. Sparkling White Smiles does recommend that the initial application be limited to 30 minutes. If you experience sensitivity, try wearing the trays every day for 15 minutes at a time, or wear every other day for 30 minutes. Do not brush your teeth immediately before whitening, as this can contribute to sensitivity. If you experience severe sensitivity, stop use and contact your dentist. In rare cases, some people may not be able to whiten their teeth.
9. Is it OK to swallow the whitening gel?
* Yes, the whitening gel will not harm you in the quantities swallowed under normal use.
10. Are the results that I get from bleaching permanent?
* The results are not permanent, but can last from a few months to years depending on lifestyle habits and maintenance bleaching.
11. Couldn’t I save money by making my own trays with the boil and bite technique?
* Custom trays made from models of your teeth offer a more precise fit to your specific teeth and thus deliver the bleaching materials to the areas that need to be bleached and, if used correctly, keep the bleaching materials away from the areas that could be harmed; in that way custom trays are recommended by the American Dental Association as the proper technique for at-home tooth whitening.
12. How do I store my gels once I receive them and how long is their shelf-life?
* All of your gels should be stored your refrigerator; however, for best results we recommend that you let the gels come to room temperature before using them for whitening purposes. Never freeze your syringes; and of course always protect your gels from heat and direct sunlight. If kept under the proper conditions some gels have a shelf-life of up to one year.
13. Will my fillings, crowns or other porcelain restorations whitening when I bleach my teeth?>BR> * Unfortunately a permanent restoration is permanent and therefore the color of these restorations will not change when you whiten your teeth. We recommend that if you are to have any major dental work completed that you whiten your teeth to your desired shade prior to having permanent restorations placed to match your tooth color.
14. Will your bleaching system work to treat tetracycline or minocycline discolored teeth?
* Treating tetracycline and minocycline stained teeth is possible through at-home systems; however, it must be understood that it will take a much longer period of time and effects are sometimes not as obvious. We recommend persons with such staining take an initial shade prior to beginning their whitening followed by rigid bleaching for a period of several weeks; after several weeks duration another shade match should be taken to see if at-home bleaching is a worth-while attempt.


What is the treatment procedure? - An impression of your teeth will be made by you at home with our easy-to-use instant thermoforming moldable mouth trays or The NEW DUAL ARCH MOUTH TRAY With Putty, Or Our New Duplex ELASTOMER Tray. You will then apply our whitening gel inside the Duplex Tray or Thermoform Trays and place the tray over your teeth. Again, since our system is 36% & 44%, you can treat your teeth only 15-20 minutes per day. In most cases, you will see results immediately & within only one week.

Is the whitening process permanent? - For most people, the treatment will last for many years. Your teeth have become stained in the first place from consuming the foods and beverages. Upon the completion of your initial bleaching process, your teeth are restored close to their natural white color. Exposure to foods, drinks (especially coffee, colas and red wines), smoking and other consumables will gradually darken teeth again over time. You may want to periodically bleach your teeth. After an initial treatment, most people do touchups about once every 6-12 months.

How Important are Thermoforming trays? - Very Important! Having thermoforming trays is essential to assure proper bleaching results. Non-moldable mouthpieces may cause inconsistent bleaching or spotting on the teeth and they are uncomfortable to wear. This is also true with whitening strips on the market today.

What is the difference between the thermoforming trays and the professional lab-created mouthpieces? - Although both mouthpieces are effective and safe, the professional lab-created mouthpieces are more precise and more comfortable to wear. Since they are trimmed at the gingival line, they help you save bleaching gel and are better for people who may have sensitivities to bleaching gels on their gums. The downside of these professional mouthpieces is that they cost more since there are more materials needed to create them and professional laboratories are utilized to create the mouthpiece for you. The thermoforming trays do a great job with dental bleaching, especially if you have small scissors which you can trim the trays to the gum line which eliminates gum sensitivity. The upside of the thermoforming trays is that they are less expensive than the lab-created mouthpieces. Both mouthpieces are effective and you can decide which type is best for you.

I already have a set of moldable mouthpieces. Can I buy just the whitening just the gel ? - Yes, we sell 36% & 44% Carbamide Peroxide whitening gel separately. It can be used with any dental tray in the same way as your previous whitening gel.

Why is Our product better than other whiteners? - Simply put, other products do not work as effectively. Some over-the-counter trays are not moldable to your teeth and do not hold the gel in the proper position. Many OTC whitening gels are not thick enough to stay in place and will leak out of the tray. Many OTC gels typically have less effective active ingredients or a lower concentration of active ingredients. Many professional dental whitening systems provide a less percentage of carbamide peroxide. We should note that you can whiten your teeth with a lower percentage, but it takes a much longer treatment time in your mouth. Our 36% & 44% gel is HIGHLY effective. In short, we offer more effective whitening power for your money than any other system.

Is this product the same thing dentists sell me for $500 or more? - Yes, Our system uses the same active ingredients, percent concentration and methodology as those used in professional dental offices. We provide you with thermoforming trays and supply you with a high quality, effective whitening gel exactly like the formula used in dental offices.

What causes tooth discoloration? - There are many causes. The most common include consumption of foods, coffee, tea, wine, sodas and smoking. In other words, our teeth naturally get more and more stained as time goes on and we continue to live our lives. NOTE - Tetracycline discoloration and artificial dental work are usually not greatly responsive to dental bleaching.

Who may benefit from tooth whitening? - Almost everyone. However, there are some cases where treatment may not be effective. Tooth lightening is ideal for patients who have healthy, unrestored teeth and would like a whiter, brighter smile. Tetracycline discolorations and artificial dental work are usually not greatly responsive to dental bleaching.

Is it safe to bleach my teeth at home? - Yes, our at-home bleaching system is specially designed to be an easy-to-use system with detailed usage instructions. Over a decade of research indicates that whitening teeth with carbamide peroxide is safe and effective. All of our products comply with FDA regulations.

How long does the bleaching process take? - Results are dependent upon each individual characteristics of each person and the daily wear-time of the thermoforming trays, but most people usually see results within the first week. Maximum results occur over the next 14-21 days.

Are there any side effects? - Some people experience temporary tooth sensitivity during treatment. Others have reported discomfort in the gums or in loose fillings. Gum irritation usually disappears within 1-3 days after beginning the procedure and always upon the discontinuation or completion of treatment. There are no other significant side effects. YOU SHOULD NOT USE THIS PRODUCT IF YOU ARE PREGNANT, HAVE HEALTH PROBLEMS, PERIODONTAL DISEASE OR GUMS THAT ARE IN POOR CONDITION, WEAR BRACES, HAD RECENT ORAL SURGERY, DECAYED TEETH, HAVE ROOTS THAT ARE EXPOSED, HAVE COLITIS, OR HAVE JAW PROBLEMS. The manufacturer and seller assume no responsibility for any usage of product. You should consult with a dentist before attempting any at-home treatments and understand that there are risks involved if not doing so. A small percentage of people may experience Reversible tooth sensitivity and gum irritation which disappears when use ends, or by decreasing the amount of time you bleach your teeth each time, or by increasing the amount of time between bleaching sessions.

How much whitening gel does it take per treatment? - Each individual tray application (upper or lower arch) will use approximately 1/4 to1/2cc of whitening gel. The lower amount of 1/4 cc per treatment is accomplished by 3 things: experience of using the whitening process, dabbing just a small amount of gel in the frontal portion of each tooth exposed when smiling only (no need to whiten unexposed teeth), and most importantly, trimming the thermoforming trays at the gingival line (tooth/gum line). If you take small scissors and trim the trays on the gingival line, you do not have a waste factor of gel and do not expose the soft tissue to the process.

OTHER WHITENING PRODUCTS:

Whitening Toothpastes

Inexpensive ($3 - $10) - If the product doesn't contain at least 10% carbamide peroxide, it probably will not work well. Additionally, carbamide peroxide must stay on your teeth for a period of time to be effective.

In-Office Whitening

Expensive ($300-$600) - The process consists of the dentist forming a mouth piece for you and usually dispensing 16% carbamide peroxide. Our tooth whitening system works the same way except you form the tray yourself and our gel is 36% & 44%. Special note: Some dentist are using a 44% in office treatment and sending the patient home with 30% at home treatment.

Laser Bleaching

Expensive $500 -$1,000. This procedure is usually done in a few hours at the dentist office using a light source to speed up the process.

Whitening Strips

Inexpensive strips coated with a low percentage (non- dental strength) whitening gel. Strips cover front teeth only. Strips do not work well in removing stains between teeth. Because of the low percentage of whitening gel and ineffective non fitting delivery method, additional strips are required for frequent maintenance.

Other Information

Carbamide Peroxide has an approximate shelf life of 2 YEARS, And 2 1/2 years if refrigerated.. You don't want to purchase a kit that will expire before you have had a chance to use it. Our kits have gel solution fabricated DAILY. Many companies sell expired older kits which they purchase at a discounted price (caveat emptor: Let the buyer beware).

Carbamide or hydrogen peroxide that is stored and sold in toothpaste like "tubes"and other containers, do not provide the air-tight properties necessary for storage. Although syringe/cartridge form is more expensive to manufacture and to purchase, it is advisable to maintain the gel in an airtight environment.

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