Before You Go
Questions to ask your doctor:
- Will using whitening toothpastes after BriteSmile make my teeth even whiter?
- How long will I have to wait before getting another BriteSmile treatment?
- Can I get BriteSmile if I've used other tooth whitening treatments previously?
What To Expect
Before the gel is applied, your dentist, dentist's assistant, or BriteSmile tooth technician will clean your teeth to remove plaque, grime and any other de-staining deterrents. A 15% or 25% concentration of hydrogen peroxide gel will then be applied to your teeth (your gums will be covered for their protection).
With the gel smeared on your smile, a blue light is positioned over your teeth for 20 minutes, activating the whitening gel. This is repeated a total of three times, adding up to an hour. Right after treatment, your teeth may be particularly temperature sensitive—a dull ache that should disappear on its own over the next 24 hours.
Who should do it: Any practicing dentist can purchase the BriteSmile technology, and even dental assistants can be trained and certified to use the device. The product is also available at designated BriteSmile offices. But if your teeth require the strong 25% hydrogen peroxide gel, you'll have to see a dentist.
Duration: The BriteSmile process is completed in an hour-long session.
How Painful Is It?
The light activated hydrogen peroxide gel can increase tooth sensitivity during and, in some cases, after a BriteSmile treatment. Be vocal about any intolerable (though not harmful) discomfort during the procedure. If you're in pain, it's a telltale sign that your BriteSmile treatment should be cut short, so let the practitioner know. After the procedure, your teeth may ache for a few hours, subsiding soon thereafter.
Options for anesthesia: No anesthesia is used—it's important for patients to be able to sense any discomfort. If patients experience discomfort or pain the treatment should be terminated.