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overview |  frequently asked questions

How white will my teeth get?
How long does it last?
How does it work?
Is it safe?

Will it hurt?

How much does it cost?
Will my dental insurance cover it?
Is it for everyone?
How old do you have to be?
Will it whiten my existing crowns/veneers/etc.?
Can I have this done if I am pregnant?
How can I maintain my new white teeth?


How white will my teeth get?
In clinical studies, BriteSmile has been able to achieve over 8+ shades whiter on average. Your results of course will vary as your starting point maybe different and everyone's teeth respond a little differently, but in virtually all cases, the results are dramatic. Ultimately, the goal will be to achieve your optimum, natural whiteness. During the consultation, the dentist will go over what you personally can expect for your individual situation. Severe discoloration can be treated and yield good results in many instances. However, the more difficult cases can sometimes require a more lengthy treatment than the standard one-hour treatment.
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How long does it last?
The long-term results depend primarily on the individual. Certain habits, such as the use of tobacco products, drinking a lot of coffee, tea, dark soft drinks, and infrequent visits to the dentist for regular cleanings, etc., can work against the results. Regular professional care and use of the BriteSmile Professional Whitening System will help maintain the BriteSmile up to 2 years. Some people may prefer to do the BriteSmile whitening treatment more frequently.
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How does it work?
The BriteSmile Center dentist will first examine your teeth and gums for good oral health. Next as you relax in the chair, our proprietary whitening gel is applied to your teeth and the revolutionary, proprietary BriteSmile light will be positioned over your teeth to activate the gel. As you watch TV, listen to music or nap, your teeth will lighten to their optimum, natural whiteness in about an hour.
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Is it safe?
Yes. The BriteSmile procedure will not soften enamel or existing fillings. The primary ingredient in the BriteSmile's gel is hydrogen peroxide, which has been safely used in teeth whitening for over 100 years and is recognized as an effective whitening ingredient by the dental community. The percentage of hydrogen peroxide used in BriteSmile's proprietary gel is only 15%, much lower than other whitening gels that often contain 35%-50% hydrogen peroxide. If you would like to read more about the safety of the BriteSmile treatment, please click here.
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Will it hurt?
The majority of our clients experience no pain or sensitivity after the BriteSmile Professional Teeth Whitening treatment. A very small percentage of customers may experience a minor dull "ache" following the procedure. Taking some sort of analgesic almost always resolves the feeling. It is best to avoid very hot or very cold drinks for the first 24 hours if there is any tooth sensitivity.
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How much does it cost?
The price of a BriteSmile Professional Teeth Whitening treatment varies by location. For further information please call us at 1-800-BRITESMILE (1-800-274-8376), or Click to here to receive on-line assistance.
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Will my dental insurance cover this procedure?
No. As with most cosmetic dental procedures, insurance will not cover the treatment cost.
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Is this procedure for everyone?
Virtually everyone wanting to lighten his or her teeth can benefit from using BriteSmile - including people with severe food, coffee, tobacco or tetracycline stains. The dental examination by the BriteSmile Center dentist will determine if you are a good candidate for whitening at the time of your free consultation. If the BriteSmile Center dentist uncovers a condition that would delay whitening, you will be referred back to your primary dentist for possible treatment.
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How old do you have to be?
Currently, the minimum age is 21 years old. However, we are researching a product for teens which should be available later this year.
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Will the procedure whiten my existing crowns/veneers/bonds, etc.?
The BriteSmile Professional Teeth Whitening treatment has been successful at removing stains from caps, veneers or bonded teeth. However, a whitening treatment in general cannot change the color of the caps, veneers or bonds. We recommend that you discuss your situation with a BriteSmile dentist to determine what you can expect.
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Can I have this done if I am pregnant?
While there are no known constraints for pregnant women, some may experience gum sensitivity. Pregnant women may wish to defer having the procedure until after pregnancy.
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How can I maintain my new white teeth?
We recommend the following to maintain your new BriteSmile:

  • Brush your teeth twice daily or after each meal; floss daily
  • Use the BriteSmile Whitening Toothpaste and a soft bristle toothbrush
  • Visit your dentist for regular cleanings and checkups (recommendation: every 6 months)

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