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PROFESSIO AL I -OFFICE TEETH WHITE I G Your smile is important and it’s the is the first thing people see and you notice when you meet someone. It instantly portrays your personality, self-confidence, joy and vitality. A whiter, brighter smile is beautiful - it can help you feel better about yourself and make a memorable impression. Your smile does say it all and isn't it time, right now, to have the beautiful smile you deserve? These days, there are many ways to achieve a whiter, healthier looking smile. Professional teeth whitening costs can be minimal when compared to more complex treatment with porcelain restorations. Even people with sensitive teeth can take advantage of in-office tooth whitening for a smile that dazzles. What is Professional teeth whitening? Professional tooth whitening refers to a technique in which the whitener is applied by the dentist in the dental office. If you are using at-home teeth whitening kit, you have the bleaching materials at home and perform the treatments on your own, unsupervised. An hour of in-office treatment can produce the same results as one or two weeks of at-home tray-based whitening. In a professional teeth whitening treatment, the whitening effect is seen immediately and is accomplished in just a few appointments (usually one) and usually the treatment costs more than the at-home teeth whitening products. Its safe and very fast. In over an hour, the teeth will be dramatically whiter. It is ideal for anyone and is the perfect choice for busy individuals. Whitening professional products contain 15-50% hydrogen peroxide. At home products contain 3-10% hydrogen peroxide. This is why professional teeth whitening treatments can bleach teeth much more quickly and effectively. The whitening compounds and equipment the dentist uses are usually purchased from a manufacturer as a kit, system, or even as a franchise. The well known brands include: Opalescence Xtra Boost Does not have a lighting source The professional teeth whitening process begins with a minor cleaning and removal of any plaque along the gum line. Once this has been accomplished, its followed with a short preparation to isolate your lips and gums and peroxide based gel is applied to the teeth. This gel contains a professional strength formula that ensures the procedure accomplishes the maximum possible amount of teeth whitening. Next, a special light is used to activate the gel. The total procedure takes an hour up to hour and a half. With ZOOM FULL SESSIO , it would take 3 sessions of applications at 20 minutes each WITH “JUMP START” I -OFFICE TEETH WHITE I G PROCEDURE it provide a speedy start to a Home Bleaching Procedure by using the assistance of In-office, one session of 20 minutes of Light application. It’s a budget option or alternative mid-range level to get the best of worlds (ie Full session of In-Office and Home Bleaching) at less cost and lesser time as compared to wearing the Home Bleaching by itself. How does In-Chair Whitening work? The whitening gel applied on the teeth is activated by the light. As the gel is broken down, oxygen enters the enamel and dentin, whitening coloured substances and stains leaving the structure of the tooth unchanged. The amount of whitening varies from patient to patient and cannot be predicted or guaranteed. But in general: 1. Yellow or brown teeth, surface stains, and uniformly darkened teeth are easier to whiten than grey or bluish teeth. Striped or spotted teeth are difficult to whiten. 2. The In-office Whitening System is a quick procedure that may or may not require additional whitening treatments in order to reach a desired lightened shade. Additional procedures or treatments could include take-home products or additional office vjsits. In extreme cases, the in-office teeth whitening procedure may need to be repeated to address deep stains caused by medications such as tetracycline. What will I experience during the In-Chair Whitening procedure? During the procedure, patients may comfortably watch television or listen to music. The process has little to no pain or discomfort, much depends on individual threshold to pain. Some patient haven’t complaint of anything, others have complaint ranging from minor discomfort, tiredness cause but the retractions process we do as a part of the procedure and there could be some stingy discomfort that last for a second or two. If you think your threshold to pain is low, we recommend that you take analgesics one hour prior to your appointment. Definitely this is not a lifetime result producing system. If you persist with harmful products like tobacco or wine you may see the result disappear within 1 month, but by avoiding these harmful elements, you can sustain the whiteness for one year or above before needing another whitening process. Whiteness level is also determined differently depending on a case-to-case basis as each people’s teeth is not affected by the same level or source of stain. The method to be used also takes into account the required amount of time the person desires the effect to last. By following our simple whitening care instructions, your teeth will always be lighter and whiter then they were before. To keep your teeth looking their best and to maintain the fantastic results you have achieved with we recommend flossing, brushing with whitening toothpaste, and using our maintenance kit every now and then, preferably monthly or as needed in your individual case Sensitivity during and after the treatment may occur with some patients. On rare occasions, minor tingling sensations are experienced immediately after the procedure, but always dissipate. Using a sensitive toothpaste for 2 weeks prior to treatment can help prevent any sensitivity. Is whitening safe? Yes. Extensive research and clinical studies indicate that whitening teeth under the supervision of a dentist is safe. We consider tooth whitening to be the safest cosmetic dental procedure. As with any tooth whitening product, it is not recommended for children under 13 years of age and pregnant or lactating women. Who Should ot Undergo Teeth Whitening? Most people are potential candidates for the whitening procedure. However, there are a few exceptions It is not advisable to undertake whitening procedures under these circumstances • Age and pregnancy issues. Here whitening is not available for those under 16 years of age as the nerve of the teeth is large at this stage of life. It could render the nerve more sensitive or cause irritation. Pregnant or lactating women are also not advised to use this method. • Sensitive teeth and allergies. Those having sensitive teeth or gums, with receding or defective repairs need to see their dentist before engaging a whitening process. Allergies to peroxide will definitely not be favored with a bleaching product • Gum disease, damaged teeth, cavities, and exposed roots. People with damaged teeth or worn enamel are not advised to use any bleaching method. A bleaching agent might enter any cavity and cause an inside damage. Hence it is necessary to treat such defects before launching into a whitening session. Bleaching does not work on roots also since they do not have the enamel layer on which bleaching acts. . • Fillings, crowns and restored portions. Dental restorations sometimes make use of colored fillings or resign based products (crowns, veneers, bridges) and these do not whiten with bleaching. So an unequal whitening pattern may appear if bleaching is applied under these conditions. It is better to proceed with whitening before attempting any restoration exercise on the teeth. Your dentist is the best person to advise on the method of treatment applicable in such cases, and confirming whether any importance is to be given to the bleaching or restoration exercise. • Those expecting dramatic happenings may be disappointed with results below their expectations. People using harmful products like tobacco and wine need to be aware that the result may not stay for longer periods if they do not avoid such products. A more balanced expectation taking into consideration one’s own lifestyle and hygiene pattern would give a more objective approach to the results’ appreciation. A good standard indication is comparison of color of your teeth should be a little whiter than that of your eyes. • Heavily stained teeth. A light yellowish tint will definitely disappear under bleaching; less effective results would appear on brown tinted ones where as grayish or purple stained ones may not reveal any effect. Certain blue-gray stains which, are normally caused by tetracycline take even more time to whiten and require around 6 month of intensive care at the dentist’s. Darker stains may be appropriately treated by other methods, for example: veneers, crowns, bonding, etc. Your dentist can give you precious advice on this. Sensitive Teeth and Tooth Whitening If you are one of the many people who have sensitive teeth, professional teeth whitening is still an option for a brighter smile. The tooth whitening process is usually accomplished in a single visit, reducing the need for repeated uses of the bleaching gel. This provides a great solution for people with sensitive teeth, and those who want instantaneous results 1. Peroxide solutions have been used for many years as antiseptics in the mouth. They are also widely used for their teeth-whitening effects. 2. If tooth sensitivity develops, fluoride home care gel may be recommended for reducing sensitivity. If sensitivity persists-for more than 12 hours or is severe, please contact our office. - 3. The whitening procedure can cause temporary inflammation and white spots on your gums or lips. This should resolve itself within 12 hours. If it persists. Please contact our office. 4. If you have teeth sensitivity, fillings that are breaking down, decay in your teeth, erosions of the teeth, or exposed root surfaces due to periodontal disease, the peroxide may have direct access to the affected areas. These conditions need correction prior to the whitening procedure. Please inform your dentist of such conditions prior to treatment. 5. The whitening procedure can be very effective at whitening the teeth, but will not change the colour of fillings or crown(s) already in or on your teeth. For aesthetic reasons, such fillings may need changing after the whitening procedure. 6. The whitening treatment plan has been reported not to be effective on some patients. Our office will provide our best efforts to whiten your teeth but lightening results cannot be guaranteed. For 48 hours after the treatment the teeth are susceptible to stains from red wine, fruit berries, rich coloured sauces, dark coloured vegetables, coloured spices and coloured mouthwash etc. Eat only “white foods” such as chicken, fish, white wine etc. Smoking should also be avoided for during this period. If you have any questions or concerns contact our office. GUARANTEES There are no guarantees as to the degree of whitening of your teeth. The amount of whitening varies with the individual. Additional whitening sessions and the use of ancillary whitening systems may be required to obtain desired results. In some instances lightening is minimal or unapparent. PATIE T I FORMED CO SE T O I -OFFICE TEETH WHITE I G TREATME T Please print out the form below, read, sign and simply present to us the last page of this form on your dental visit. I, (print name) ___________________________________ of (your address)_____________________________________________________________________ have read and been fully informed about the complete details of In-Office teeth whitening procedures and treatment provided on Dr. Zenaidy Castro’s website and I consent to treatment, and I assume the responsibility for the risks and limitations described and understand that the results cannot be guaranteed. Patient Name: ___________________________________ Patient Signature:_____________________________ Shade Pre1Whitening: __________ Shade Post-Whitening:__________


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