The most noticeable feature and indicator of youth and oral health is without a doubt the color of your teeth. While you may be brushing, flossing, using mouthwash, and even whitening strips, you may still be experiencing embarrassment due to stains from prolonged coffee or tobacco use, illness, or the natural aging process.
In-Office Teeth Whitening - Denmat's LumiBrite Whitening System
The Lumibrite whitening gels used by your dentist are available in concentrations of 16 percent, 22 percent and 32 percent hydrogen peroxide, and come in a variety of mint and fruit flavors. The Lumibrite procedure takes about one hour or less, depending on the degree of tooth discoloration and the desired whitening results. Prior to treatment, prophylaxis (hygienic cleaning) is required to remove plaque or calculus.
Once your teeth are adequately prepared, the current tooth shade is recorded, your lips and gums are isolated, and lip moisturizer is applied. Your dentist then applies Lumibrite Desensitizing Enhancer and allows it to set for one minute. Lumibrite Whitening Gel is then applied to the facial surface of your teeth and light-cured (if the Sapphire Supreme Light is used). After 30 minutes, the gel is removed and the teeth are rinsed. Excess water and whitening gel are suctioned away.
If the desired whitening shade has been achieved after 30 minutes, there is no need for a second application. However, if further whitening is desired, your dentist will perform another 30-minute application, as previously described. It is important to note that the final tooth shade may not be determinable until after the teeth are sufficiently re-hydrated.
Lumibrite Whitening Aftercare: Maintaining Whitening Effects
To help maintain the look of your newly whitened smile, you should avoid drinking red wine, dark sodas, coffee or tea; eating red sauces, mustard or ketchup, and soy sauce; and using tobacco products. Use of such products can stain your teeth and diminish the effects of Lumibrite treatment.
Tobacco products will stain teeth, even after whitening treatments. As such, your dentist will suggest you quit using them. Maintain an appropriate oral hygiene (brushing and flossing) regimen to prevent stains from reforming, and see your dentist and hygienist regularly for scheduled teeth cleanings.
Toothpastes containing whitening agents also may be suggested by your dentist to maintain the results of the procedure. Additionally, your dentist may recommend use of the Lumibrite take-home whitening kit for maximum whiteness and maintenance.
Take Home Teeth Whitening - Denmat's LumiSmile White
Following in-office whitening treatment, a LumiSmile White take-home whitening kit is recommended for maximum whitening and maintenance. However, the at-home teeth whitening kit also may be used without in-office whitening. The home whitening kit consists of a set of custom-made whitening trays and whitening gel. Whitening trays, created from impressions taken by your dentist, are used to apply the whitening gel to your teeth at your convenience.
Treatment time for take-home whitening kits varies depending upon the formulation, as well as the desired results.
According to dental professionals, the best bleaching results come from dentist-dispensed take-home kits – particularly those that are used over extended periods. These kits contain higher percentages of bleach than over-the-counter kits and typically consist of:
Custom-fitted application trays made of a flexible plastic material. Custom trays cost about $100 and offer several benefits:
They help ensure that the bleach stays in contact with the teeth, for maximum whitening.
They help prevent saliva from coming into contact with the bleaching agent (which can dilute its strength).
They minimize the amount of bleach that can dribble onto (and potentially irritate) the gums.
Bleaching compounds are either pre-loaded into the trays or stored in syringes and added to the trays just before use. In many cases, your dentist can fine-tune the bleach concentration and add a desensitizing agent to use before or after application. Generally the kits provide enough gel for one two-week treatment per year, plus one- or two-day touch-ups every four to six months.
LumiSmile White's proprietary formula will whiten your patient's smile in 1-2 weeks, and is formulated to minimize sensitivity. Choose from 32%, 22% or 16% carbamide peroxide concentrations flavored with real peppermint oil. LumiSmile White also features an 18 month shelf life, unrefrigerated, so you can stock up!
The 32-percent formulation requires a mere three-minute treatment each day for a period of two weeks. The 16-percent and 22-percent formulations require one or two treatments, applied for one or two hours a day, for two weeks.
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Teeth Whitening Considerations
Similar to other tooth whitening products, Lumibrite is not recommended for children under 12 years of age. It also is not recommended for patients who are pregnant or nursing. Treatment outcomes vary case-to-case, and results may not be as effective for some as they are for others. Also, anyone with an allergy or sensitivity to peroxides should avoid using the Lumibrite Whitening System.
Only your dentist can determine whether Lumibrite, or any other tooth whitening system, is appropriate for you.
Teeth Whitening Considerations
The cost of LumiSmile White teeth whitening ranges from $400 to $700. Typically, dental insurance does not provide coverage for cosmetic dentistry treatment and therefore will not offset Lumibrite whitening costs.
Lumibrite treatment time varies depending on whether you select an in-office or at-home Lumibrite solution. Chairside Lumibrite treatment time ranges from 30 minutes to one hour, while take-home Lumibrite takes approximately 42 minutes.