Frequently Asked Questions
What causes discoloration of teeth?
There are many causes. The most common causes include aging and consumption of substances that stain such as coffee, tea, colas, tobacco, red wine, etc. Some medications such as tetracycline, certain antibiotics or excessive fluoride may also cause teeth discoloration.
Do many people whiten their teeth?
More people whiten their teeth than you may imagine. A bright sparkling smile can make a big difference for everyone. The Enlightened Expressions Teeth Whitening System makes it easier, affordable and faster than ever before.
What is Enlightened Expressions Teeth Whitening?
Our cosmetic session utilizes a Carbamide Peroxide based whitening formula and UV light which enhances the whitening process to lighten discolorations of the enamel and dentin.
How does the Enlightened Expressions Teeth Whitening System work?
The Enlightened Expressions light-activated teeth whitening gel is Carbamide Peroxide. As the LED light system breaks down the gel, oxygen enters the enamel and dentin, bleaching colored substances white - the structure of the tooth is unchanged. The LED lamp aids in activating the carbamide peroxide and helps it penetrate the surface of the tooth.
How long does Enlightened Expressions In-Salon Whitening take?
The complete teeth whitening session takes about 30 minutes from start to finish. A cleaning is recommended prior to the actual Enlightened Expressions Teeth Whitening session, but not necessary.
Are there any side effects to Enlightened Expressions Teeth Whitening?
With teeth whitening, some clients experience temporary increased tooth sensitivity to cold after the process. Also, some clients have experienced blanching-a temporary discoloration of the gums. This normally fades within 15 minutes after the process has been completed.
Is Enlightened Expressions Teeth Whitening safe?
Enlightened Expressions Teeth Whitening is not recommended for children under the age of 8 years old. Our products are FDA approved, bio-safe, and vegan friendly.
Will Enlightened Expressions Teeth Whitening products work on everyone's teeth?
Almost all natural teeth will whiten with Enlightened Expressions Teeth Whitening products. Results will vary based on the type of stains. In general, yellow-tones teeth respond better to whitening products than gray-tones teeth.
How long do the results last?
By following some simple post teeth whitening care instructions, your teeth will always be whiter than they were before. The length of time your teeth stay whiter is influenced by what you eat and drink, and if you smoke. Our clients should expect to have a brighter smile for 6-12 months. To keep your teeth looking their best, we recommend after care with Enlightened Expressions maintenance products.
How long before I can eat or drink after the Enlightened Expressions Teeth Whitening process?
The first 4-5 hours we recommend you avoid coffee, tea, dark colored sodas, red wines, berries, candy, red sauces, beets or any foods that have the potential to stain. Remember, if it has the possibility of staining a white tee shirt, it will most likely stain your teeth.
Is there any difference between over-the-counter teeth whiteners and Enlightened Expressions Teeth Whitening?
Yes! Over-the-counter teeth whitening strips, brush-on gels and toothpaste take weeks or months to whiten your teeth just a few shades. Enlightened Expressions is clinically proven to whiten your teeth 2-8 shades in 15-20 minutes!
What causes white spots on teeth?
The white spots on your teeth were not caused by the whitening process. In fact, they were there before your teeth were whitened, but were not noticeable. They are areas of hypo-calcified enamel which whitens before the enamel. These spots will diminish over the next 24-48 hours and blend in with the surrounding enamel.