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Teeth Whitening

Dazzling Results in Just One Visit!

The only way to get your teeth their whitest is by using professional-strength whitening. We offer Lumibrite™ power whitening applied in our office. Now you can have brilliantly white teeth, without stains or darkness, in just about an hour. The results can last for years!

Denmat, the company that manufactures Lumibrite, has a long history of producing excellent-quality products, backed by extensive clinical testing.

Before Whitening

Before-Whitening

After Whitening

After-Whitening

Lumibrite Chairside Whitening

The Lumibrite Chairside Whitening process is an in-office bleaching process featuring a strong hydrogen peroxide bleaching gel (35% solution) and the use of a powerful LED activation light to enhance the gel’s effects. It is designed to deliver maximum whitening effects (10+ shades) in 60 minutes or less. It must be performed by a professional. To prevent sensitivity issues, the system also features a desensitizing enhancer.

The powerful gel comes in at a whopping 35% hydrogen peroxide percentage. That’s about as strong as it gets in the whitening field – and that’s the major action behind the whitening. Teeth are first cleaned to remove calculus and surface stains, then gums are painted with a “Paint-On Dental Dam” to prevent damage to soft gum tissues. Additionally, Dr. Roca will apply a lip moisturizer to protect soft lip surface. Next, the Lumibrite Densensitizing Enhancer is applied to teeth before application of the whitening gel.

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Once the teeth are coated, the Sapphire PAC light will be positioned at the mouth and set for 30 minutes. We will check your progress every 15 minutes or so. If it’s determined you need another 30-minute session, an additional layer of densitizing enhancer and whitening gel are applied.

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, blackberries, and soy sauce; and using tobacco products. Use of such products can stain your teeth and diminish the effects of Lumibrite treatment. At the very least, please wait for 72 hours after the whitening procedure. Above all else stay away from any toothpaste with stannous fluoride and all oral health mouth rinses. Many of these oral health rinses have ingredients that stain and discolor teeth, resin, and porcelain. The only fluoride you should be using to prevent stain is sodium fluoride.

Tobacco products will stain teeth even after whitening treatments. As such, Dr. Roca suggests you quit using them. Maintain an appropriate oral hygiene (brushing and flossing) regimen to prevent stains from reforming, and see us at least every six months for your regularly scheduled teeth cleanings.

Toothpastes containing whitening agents can help maintain the results of the procedure. You want to stay away from any mouth rinses and toothpastes that contain stannous fluoride because they often will leave a brown stain on your teeth. Additionally, you may want to purchase some of the Lumibrite take-home whitening gel, which is available for purchase in the office. If you wear retainers, the gel is perfect to place inside your retainers or guards for bleaching your teeth at home.

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Lumibrite Take-Home Whitening Gel

Following in-office treatment, a Lumibrite take-home whitening kit is recommended for maximum whitening and maintenance. However, the at-home kit also may be used without in-office whitening. The home whitening kit consists of a set of custom-made trays and gel. Whitening trays, created from impressions taken by Dr. Roca, are used to apply the gel to your teeth at your convenience.

Treatment time for take-home kits varies depending upon the formulation, as well as the desired results. 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.

Considerations

Similar to other 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 system. Only your dentist can determine whether Lumibrite, or any other whitening system, is appropriate for you.

Schedule a visit by calling (703) 237-7622, and discover how teeth whitening can give you a brilliant new smile!