Are you looking for a fuss-free teeth whitening treatment? No matter how well we take care of our teeth – brushing twice daily for two minutes a pop, and regular dental appointments – staining can still occur over time. Dark-coloured food and drinks such as wine and coffee are one culprit, coupled with bad habits such as smoking. The result can be uneven patches and stains on the teeth. We chat with Jolene Bousky of Yen’s Aesthetics to learn more about a quick solution – one that promises to whiten teeth up to eight shades after a single session.
What is BleachBright?
BleachBright is a 30-minute procedure ($399) carried out in a salon. It uses carbamide peroxide, which makes it gentler than other teeth-whitening services available, so any potential teeth sensitivity is minimised.
First, a pre-filled mouthpiece is inserted into your mouth. You’ll sit in front of a gadget known as the BB-Cool Advanced III, where the whitening gel formula is broken down. As the formula breaks down, it penetrates the pores of the enamel to bleach the stain deposits within the dentin clear. This then gives the tooth its white appearance. Although this process does penetrate the tooth enamel, it won’t damage it. Thirty minutes later, you can walk out with a set of brighter-looking pearly whites.
Is it safe?
When used incorrectly or in high concentrations without professional supervision, hydrogen peroxide can irritate the gums and tissue in the mouth, and cause tooth sensitivity. The BleachBright in-salon treatment uses carbamide peroxide, on the other hand, which is created by combining hydrogen peroxide with urea. It’s a much gentler whitener. At about one third of the strength of hydrogen peroxide, carbamide peroxide can’t lift as many stains as quickly as full-strength, high-concentration hydrogen peroxide, yet it’s still very effective – and much safer to use at home without a dentist’s supervision.
Hydrogen peroxide and carbamide peroxide are the two most commonly used chemicals for whitening teeth. They both work to lift stains and lighten the shade of your teeth. BleachBright’s line includes a variety of at-home teeth whitening products with higher and lower concentrations of both carbamide and hydrogen peroxide. This is clearly labelled on the packaging, so you can safely and effectively whiten your teeth in the comfort of your home.
Check out the amazing results below!
Is this for everyone?
Research has shown that if your teeth and gums are healthy, there are no adverse effects to bleaching your teeth. However, if you have tooth decay or any type of gum disease, you should avoid this treatment. Sensitivity during or after the treatment may occur for some, but will ease with time. Those with existing sensitivity, exposed root surfaces, recently cracked teeth, open cavities or other dental conditions that allow the gel to penetrate into the tooth, are also more susceptible to sensitivity.
How do I maximise the results?
With regular at-home maintenance, the results can last for six months to a year. You can follow up with the Bluminerals remineralising gel (optional), a final step that helps to seal the pores of the teeth to prevent them from absorbing stains. This treatment gel contains potassium nitrate to soothe the sensitivity experienced by some people after whitening their teeth. Sodium fluoride helps to rebuild and strengthen the enamel naturally. If you prefer whitening your teeth at home, check out the BleachBright range of at-home whitening kits.
BleachBright products and services are available at Yen’s Aesthetics, #03-40 Holland Road Shopping Centre, 211 Holland Avenue.
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