The Answers You Need
WILL WHITENING MY TEETH DAMAGE THE ENAMEL?
In moderation, using a safe product to whitening your teeth will not damage the enamel. On the other hand, never use a product containing alcohol, chlorine dioxide, or acidic ingredients.
HOW MUCH WHITENING IS TOO MUCH?
Whitening your teeth too much ca cause severe, and even irreversible sensitivity. If you do experience sensitivity you should lower the frequency and duration of the whitening gel on your teeth. We have discovered that using our products frequently, but for only 30 to 40 minutes at a time will get your teeth as white as they are going to get without experiencing sensitivity. Once the desired tooth shade is achieved, use our take home kit once a month or a 30-minute teeth whitening treatment a couple times a year will keep your teeth their whitest all year long.
HOW WHITE ARE MY TEETH GOING TO GET?
After one or two 20 to 30 minute whitening sessions using the Abella Ultra-White products, our customers see results from 4 to 12 shades lighter, an average being 6 to 8 shades lighter. We do not add "white" to your teeth, we are simply removing stains from the inner and outer tooth surfaces. Your teeth are not going to be glowing or look unnatural. There is a lot that goes into how white your teeth will get. If stains are from age, tobacco, coffee, or tea and your teeth are a yellow shade, bleaching works very well. Certain medications, like tetracycline, can cause the teeth to turn a gray color which makes them very difficult or impossible to whiten. Genetics also plays a role in how white your teeth will get.
HOW LONG IS THE WHITENING GOING TO LAST?
No teeth whitening procedure is permanent. Some say whitening lasts from 6 months to 2 years. Which may be true if you NEVER use tobacco, drink coffee, tea, red wine, dark sodas or dark beers, or never eat spaghetti sauce, salsa, soy sauce.. Enjoy the finer things in life AND keep your teeth white with frequent touch ups!
WHO SHOULD NOT GET THEIR TEETH WHITENED?
If you are under 14 years old or have not had your permanent teeth for 2 years, then you should not whitening your teeth. Pregnant or breastfeeding mothers should avoid whitening treatments. Whitening should also be avoided if you have a peroxide allergy, cavities or gum disease.
WILL IT WHITENING CROWNS AND FILLINGS?
No, whitening will not damage or whitening artificial dental work past its original color. If your natural teeth are already whiter than your crowns and/or fillings, whitening your teeth more will only make the artificial teeth appear more yellow. If you are considering replacing artificial dental work, make sure to whiten your teeth as much as possible before the procedure so the dentist can match the color of your newly whitened teeth.
DOES IT CAUSE SENSITIVITY OR IS IT PAINFUL?
We have had only a handful of customers experience a mild sensitivity that was gone by the next day. Occasionally, the whitening gel will come into contact with the gums or lips. When whitening or "blanching" of the soft tissues does occur, it is very tolerable and the whiteness will go away in 15 minutes or so. We supply you with vitamin E oil before the procedure to protect your gums from the whitening gel and again afterwards to coat any blanching that does occur.
WHAT IS THE SHELF LIFE OF YOUR PRODUCTS? ARE THERE ANY SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS?
Each product generally lasts 2 years and should be stored in a cool, dry place. Whitening gel can also be stored in the refrigerator. Whitening gel that is exposed to heat or varying room temperatures may lose efficacy.