We know that you have questions. To help you feel comfortable with your teeth whitening at Smiles on the Run, we are happy to offer some answers to you frequently asked questions.

Why do teeth get dark?

There are many causes. The most common factors include genetics, aging, consumption of staining substances (such as smoking, coffee, tea, and sodas), tetracycline (antibiotic) staining, excessive fluoride, and old fillings. Whitening toothpaste can remove stains on the outside of your teeth. Dentists call this extrinsic staining. However, whitening toothpaste and professional dental cleanings will not change the color or intrinsic staining of the teeth. That is why tooth whitening (sometimes called tooth bleaching) is so popular.

How does teeth whitening work?

A whitening gel is applied on your teeth. As the active ingredient in the gel, carbamide peroxide, is broken down, oxygen enters the enamel and bleaches the colored substances. The structure of the tooth is not changed; only the tooth is made lighter and whiter.

Is it safe?

Yes, years of teeth whitening treatments by dental offices have proven that it is safe. If directions for use are followed, home application is also safe. If problems such as teeth sensitivity or gum irritations are experienced, the frequency of use should be reduced from day to day. Some people experience mild to moderate teeth sensitivity; however, this normally subsides quickly following completion of treatment.

How long will it take, and how white will my teeth get?

For most people, the treatment’s results are long lasting. Exposure to coffee, smoking, red wines, and some medicine products will gradually darken teeth again over time. After an initial treatment, most people do touch-ups one day about every 3-6 months.

What is the difference between laser whitening and custom mouthpieces?

Lasers are used by a dentist, who applies a 35% hydrogen peroxide solution on your teeth. Once this solution is on, a light is held a couple of inches away from your teeth to speed up the chemical reaction of the hydrogen peroxide. Many dentists advertise that this works better than tray-type whitening.

That has not been our experience at Smiles on the Run. There is NO clinical data to indicate that laser whitening works any better than tray whitening. NONE! This procedure costs at least $500. The problem with this procedure is that after a year of your normal eating habits (drinking coke, tea, coffee, etc.), your teeth become slightly discolored again and develop new stains. With laser whitening, you will have to go and pay $500 to have white teeth again. With the custom mouthpieces, you already have the custom mouthpieces that you can wear a year later for a night to take off the new stains at no cost.

Why choose our Smiles on the Run whitening products?

Our system is the same product sold by thousands of dentists nationwide. In fact, we are prohibited from disclosing where our gel is produced because the same product is sold to dentists at a higher cost! We make the custom trays, exactly the same as a quality dental office does (your trays are made in the dental lab right next to the $500 dollar whitening trays), and we supply you with a high-quality, effective whitening gel. Our active ingredients are identical to NiteWhite, Opalescence®, and other premium brands.

Do I need to follow a certain diet before or after using this product?

We tell any customers using our product to stay away from food or liquids that have a tendency to stain your teeth. For example, we recommend that you avoid coffee, tea, red wine, and even some pasta sauces. After 48 hours, the enamel will remineralize and you can go back to your normal diet. If you need to have your “coffee fix” during that time, be sure to use a straw to avoid direct contact with the teeth. Check out our Aftercare treatment page for more details.

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