+ How Long will my Whitening Last?
Such a simple question – yet the answers can vary significantly depending on who you ask! And how honest will they be?
THE FACTS: Teeth Whitening is a cosmetic treatment – much like coloring your hair or receiving Botox injections, which require routine maintenance and Touch Ups. Teeth Whitening is no exception! The truth is, life fights against us having & maintaining white teeth. If somehow one could manage to NEVER – Eat, Drink or Expose your teeth to smoke – whitening would virtually LAST FOREVER!
BUT WAIT! Most whitening treatments claim “It will last for years“. Well, sure in the sense that it probably will take years for your teeth to regress all the way to where they were prior to them being whitened. But, That’s not what you are really asking! Truth is, you’re looking at your new white smile – Amazed at how beautiful your teeth look! And what you really want to know is: HOW LONG WILL THEY LOOK THIS GOOD? Now that’s where Diet, Lifestyle, Habits and the Porosity of your teeth all factor into your ability to keep stains from adhering to your teeth. It is not rocket science to achieve AND maintain Healthy White Teeth.
Lumina + Co, carries several products to maintain white teeth after your initial treatment. Currently, the only “1 and Done” treatment on the market today to achieve and maintain a perfect white smile and teeth resistant to staining agents, would be to contact an Experienced Cosmetic Dental Professional and inquire as to time/cost of Porcelain Veneers.
+ How White can I get my Teeth?
First of all, understand that all tooth colors are based on 3 Criteria
Hue – The underlying color of existing teeth Chroma – The Intensity of the underlying color Value – Black/White value of a tooth’s appearance or How Bright it Appears to be During the consultation phase, Lumina will evaluate the “Hue” of every client’s teeth, in order that we may evaluate just “How white can we get that client’s teeth”.
Results will always vary on certain factors. But one that we consider to be most important is “Hue Color”
People who have a “Lighter Undertone” have higher degrees of Whitening Results than people with a “Brownish Undertone”. For people with a “Gray Undertone” Whitening Treatments are less noticeable – but still effective!
Clients with a Dark Brown of Gray Hue might consider a “Lumina Max" Whitening Treatment in order to lighten the underlying color of the teeth.
+ I thought you had to be a "Dental Assistant/Technician to do Teeth Whitening"?
Teeth Whitening was invented/discovered in the 1960’s..quite by accident..by a Dentist, however really didn’t go mainstream until the early 1990’s when Dr.Bill Dorfman..A Dentist founded the company Discus Dental which began marketing Teeth Whitening Systems to Dentists to increase their office revenue by offering Whitening Treatments to their patients..As a result of Dentists being the first commonly known group to offer whitening it has become a quite common misconception that one MUST BE A DENTIST to perform a Teeth Whitening Treatment. In Actuality Dental Offices are usually a very good choice to have the treatment performed but certainly not the only one.
+ How Much Does it Cost?
Wow! What an incredibly simple decision it would be if the cost of the Whitening Treatment were the ONLY CONSIDERATION in the decision making process! In addition to cost, other equally important factors should be considered in your decision –
How effective is the treatment (aka – Does it work)? How much time will you spend in achieving healthy looking white teeth? Because if it doesn’t work, in addition to wasting your valuable time – we could give it to you for FREE and it still wouldn’t be worth it! Every consumer has 2 valuable and limited resources that need to be considered and evaluated prior to any purchase – TIME & MONEY – and nobody likes to waste either one! The Teeth Whitening Industry has an overwhelmingly endless array of options. Consumers will spend 2.5 Billion dollars this year in an attempt to have whiter teeth. Far too many current Lumina clients have shared with us the frustration and disappointment in time and money wasted on “Informercial” Whitening Products, Internet Purchases and “Deal of the Day” purchases promising whiter teeth!
In summary, had the claims & promises been met – they wouldn’t be our clients! SO BUYER BEWARE – We understand that you can get your teeth whitened at the mall for $45 or Go to a Tanning Salon with no online customer reviews and receive an hour long generic whitening treatment for $99. But in all likelihood, you will be wasting those oh so precious resources – Time and Money!
+ I've heard teeth whitening will damage the enamel of my teeth! Is that true?
Studies have been done on this and it’s been proven that the chemicals in teeth whitening agents do not cause any softening or wearing of the enamel on the teeth!
Acid and acid alone is the only element, in whitening products, that can damage the gums or the structure of the teeth. For this reason, Lumina highly recommends that you DO NOT USE WHITENING STRIPS – These products work by dissolving/removing a layer of enamel to show the new white teeth. If you have overused Whitening Strips and now feel you have overly sensitive teeth – Contact Your Dentist – and see if the use of a prescription toothpaste called Prevident 5000 will help restrengthen the enamel of your teeth.
CONSUMER ALERT: Whitening gels – because they’re not regulated – are where many treatment providers try to save money! Whitening gel is expensive when it’s purchased from a USA Distributor, FDA Registered, Fresh (no more than 7 Days old when applied to your teeth) and PH Balanced. Foreign purchased (typically China & India) and outdated/expired whitening gel (often sold on the internet), while very inexpensive – will not whiten the teeth as well!
+ Why does Lumina cause less sensitivity than other treatments I've done?
Two Reasons – one, we have desensitizing agents in the whitening gel to help alleviate sensitivity, we also pretreat the teeth with a blend of potassium nitrate (ingredient in Sensodyne), calcium phosphate and fluoride.
Secondly – Based on your answers and information derived from your Pre-Treatment Questionnaire completed by you prior to the whitening consultation, we actually will select the appropriate Treatment parameters (Laser Intensity/Whitening Cycles/Whitening Gel Compound) that will allow you to attain maximum whitening results with minimal or no sensitivity.
+ Will my teeth look too white or unnatural?
No – Real teeth can’t look too white or unnatural – They just look beautifully white – A healthy natural PEARL WHITE! If you have seen people with what appears to be “over-bleached teeth” – what you saw was some form of Dental Restoration. False Teeth/Crowns/Veneers/Lumineers that were made too white!
And remember – One Person’s “TOO White” is another’s “Just Right”!
+ Is age a factor in how white I can get my teeth?
Yes – Especially if you are a “First Time Teeth Whitener” – The older we get the longer our teeth have been exposed to Life’s Staining agents – so in essence – the Further up the Whitening Shade Guide we need to travel.
Additionally, As we age the mineral content of our teeth diminish over time-which is a factor of how white teeth can get.
+ Is Lumina effective on Veneers, Crowns and Porcelain?
Well Yes and No – Our treatment will remove the surface stains off of any dental restoration procedures a client may have had (Yes these too are subject to life’s everyday stains). However, since they are not porous, like natural teeth, they will not stain at the same rate.
Short of seeing your Dental Professional to update or remake your Cosmetic Dental Procedure, our whitening treatment cannot make them whiter than originally created. Since our treatment is CUSTOMIZED – Your whitening treatment will be performed in such a manner that we will achieve a shade match of the restoration and the natural teeth producing BRIGHT, EVEN · ATTRACTIVE RESULTS...
+ What do you mean by "Customized" Teeth Whitening? Aren't all whitening treatments about the same?
Unfortunately the answer is Yes! The vast majority of treatments will do the EXACT SAME THING each time, regardless of any variables that should be considered! Very grateful, that my Physician, Auto Mechanic and Hairdresser don’t do business that way!
By “Customized Teeth Whitening” we mean that rarely do we perform an identical whitening treatment on Lumina clients. The exception being a “current client” scheduling a routine touch-up.
Every client goes will complete a Pre-Treatment Questionnaire. We then quantify information gathered to determine the appropriate protocol:
Intensity of our Laser Technology (Gentle · Normal · Intense Settings etc.) Cycles and timing of the whitening treatments Whitening Gel Formula determination. Selection of the correct formula is critical in order to achieve maximum whitening results with minimal/zero associated sensitivity. It’s not rocket science to attain & maintain a confident, Bright and White Smile – You just need to have the right people working on your behalf.