Tooth Whitening by BOOST FAQs

Boost with Speedy Teeth Whitening!

A pearly-white smile is beautiful to look at and can greatly improve self-confidence. Many people are opting for the Boost!® Chairside Whitening System (Boost!®) for fast, safe and effective teeth whitening. Boost!® combines the newest advances in dental technology with proven chemical formulas. This ensures that the bleaching experience is painless, and the results are satisfying.

Here are some frequently asked questions about Boost:

Why should I get teeth whitening?

They say that a smile can be a sign of many types of emotions. We smile to say “hello”, to say “I’m sorry”, to say “I’m proud of you”, to say “thank you”. We smile to show that we are happy. But it’s also equally important to be happy with our smile. Teeth whitening is a process that can improve our smiles by making them whiter, making us smile wider and giving us confidence and satisfaction with our smiles. Teeth whitening gives us brighter smiles to brighten not only our days, but others’ as well.

How does Boost!® whiten the teeth?
Boost!® is a bleaching process that lightens the dentin and enamel of the teeth. Boost!® contains a hydrogen peroxide component (25%), which is the active ingredient in the gel. When hydrogen peroxide is applied to the teeth, the peroxide component breaks down into tiny oxygen bubbles. It is these bubbles that eliminate yellowing and staining.

A mercury metal halide light is used to activate the gel and expedite the whitening process. This specialized light contains a unique infrared filter that works to reduce the amount of heat (and therefore sensitivity) on the surface of the teeth during the procedure. It also works by opening up the pores of the tooth. Once the pores are open, then the bleaching gels can more easily penetrate the tooth. It’s like taking a really hot shower. After the shower, the pores are open, so it’s best to put on lotion right after getting out of the shower, so that your skin can absorb the lotion. It works the same way with teeth!

As with any whitening system, the post-treatment results can vary according to the degree of staining and the condition of the teeth. A consultation with the dentist prior to treatment will provide information as to what kind of results Boost!® can provide in specific instances. Boost!® is only applied to healthy teeth and gums. If tooth decay or gum disease is an issue, these need to be controlled before the bleaching treatment is performed.

How is the Boost!® treatment performed?
Prior to treatment, there will be a consultation where the dentist will outline the exact procedure. On treatment day, a deep cleaning (prophylaxis) will be performed to rid the teeth of any debris and plaque. Then, special eyewear will be provided to protect the eyes from the halide light, and splashguards to protect the clothing from the bleaching agent. Watch our Boost! In-Office Teeth Whitening Procedures Video

How long will the whole process take?
Our in house preferred teeth whitening product, Boost!®, is a very easy process that finishes within a one and a half hour dental appointment! The whitening itself takes only an hour, with four fifteen minute sessions, but it takes about thirty minutes to prepare the patient for the procedure. The process includes a laser light to be shined onto the patient’s mouth to increase the effectiveness of the whitening. To prevent burning the gums, lips, and skin around the teeth, barriers are placed on them before the whitening process starts. In addition, the initial shade of the patient’s tooth is taken using a shade guide so that a comparison can be made for the final shade.

What can I do during that one hour that I’m getting my teeth whitened?
During teeth whitening, patients are more than welcome to simply relax. After the barriers have been placed, patient’s can spend the hour watching their favorite shows on our flat screen TV while reclined in our comfortable leather covered dental chairs. Those musically inclined can choose to listen to music instead on our complimentary i-Pods or on their own music player devices. We also have i-Pads at the front desk that patients can check out, but it is important for the patient to sit still since the light can possibly burn areas that aren’t covered by barriers. As always, patients are also welcome to use our cozy blankets if they get cold in the dental clinic.

What can I do if my teeth are already sensitive and I know that I am going to get sensitivity after the whitening process?
Most people are concerned about teeth sensitivity. It is well known that many patients feel sensitivity after the teeth whitening process, and that is absolutely normal! The sensitivity is usually described as short zings that shoot down the tooth’s nerve. This can easily be calmed by over the counter drugs such as Advil or Tylenol. We always offer our patient’s the option of taking an ibuprofen before getting their teeth whitened in case they get sensitivity during the process. This allows them to go through with the teeth whitening for longer more easily.

What happens if I cannot sit through the four sessions and have to stop early?
That’s absolutely okay! Your teeth will continue to whiten the next few days. The light just helps increase the effectiveness of the gels, and the teeth will still whiten even without the light.

What can and can’t I eat or drink after getting teeth whitening?
The pores remain open the next few days after teeth whitening which is why your teeth continue to whiten. These days are critical for the teeth whitening process as well! It is important to avoid foods or drinks with high amounts of artificial coloring, such as ketchup, mustard, coffee, tea, and red wine. For coffee drinkers, if you must absolutely have caffeine, try an energy drink, otherwise, drink your coffee through a straw. Also, smokers should try to not smoke during the next few days to get the best results!

How often do I have to re-whiten my teeth?
Once in-house teeth whitening are done, a patient can whiten their teeth at home until they reach a shade that they are happy with, if they haven’t already reached it. Whitening at home can easily be done with bleaching trays and at home whitening gels. After that shade is reached, a patient needs only touch up every three to four months.

What happens after treatment?
The same external factors that caused the discoloration in the first place can quickly work their way back onto the teeth. For this reason, the dentist recommends flossing once a day, thorough cleaning with anti-sensitivity toothpaste twice a day, and occasional retreatment with Boost!® Weekender. These post-treatment measures will ensure that the smile stays at its whitest for a long time.

Ladera Ranch Dentistry and Orthodontics is a leading provider of teeth whitening for the neighborhoods in and around Ladera Ranch, Coto de Caza, Rancho Santa Margarita, Trabuco Canyon, San Juan Capistrano and Mission Viejo.