Teeth whitening

Practical information on teeth whitening

A bright smile is important for everyone’s appearance. A symbol of perfect hygiene, stained teeth can be a source of major complexes: studies show that one in two people suffers from tooth discoloration associated with stains. With this in mind, a number of techniques and solutions have been developed in recent years to whiten teeth and remove stains.

There are several techniques available for teeth whitening and tooth renewal. Our team at La Clinique du Lac, always keen to offer you cutting-edge technologies and treatments with approved results, can propose two solutions to rejuvenate and beautify your smile while restoring your self-confidence. Our specialist can whiten your teeth and provide radiofrequency dental care to correct imperfections and achieve genuine oral rejuvenation.

Teeth whitening with carbamide peroxide activated by LED light: Extrasmile in Aix-les-bains.
The active ingredient, carbamide peroxide (whitening) activated by a cold blue-spectrum light source, erases stains and yellowing caused by aging and the consumption of colored foods or tobacco. Your teeth will be visibly whiter after just one 20-minute treatment.

This method delivers rapid results, more effective than traditional procedures available to the public. Of course, results depend on the condition of your teeth and the causes of discoloration.

Extrasmile® with carbamide peroxide and LED: The solution for teeth whitening in Aix les Bains

As we age, and depending on our dietary habits, it’s inevitable that our smile ages too: teeth become yellow, stained and discolored. Extrasmile® treatment allows you to safely eliminate these imperfections and the yellowing of teeth, whether related to coffee, tobacco, tea, etc.

How does tooth whitening with Extrasmile® work?

The peroxide-based formula is activated by cold LED light. This cosmetic technique brightens teeth in just 20 minutes. For best results in the first session, we recommend two 20-minute treatments.

What are the results of tooth whitening with Extrasmile?

The more evenly shaded the tooth, the better the results. The gain can be from 4 to 20 shades lighter in a single treatment. Yellow teeth lighten more easily than gray teeth, and are therefore closer to white at the end of treatment. Staining caused by antibiotics (tetracycline) or shock is less likely to respond to the lightening process.

Is tooth whitening with Extrasmile safe?

The active ingredients used in Extrasmile’s peroxide-based formula are the same as those used by dentists, but at lower dosages, making it possible to safely correct stains and yellowing of the teeth while preserving the teeth and gums, under the guidance of our dental hygienist specialist.
The treatment is safe and painless. In some cases, the treatment may cause temporary sensitivity of the teeth or gums (sensation of warmth, slight tingling).
This sensitivity varies from person to person and is caused by the disinfectant effect of the active ingredient contained in the gel. In all cases, any discomfort is only slight and temporary, and disappears completely within a few hours of treatment.

A few small white spots or sensitivities may appear, but these are only temporary and disappear within 12 to 24 hours. If necessary, a mouthwash or brushing with fluoride toothpaste (or toothpaste for sensitive teeth) may alleviate these effects.

Precautions and contraindications for tooth whitening

Any adult with healthy but discolored teeth can use these brightening treatments.
Our team of experts will be happy to answer any questions you may have.

Tooth whitening, an aesthetic technique to enhance your smile

Smile is an essential element of communication, and the quality of your teeth affects the aesthetics of your face. Damaged and yellowed teeth can be a source of self-consciousness and disrupt your relationship with others. Enhancing your smile through teeth whitening can erase signs of aging and restore self-confidence.

The enamel of your teeth is the outer layer that determines their color, and its thickness plays a role. Over time and depending on your lifestyle, the enamel becomes thinner, and microfissures allow food colorants (such as tea, coffee, wine, spices, etc.) to penetrate the dentin and cause teeth yellowing.

Medical and aesthetic surgery already take care of your face with injections and anti-aging treatments. They can also bring radiance to your smile through teeth whitening. Choose teeth whitening to regain pearly white teeth and feel like smiling again.

How does a teeth whitening session work?

A tooth whitening session lasts around twenty minutes. After a thorough cleaning and gum shielding, the whitening gel is applied to the patient’s tooth surface. The lamp activates the whitening process.

Results are visible immediately; depending on the intensity of tooth discoloration, repeat sessions may be necessary. After the full treatment, the benefits of whitening last for several years, but it’s important to remember that the tooth will re-pigment over time.

What are the regulations regarding tooth whitening?

Tooth whitening is for adults only, and is not recommended for children and adolescents. As a precautionary measure, it is not recommended for pregnant women, or people suffering from cavities, gingivitis, periodontitis or hypersensitivity of the teeth or gums… The result may also be disappointing for people wearing ceramic crowns or dental implants, as these will not lighten. However, there is no age limit for treatment.

Clinique du Lac specialists take the time to examine your mouth to ensure that there are no contraindications to this aesthetic treatment.

In the case of cosmetic treatment of vital teeth, European regulations stipulate that products containing a maximum of 6% hydrogen peroxide must be used, to ensure that the method is completely safe. In the case of medical devices, concentrations can be much higher, particularly in the case of devitalized teeth. For carbamide peroxide, a maximum of 16% is permitted.

Beware of whitening kits available on the Internet: most products do not comply with regulations and can cause irreversible damage to your teeth.

Other solutions for whiter teeth

Il est possible de procéder au blanchiment interne sur une dent dévitalisée en cabinet dentaire : le produit à base de peroxyde d’hydrogène est alors déposé à l’intérieur de la dent.

Le dentiste peut aussi vous proposer la pose de facettes dentaires. Il s’agit de petites coques de céramique qui seront posées sur la surface externe de vos dents. Cette technique est recommandée si les traitements de blanchiment ne sont pas adaptés ou s’il existe de légers défauts à rectifier au niveau de la dentition : écart entre les dents, forme des dents, alignement…

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