• Why is the 'at home' teeth whitening treatment the best there is?

    Because it is the only whitening treatment that guarantees a white smile that remains stable over time;
    Because it is the only treatment that minimise the risk of experiencing sensitivity;
    Because it provides tailor-made application times for the patient: we can adapt the duration of the treatment based on your schedule and preferences.

  • How does the ‘at home’ teeth whitening treatment work in a few words?

    We make soft, transparent, custom-made trays to apply the whitening gel (contained in handy refills). The treatment lasts about 16 consecutive days in total and the hours of application are variable: generally starting with one hour of application (first day) and gradually increasing to a maximum of 6 hours (around the twelfth day of treatment).

  • I would like to do a clinic whitening treatment, the one that lasts only 30 minutes, so that my teeth become white straight away. Do you do it?

    To quote Shakespeare: “Wisely and slow. They stumble that run fast.” In our experience, ‘everything and fast’ does not give great, long-lasting results. Moreover, there is also a high risk of experiencing strong sensitivity during the ‘in-clinic’ whitening treatment and for the following 24 hours.

  • What should I do before a teeth whitening appointment?

    Before starting a whitening treatment, it is fundamental to have done a professional cleaning: all tartar and external stains must be removed. WSM also recommends X-raying the teeth to make sure there are no significant cavities hidden between them, which could interfere with the result of the treatment.

  • You can undergo a whitening treatment if you are 18 or over. There is no maximum age limit.

  • What is the difference between removing stains and whitening? And why are our teeth not naturally white?

    Removing stains from teeth means removing (using a jet of air, water and bicarbonate powder – a procedure included in our professional cleaning) all external stains from the tooth. External stains are generally caused by 1) drinks such as tea and coffee 2) smoking 3) prolonged use of mouthwashes containing chlorhexidine or stannous fluoride.
    Teeth whitening means disrupting internal stains in tooth enamel by using a hydrogen peroxide-based whitening gel. Internal stains are generally due to 1) foods and drinks that pigment enamel, such as carrots, blueberries, coffee, tea,… 2) enamel and dentin depth 3) prolonged intake of tetracyclines at a young age 4) fluorosis stains (long-term intake of excessive amounts of fluoride during the enamel formation phase in permanent teeth) 5) abnormalities in the formation of enamel and dentin 6) certain systemic diseases 7) trauma causing the classic isolated white stain on affected teeth 8) necrosis of the dental pulp.

  • Why are some teeth unusually more yellow than others?

    The larger teeth in our mouth, especially the canines, are usually darker than the front teeth because they contain more dentine (the heart of the tooth) which is a naturally more yellow part of the tooth than the enamel (the shell of the tooth). Therefore, more dentine transpires from larger teeth, giving the tooth its typical yellowish colour. Give it a try: take a photo of your smile seen from the side; you will notice that the canine and back teeth are significantly darker than the front ones.

  • Does the 'at home' teeth whitening treatment hurt? Could it ruin my teeth?

    Absolutely not, the ‘at home’ whitening treatment does not hurt: at WSM we use Opalescence® whitening gel (hydrogen peroxide-based), a tested and safe product.
    You should beware of the homemade whitening treatments and professional treatments performed in a clinic.

  • How long does the effect last after finishing the ‘at home’ whitening treatment?

    The colour of whitened teeth can last for several months, if not years. The duration of the brightness of your smile certainly depends on: the genetic characteristics of your teeth, having correctly followed the whitening treatment instructions, consistent daily oral hygiene,… but above all on how often you consume foods and drinks that pigment the enamel (such as tea, coffee, blueberries, carrots, etc.) or if you are a smoker. However, you can rest assured: your teeth will never return to the same yellow colour you had before the treatment!

  • Could I avoid yellowing my teeth if I stopped drinking coffee or tea forever after my 'at home' treatment?

    Let us answer your question with one of our own: why give up the pleasures of life when you have the possibility to redo the treatment whenever you want and maintain your best white result over time?

  • How often can I repeat the whitening treatment and what does a teeth whitening 'booster' consist of?

    Doing a teeth whitening ‘booster’ means repeating the treatment for only a few days (usually two to four days) to restore whiteness and maintain it for longer. We generally recommend a whitening booster about every 6 months, ideally just after your regular cleaning session. Some patients schedule the ‘booster’ just before an important event, so that they can show off their dazzling smile on that occasion!

  • Can I eat, drink and smoke during the whitening treatment?

    When wearing the whitening treatment trays, you may neither eat nor smoke. Drinking water is permitted.

  • Can I no longer drink coffee on whitening days?

    You can eat or drink food or beverages that can stain your teeth as long as you wait 30 minutes after the application is finished.

  • I already have a fairly white smile, what benefits could I get from doing the whitening treatment?

    Whether you are lucky by nature or have already had a successful whitening treatment in the past, we still recommend our ‘at home’ whitening treatment to give you the chance to achieve maximum whiteness and make your smile bright.

  • Can I do the whitening treatment at night?

    Yes, you can do the whitening gel applications (at least for part of the treatment days) also at night. If necessary, we will give you a slightly milder gel than the classic one, so that you can wear the trays for up to 8 hours.

  • Can the trays be seen when I am wearing them? Will I be able to speak with the trays in my mouth?

    Don’t worry, you will be able to carry out your daily activities and deal with people without feeling any embarrassment, because the trays are thin, custom-made and above all transparent. Moreover, after the very first hours of treatment, you will find that you are able to speak completely normally.

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    People with little patience and constancy

  • Benefits of the 'at home' whitening treatment:

    Naturally whiter teeth!;
    Desire to take better care of oneself and thus more attention to daily oral hygiene;
    Some patients have even decided to stop smoking, after completing the ‘at home’ whitening treatment!

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