FAQs

Tooth Whitening General
1. What is Tooth Whitening?
2. Why would I want to whiten my teeth?
3. What is the process?

Custom Tray Whitening Kit
1. What’s in the gel?
2. Will it hurt my teeth?
3. I’ve heard that it causes a lot of sensitivity?
4. What is Glycerin?
5. Will it lighten my crown, bridges, or fillings?
6. How is this better than the whitening kits you buy in the shops?
7. How long does it take to create my plastic custom fit trays?
8. Is it a permanent process?
9. Why are you able to do this at such a low price?

Starlite Power Whitening System
1. What about laser whitening or power whitening?
2. Whats in the gel?
3. Will it hurt my teeth?
4. I’ve heard that it causes a lot of sensitivity?
5. Is it a permanent process?
6. Why are you able to do this at such a low price?

General FAQs
1. What about white spots on my teeth?
2. What about brown spots on my teeth?
3. What about brown spots on my teeth?
4. What about the discolouration of a root canal?
5. Will my dental insurance cover this?
6. I heard this procedure would eat my teeth.
7. Can my daughter or son do it?

 

Tooth Whitening General

1. What is Tooth Whitening?

Tooth whitening has been around for many years. It is the process of lightening the teeth to make them appear whiter and brighter using oxidising agents such as sodium bicarbonate. With the advancement of technology and science the processes have become quicker and pain free.

2. Why would I want to whiten my teeth?

Over time, your teeth will inevitably tend to age and become stained by foodstuffs, particularly by smoking and drinking coffee, tea and red wine. Having your teeth whitened can also enhance your appearance and make you look younger.

3. What is the process?

Hollywood Smiles offers professional teeth whitening solutions. Prior to treatment your practitioner will discuss the different teeth whitening options available they will listen to your requirements and together you can decide upon the best Treatment option for you. Starlite, Custom Tray or Deep White.

 

Custom Tray Whitening Kit

1. What’s in the gel?

Our whitening gels are made in the USA by one of the most respected chemists in the world within their ISO certified plant. The blending of our gel is unique, its a solution of Glycerin (preservative) and buffered Sodium Bicarbonate. Glycerin is the ingredient, which helps keep the Bicarbonate active for an extended period of time.

2. Will it hurt my teeth?

It will not hurt your teeth. Sodium Bicarbonate penetrates the pores of your teeth and removes the stains that have been accumulated over the years. Whitening has been available for over a hundred years; and has been proven to be completely safe and effective.

3. I’ve heard that it causes a lot of sensitivity?

The process can cause some sensitivity. Usually it will dissipate in a day or two. If you already have sensitive teeth, we suggest using Sensodyne toothpaste two weeks prior and post procedure. The fluoride and potassium nitrate will help eliminate the sensitivity by clogging the pores. It does slow down the process slightly, but you will still get great results. However, the way we teach you to use the system, eliminates a lot of problems associated with sensitivity. We allow your teeth to adapt to the Glycerin (which causes the sensitivity) and still maximize your results. We also have a range of desensitising agents which can help aid and treat sensitivity.

4. What is Glycerin?

Glycerin is a preservative that helps keep the gel active for a longer period of time. This allows the product to have an extended shelf life. Glycerin is used in many products including, various brands of toothpaste, lotion and deodorant. It does cause dryness as it removes some of the moisture in your teeth, which can cause initial minor sensitivity.

5. Will it lighten my crown, bridges, or fillings?

It will not lighten any crowns, bridges or fillings. Only real teeth surfaces.

6. How is this better than the whitening kits you buy in the shops?

The store kits have what they call “Boil and Bite” trays. What this means, is that you boil them and then put them in your mouth and bite down hard to have them form to your teeth. This procedure is very ineffective, because you can’t have the tray hot enough for it to really form correctly to your teeth without burning your mouth. Non-moldable tray whitening is another system that you can buy over the counter, this is a very uncomfortable procedure because you have a sports mouth guard type tray in your mouth for 15 to 30 minutes, twice a day, and it is very difficult to keep the gel from your gums. You can’t talk, your saliva dilutes the system and the air kills off the solution. It gives you an upset stomach and a sore throat if you swallow the solution, which is very difficult to avoid.

7. How long does it take to create my plastic custom fit trays?

We only need you in the clinic for about 30 minutes, in order to have a consultation and your impressions taken. We can then have your plastic trays and the complete system ready for you within around 4-7 days.

8. Is it a permanent process?

It is a permanent process as long as you don’t drink coffee or tea or you don’t smoke. If you do, it does require a touch up about every 4-6 months. Wearing your trays once every two to three weeks is considered good maintenance. If you require more whitening gel you can come back to our clinics and purchase more there is no need to have the complete process carried out again.

9. Why are you able to do this at such a low price?

We have big buying power and purchase direct from the manufacturer, the savings we make we can pass on to you. We produce everything in house, we have our own state of the art laboratory, which creates everything you require to have a Hollywood Smile, this cuts out overheads. This has opened the door to a larger group of consumers who in the past may not have been able to afford this service. All personnel have undergone the Hollywood Smiles training program and will guide you on taking an impression of your teeth.

 

Starlite Power Whitening System

1. What about laser whitening or power whitening?

Hollywood Smiles offers the Starlite power whitening system. The system achieves fantastic results within an hour. The procedure takes place in clinic involves the Hollywood Smiles Professional having a consultation with you, once your questions have been answered and we happy with the condition of your teeth the procedure will then commence

1. Your gums will be protected and the Hollywood Smiles patented Starlite whitening gel is applied to your teeth.

2. The gel is then activated by the Starlite, a matrix of LED lights operating at an optimum frequency.

3. The treatment takes place within 1 2 or 3 20 minutes sessions (depending on severity of staining) or four if your teeth are severely discoloured. While you sit back and relax on a comfortable treatment bed, you can listen to music or *watch a DVD on DVD glasses. (*may not be available at all outlets) At the end of the session get ready for your new Hollywood Smile. Pair this with the Hollywood Smiles Custom Tray system and have the Ultimate Hollywood Smile!

2. Whats in the gel?

Our unique Starlite Gel is again produced in the USA within an ISO certified facility it contains a unique blend of buffered Sodium Bicarbonate and light activated accelerators. Once the Starlite LED Lamp is switched on the accelerators in the gel cause the Bicarbonate to breakdown rapidly into tiny molecules smaller than the pores on your teeth, these molecules enter the pores and eradicate the staining.

3. Will it hurt my teeth?

It will not hurt your teeth. Bicarbonate penetrates the pores of your teeth and oxidises very quickly thus removing the stains we will also protect the soft tissue in your mouth, maximising your comfort and safety.

4. I’ve heard that it causes a lot of sensitivity?

The process can cause some sensitivity. Usually it will dissipate in a day or two. If you already have sensitive teeth, we suggest using Sensodyne toothpaste two weeks prior and post procedure. The fluoride and potassium nitrate will help eliminate the sensitivity by clogging the pores. It does slow down the process slightly, but you will still get great results. However, the way we teach you to use the system, eliminates a lot of problems associated with sensitivity. We also have a range of desensitising agents which can help aid and treat sensitivity.

5. Is it a permanent process?

The treatment can last up to 2 years as long as you don’t consume heavy staining foods, coffee or tea or you don’t smoke. If you do, it does require a touch up about every 4-6 months. You can come back to our clinic for a touch up appointment you do not have to have the complete process carried out again an alternative would be to go for the Custom Tray Home Whitening System.

6. Why are you able to do this at such a low price?

We have big buying power and purchase direct from the manufacturer, the savings we make we can pass on to you. This has opened the door to a larger group of consumers who in the past may not have been able to afford this service. All personnel have undergone the Hollywood Smiles training program and will guide you on achieving the best results.

 

General FAQs

Hollywood Smiles thoroughly recommends regular dental visits. If you have not had a dental check up in the last 6 months before treatment please visit your dentist for a check up and a scale and polish is also beneficial.

1. What about white spots on my teeth?

Our product is great for that as it whitens of the rest of your teeth to match more closely. You will see a more even colour between the white spots and your teeth. Those spots could have been caused by flourosis (fluoride staining), decalcification (break down of the teeth, on the verge of a cavity) or some sort of trauma to your teeth as a child (a fever or a blow to the mouth). Please be aware there is also a chance that the white spots on the teeth may become even whiter if you have any concerns please visit your dentist.

3. What about brown spots on my teeth?

Do the brown spots cause you any discomfort? If they do you’ll want to visit your dentist. If they don’t hurt they are probably some other type of stain. This product will most likely lighten those types of brown spots.

3. What about the discolouration of a root canal?

Unfortunately, it won’t lighten that. There are few things you can do for that. Some options might include internal bleaching, a veneer or a crown. Hollywood Smiles thoroughly recommends regular dental visits.

4. Will my dental insurance cover this?

Your dental insurance won’t cover this because it is a cosmetic procedure. No cosmetic whitening procedure would be covered by your insurance.

5. What if I’ve got a tooth or teeth that are painful?

Go get it checked out by your dentist before whitening to make sure it is safe.

6. What if I’m in the middle of a root canal?

Wait till you’re treatment has finished and healed.

7. What if I have a temporary on for a permanent crown?

Wait till you’re finished the treatment. The substance used when taking an impression will pop your temporary off.

I heard this procedure would eat my teeth.

It won’t eat your teeth. People who abuse the system might develop sensitivity to their teeth, but this will subside. Wearing it for a prolonged period of time may cause sensitivity.

8. Can my daughter or son do it?

They need to be at least 18 years of age and have parental consent to do so. Their teeth haven’t completely moved down yet. It’s better to wait until they are at least 18.