Your Questions About Tooth Whitening Products
Is the 44% stronger than the 35% Hydrogen Peroxide?
Carbamide Peroxide consists of H202(hydrogen peroxide, the active ingredient) bonded with urea. Our 44% carbamide peroxide consists of 15.8% H202. Therefore, it’s about half the strength of the 35% H202. We found this concentration to be a viable in-office option as it can produce in-office results on the upper arch without the need for a rubber dam.
What is the shelf-life of the bleaching material?
The shelf life of the at-home bleaching material is 1year. The bleaching material should be kept refrigerated. In-office materials should also be refrigerated and replaced about nine months after the date of purchase.
Do the higher concentrations cause sensitivity?
Our experience has shown that about 5% of patients are sensitive to carbamide peroxide. This percentage of sensitivity appears to be consistent through concentrations of 10%, 15%, 20% and 30%.
What should be done when a patient is experiencing sensitivity?
If a patient experiences pulpal symptoms, i.e. minor tooth sensitivity (nationwide surveys show less than 5% occurrence of such sensitivity with all at-home peroxide based bleaching agents), instruct them to discontinue treatment for 48 hours, and then resume treatment with 1/2 cc of material in the tray for one hour, once per day. The majority of such symptoms are transient and regress within about 48 hours.
What is a common at-home treatment regimen?
We suggest that you have the patient place 1/2 cc of the material into the stent and wear the stent for 30 minutes. Twice-a-day applications is all that is required. Send the patient home with enough material (i.e. one 5.5cc syringe) to begin the upper arch. Bring patient in for a mid-treatment recall before sending him/her home with the remainder of bleach (sometimes in a higher concentration) to complete the arch. A mid-treatment exam is optional. After completion of the upper arch, then repeat the process for the lower arch.
What does “patent protection” mean?
We are licensed under Patent Re: 34,196 which covers a method of tooth bleaching that involves placing bleaching material into a dentist designed mouth tray. We extend that patent protection in conjunction with the use of our products to our dentists’ customers.
Both our At-Home and In-Office systems offer exceptionally practical and effective products at the right price.