FAQs

Looking for safe professional, effective, superior, and affordable teeth whitening in Vancouver?  We know you’ve got questions, and we’ve got answers! Here’s a list of some frequently asked questions (FAQs). If you can’t find the answer to your question or concern, please contact us at 604-620-9901.

Is Pearl Boutique a Dental Hygiene Clinic?

Yes Pearl Boutique is a Dental Hygiene Clinic run by a registered dental hygienist. Pearl Boutique offers preventative dental hygiene services and is one of the leading teeth whitening specialists in Vancouver.

How long does a teeth cleaning take?

A standard teeth cleaning for someone who has regular cleanings (semi-annually) will take about 1 hour. If it has been years since your last teeth cleaning it can take longer. We will be able to better estimate the length of time it will take when you come in for your teeth cleaning.

Can I get my teeth cleaning and teeth whitening in the same day?

Yes we will do your teeth cleaning right before your teeth whitening. This will give you the most optimal results!

Why do my gums bleed when I brush and floss?

Usually this is an indication of gum disease and it is a good idea to book a teeth cleaning.Plaque will sit under the gum line and cause the gums to get infected and therefore bleed easily.

How often should I get my teeth cleaned by a dental hygienist?

It is different for everyone, ranging from every 3 months to ever 9 months. It is best to see your dental hygienist and follow his/her recommendation based on inflammation of the gums and tartar build up.

How much does a teeth cleaning cost?

For a standard 1 hour teeth cleaning the average cost is about $150. If it takes longer then 1 hour the price will go up based on the Canadian Dental Hygiene Fee Guide. We will let you know when we start your cleaning if it will take longer then an hour. If you need to, we can stop after 1 hour and you come back at a later date to finish due to financial reasons.

Do you accept dental insurance?

Our dental office does accept dental insurance for your dental cleanings. We request payment from you up front and you are reimbursed to your home from your insurance company. We do all of the paper work for you!

Is there a dentist at your office?

There is no dentist at Pearl Boutique. The dental cleanings are done by a registered dental hygienist.There are no X-rays taken either. We recommend you see your dentist every 1-2 year for a dental exam and any recommended X-rays.

What happens in a Pearl Teeth Whitening Treatment?

The process is simple—you relax in our centrally located, boutique-like office with a lip and cheek retractor in place while Pearl’s high-grade dental whitening gel is carefully applied to your teeth with a gingival dam. This gel is then light-cured to the soft tissues, a procedure that only licensed dental professionals are able to legally receive (CDA approved) and apply. A superior LED, or Zoom light is required to speed up the process of whitening. The light is placed directly in front of the client’s exposed teeth and runs for 15-20 minutes before the gel is reapplied.

We typically perform 1 to 3 treatments on each client during the same session; the more treatments you perform, the better results you obtain. Your appointment will last approximately one hour.

What results can I expect from my teeth whitening treatment?

 Your teeth whitening treatment will immediately leave your teeth two to eight, sometimes ten shades whiter. How much whiter depends on a multitude of factors, including how stained the teeth were before the whitening, what kind of staining agent caused most of the coloration, how well the person’s enamel reacts to peroxide and the number of treatments performed. It also depends on the kind of gel used (carbamide vs. hydrogen peroxide), the concentration level of the teeth whitening gel and the kind of application system that is used. For heavier more challenging stain removal,we recommend at least a 45 min in-office teeth whitening combined with a take home whitening to be done for another 7-14 days after.

A cosmetic teeth-whitening treatment will NOT make the teeth paper white. There is no such shade of white for enamel. Pictures of teeth in the media are not true enamel; they are usually bonds or veneers, or have been enhanced to look whiter.

There are different levels of hydrogen peroxide percentages available to attain your whitest smile and still be comfortable in your session treatment. If you’d like your smile a little brighter, your hygienist will show you how to use the tools in a customized whitening kit or pen to achieve the results you want. In certain cases you may need another 20-60 minutes at a follow up appointment. This may be for reasons of age, oral habits (excessive tea, coffee, and other dark, edible substances) or porous enamel. Some people’s teeth cannot be whitened as effectively with the above method, such as those that were stained by the antibiotic tetracycline or those who have fluorosis.

Will I experience any sensitivity?

95% of patients feel nothing  during their teeth whitening treatment. A patient may experience some sensitivity that evening and the next day. If you are concerned about sensitivity we can do a remineralization treatment for you at the end. As well, you can use a sensitivity toothpaste for 3 days before your teeth whitening.

Who can use the services offered by Pearl Teeth Whitening in Vancouver?

Pearl teeth whitening is great for just about everyone; however, it’s recommended that the following groups abstain from any whitening treatments for optimal safety:

Women who are pregnant or lactating

Anyone with dental fluorosis

Anyone who is recovering from oral surgery

Anyone allergic to peroxide and related products

Anyone with tetracycline staining

Anyone with darkened teeth due to a root canal treatment (internal bleaching is the only solution here)

Anyone under the age of sixteen

What is the most effective way to whiten my teeth?

The most effective way to whiten teeth is to do an in-office laser teeth whitening followed by 7-14 days of an at home whitening treatment. The longer the whitening gel is being exposed to the teeth, the deeper it will absorb into the enamel and the whiter the teeth will appear. Unfortunately we can’t leave you sitting in the chair for more than 1 hour, so this is the longest we can do in-office.

There are some white spots on my gums: is this normal?

Blanching (whitening of the gum tissue) will sometimes occur when the whitening gel contacts gum tissue. Tissue colour will return to normal within 30 minutes.

Why do I see white spots/lines on some of my teeth?

These are areas of enamel demineralization and may occasionally occur on people who have had braces or have porous enamel. This whiteness is conditional and will disappear within 24 hours.

How long does Pearl Teeth Whitening last?

Pearl’s Professional Teeth Whitening treatment generally lasts anywhere from six months to a year, but this can vary depending on your oral hygiene habits. When shade regression begins, you can book a 20-60 minute touch up appointment, or purchase a customized kit or pen to help maintain your beautiful white smile.

What are the ingredients in professional whitening gel?

The active ingredient in teeth whitening gel is hydrogen peroxide. We use a 35% HP gel for optimal results.

What is the difference between dental office whitening and Pearl Professional Whitening?

There is no difference in the quality or professional service provided between a dental office and our whitening services. We also make sure you are fully educated about your choices before beginning treatment. However, our prices are significantly lower for multiple reasons:

We specialize in whitening options and long-term whitening care.

We do not operate a large dental clinic  that requires a high up front costs to run.

This enables us to offer prices nearly half those demanded by dental offices.

New clients receive 10% off .

What is the difference between Pearl Dental Professional Whitening and spas or other non-licensed services that provide teeth whitening?

Certain spas and other non-licensed services offer the option of teeth whitening. However, these employees are not certified in oral care and it is illegal for them to work in your mouth. Therefore, aestheticians provide tools and pre-filled trays, leaving you to do the work yourself with little assistance or supervision. They are not provided with dental grade HP% and CP%, which only licensed dental professionals are able to receive through registration and licensing.

Every teeth whitening treatment at Pearl Teeth Whitening is performed by a registered dental hygienist. CDA (Canadian Dental Association) and independent researchers have come to the conclusion that teeth whitening treatment cannot be performed in certain oral conditions. Some of these conditions could be open dental caries, candidiasis, endogenous stain, leukoplakia, oral cytology, enamel morphology concerns, ulcerative gingivitis, and periodontitis. All these conditions might not show symptoms and require a thorough oral assessment by a dental professional to be detected. The only people trained and legally able to perform such detailed oral assessments are either licensed dentists or licensed dental hygienists. Dental-grade whitening agents are also only provided to licensed dental professionals. If one of the above oral conditions is not detected and teeth whitening gel were to be applied on those areas, the client might suffer severe consequences during or after the treatment. Most professional teeth whitening products use teeth whitening gels that contain hydrogen peroxide; therefore, if one of the above oral conditions were present, this could seriously damage the teeth.

Important after-care information

1. Do not smoke, eat or drink anything but water during the first 60 minutes following the treatment. Teeth whitening gel opens the enamel pores, making your teeth vulnerable to staining agents.

2. Do not smoke, drink or eat staining foods after treatment for a period of 24 to 48 hours. Avoid tea, coffee, red wine, fizzy drinks, curry, dark green vegetables, tomato-based sauces, etc.

3. You can use your at-home teeth whitening pen once a day for the first 2-3 days then once every 2-3 weeks until the gel runs out. This will help you maintain the achieved whitening results and avoid a quick relapse.

4. DO NOT consume acidic drinks or foods after the whitening treatment for 3-6 days. This could cause sensitivity.

5. It is recommended that you maintain your professional whitening with an appointment every 6-12 months. Your results can improve with each treatment. How long the results last will depend on your daily habits and porosity of your teeth, which is genetic. Unfortunately the porosity of your teeth cannot be pre-determined. Pearl Professional Whitening will, however, be able to determine the best level of maintenance and customize your treatment and home care to achieve your whitest smile.

6. Please click on the Canadian Dental Association (CDA) website to refer the safety guidelines of teeth whitening.

What is the difference between hydrogen and carbamide peroxide?

Very few dentists use carbamide peroxide teeth whitening for chair-side treatments at their offices. Anyone who recommends the product for such treatment does not understand the science behind teeth whitening. Dentists and hygienists typically use hydrogen peroxide teeth whitening for in-office treatments. It is hydrogen peroxide gel that provides the best results for such short-term treatments.

Hydrogen Peroxide

It is hydrogen peroxide that turns teeth white. This is the case even if a carbamide peroxide treatment is used. Carbamide peroxide is actually manufactured from hydrogen peroxide. It is the product of hydrogen molecule and urea molecule. Oxygen molecules penetrate the surface of the tooth, break down the stain particles and remove them through a process called dehydration.

Carbamide Peroxide

Carbamide Peroxide cannot whiten teeth before it is broken down into hydrogen peroxide. This is why it is not ideal for a chair-side treatment that takes between 15 and 20 minutes. A chair-side session would be over before a carbamide peroxide product even begins to whiten the teeth. All dentists and hygienists must aim to give their patients the best service possible. This means they must use the best gel in the first place. If you must use carbamide for your treatment, ensure the treatment session takes at least 40 minutes. While some dentists and hygienists choose carbamide peroxide because it causes less gum irritation, this happens only because it does not break into hydrogen peroxide as quickly, which consequently means it does not work as effectively.

Why is Pearl Teeth Whitening better than bleaching strips?

Bleaching strips work over a long period of time for very light staining. They must be used regularly to maintain optimal results, which requires you to buy them more than just once. The HP% is minimal for over the counter safety regulations. Strips are meant to lie across straight teeth. If teeth aren’t straight, areas may be missed, resulting in a spotty smile. Moreover, strips are one-size fits all, and must be trimmed to fit your mouth. Chemical burns may occur on the gums if strips are improperly applied. Whitening strips are high in acids and may result in sensitivity during use.

The professionals at Pearl Dental Teeth Whitening in Vancouver apply a powerful but gentle gel to your teeth using a tiny, versatile brush that reaches every crevice while avoiding sensitive gum tissue. A gingival barrier is also put in place and light cured for further protection. With Pearl, you don’t have to worry about burns or missed spots. You get a brilliantly white smile, regardless of the shape, size, and set of your teeth.

 

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