Frequently Asked Questions2021-06-16T10:12:47+00:00

Teeth Whitening FAQ’s


Teeth whitening is an in office procedure that uses LED light along with whitening gel to increase the whitening shade on your teeth. The types of gel used are: Carbamide Peroxide gel and Hydrogen Peroxide gel.

The best option is to visit your dentist to see if whitening is right for you. Almost anyone can benefit from tooth whitening. However, here are a few things to be aware of as some people are more susceptible to tooth sensitivity than others particularly:

Those with generalized gingival (gum) recession.

Younger individuals in whom dentin is thinner and the enamel more porous.

Individuals with enamel loss exposing sensitive dentin; this can be due to wear, caused by grinding habits, or from acid erosion.

This varies depending on your day to day habits and daily routine. We suggest you get it done once a year. At least 6-8 months between whitening sessions.
The procedure consists of three 15 minute sessions. Therefore it can take between 45 min -1 hour to complete the entire whitening. Here at build a smile we customize every session to the patients individual needs. You may not need all three sessions.
Right after your treatment many patients notice white spots on their teeth. This is called ‘decalcification’. This is cause lack of calcium, too much food or beverages with acid, as well as number of things including. In most cases, these spots will resolve themselves within the next 24-48 hours.
We pride ourselves in making this a painless process. In office whitening is safer than take home whitening. We make sure to protect your gums with a professional grade gel barrier prior to whitening to avoid any uncomfortable sensation. Please be aware, you will be wearing a mouth retractor that will hold your cheeks back and mouth open for the entire length of the procedure. If you have tooth sensitivity, we recommend a consultation before whitening to discuss if its right for you, or possibly reducing the amount of sessions.
You must be 18 or older.
Anyone who has not seen a dentist in the last 6 months is not a good candidate for whitening.
If you are pregnant or lactating, teeth whitening is not recommended.
If you have any teeth sensitivity
If you have a lot of fillings, dental bonding or crowns, you may not be a candidate for dental whitening. This is because restorations will not respond to whitening, and a whitening treatment could result in a very uneven appearance. If you have yet to have restorations done, and are considering whitening, you should have the whitening treatment before the restoration.

SureSmile FAQ’s

SureSmile® is a treatment that works to gradually straighten teeth through the process of wearing a series of clear, custom-fit removable aligners. There are no brackets or wires like traditional metal braces. Instead of metal brackets and wires, composite buttons are placed on teeth that are designated by an orthodontist for movement. The button space will be incorporated into all the trays except your final tray. Your final tray will be used as a retainer to wear at night moving forward.

Button placement does not hurt. Buttons are also called attachments that match your tooth shade and are not visible.

What is the difference between Sure Smile and Invisalign?

Sure Smile and Invisalign are the same thing, just different brands. Sure Smile has warranties that cover refinement and lost trays for the first time.

Every smile is unique, and treatment times will vary. However, SureSmile® is specifically designed to expedite treatment time with fewer refinements. SureSmile® is a completely integrated workflow solution that is proven to expedite treatment time. By combining proprietary software with clinical decision support, registration of Ceph, 3D imaging models and robotic technology, you arrive at your desired smile faster with precision.

After your initial scan you will find out how long your specific case will take.

For the best results possible, SureSmile® aligners should be worn between 20-22 hours each day (including while asleep).
Each aligner is engraved with the first four letters of your name, a “U” for the upper teeth aligner and an “L” for the lower teeth, followed by the stage/next in series number.
You don’t need to give up any of your favorite foods while in treatment. However, you need to remove your SureSmile® clear aligners when eating all snacks and meals, and when drinking all liquids except for cool water.

While wearing your aligners, please do not:
Chew gum
Drink hot, sweet, or colored liquids including clear soda

Take extra care with liquids. Hot liquids like coffee or soup may warp or distort the aligners. Drinking liquids like coffee, tea, wine or any other colored liquid may compromise the invisibility of your aligners.
You do not need to remove to drink water.

When it comes to keeping your aligners clean, don’t make the mistake of cleaning SureSmile® aligners with the same products used to brush teeth.

Products to avoid and why:

Toothbrush & toothpaste: Can scratch the surface of the aligner and reduce clarity

Mouthwash: Most mouthwashes contain dyes that can discolor the aligner

Scented or colored soaps: Can discoloration, cloudiness & leave an unpleasant taste in the mouth

Hot water: Can potentially soften & distort the aligner

**Retainer Brite® products are recommended to clean your SureSmile® aligners safely and effectively.* Always clean the aligners before each insertion. Be sure to choose the Retainer Brite® cleaning method that fits your daily routine. SureSmile® aligners can be quickly cleaned while you shower, eat meals, or if you are out on-the-go.**

For many, the answer is yes.

For patients who wish to transition from traditional braces to SureSmile® clear aligners it could be a possibility. Patients who have veneers, crowns or bridgework will have to be evaluated on a case by case basis.

We offer both cash and financing options through Care Credit.

Snap on Smile FAQ’s


The procedure is completely painless. All we need to do is scan of your teeth. It requires no shots, no drilling and no removal of your natural tooth structure.

Snap-On Smile will not damage your natural teeth. Simply follow the use and care instructions.

Snap-On Smile does not stain easily, but just like your natural teeth, certain products such as coffee, wine or soda can cause staining. Be sure to clean your Snap-On to help you maintain its wonderful appearance.

Snap-On Smile is designed to cover your entire upper arch or bottom arch. We will work with you to finalize the best smile make-over for you.

The Snap-On Smile appliance is expected to last several years with proper care.

Snap-On Smile is removable and simply snaps in and snaps out. It is held in place by your natural teeth and does not require adhesives or glue, of any kind.

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