Sapphire™ Whitening

If you prefer teeth that are immediately whiter right now or you would rather whiten your teeth over a few nights while you sleep, Dr. Britt has your answer with Sapphire. The Sapphire In-Office Whitening System uses proprietary technology to whiten your teeth an average of eight shades* in a little over an hour while you relax at your dentist’s office. It’s ideal for anyone who wants immediate results. The Sapphire Take-Home Whitening System uses a revolutionary patent-pending gel to whiten your teeth an average of six shades in three nights.

What is Sapphire! Tooth Whitening?

Sapphire is a whitening process that lightens discoloration of enamel and dentin.

What Can Cause Tooth Discoloration?

There are many causes. The most common include aging and consumption of staining substances such as coffee, tea or tobacco. During tooth formation, consumption of tetracycline, certain antibiotics, or excessive fluoride may also cause tooth discoloration.

Who May Benefit From Tooth Whitening?

Just about anyone can benefit from tooth whitening. However, treatment may not be as effective or some as it is for others. Upon an oral exam, Dr. Britt can determine if you are a candidate for this procedure, including a shade assessment.

And you may go even lighter with additional applications. Start on Friday and by Monday you’ll have a whole new smile.

Is Tooth Whitening Safe?

Yes, research and clinical studies indicate that whitening teeth under the supervision of a dentist is safe. In fact, many dentists consider whitening the safest cosmetic dental procedure available. As with any tooth whitening product, Sapphire is not recommended for children under 15 years of age and pregnant or lactating women. Whitening of the teeth is not recommended if there is any active infection in your mouth, or if it is evident that proper oral hygiene is a challenge to you.

How Long Do The Results Last?

By following some simple post whitening care instructions, your teeth will always be lighter than they were before. We recommend flossing, brushing twice daily with Sapphire Whitening Toothpaste, and touch-ups with Sapphire Take Home gel. These are professional formula products designed specifically to keep your teeth their brightest. They are available through our office.

What Is The Difference Between Over-The-Counter Tooth Whiteners & Sapphire

Consulting Dr. Britt is always the first step to whitening your teeth safely. Over-the-counter tooth whitening strips, brush-on gels and toothpastes take weeks or months to whiten your teeth just a few shades. Sapphire is clinically proven to whiten your teeth eight shades in one hour or six shades in just one weekend.

How Does The Sapphire In-Office System Work?

The Sapphire light-activated whitening gel’s active ingredient is carbamide peroxide. As hydrogen peroxide is broken down, oxygen enters the enamel and dentin, bleaching any colored substance while keeping the structure of the tooth unchanged. The Sapphire light aids in activating the hydrogen peroxide and helps it penetrate the surface of the tooth.

Is The Sapphire In-Office Procedure Painful?

No. During the procedure, patients actually listen to music and often fall asleep. 

Are There Any Side Effects?

Some people experience temporary increased tooth sensitivity to cold during treatment. These symptoms disappear within one to three days after interruption or completion of the treatment.

How Long Is The Procedure?

The entire procedure takes just over one hour. The procedure begins with a preparation period followed by one hour of bleaching. A five-minute fluoride treatment completes the procedure.  We recommend a cleaning prior to the actual Sapphire whitening session.

How Long Does Sapphire Take-Home Whitening Take?

The Sapphire Take-Home gel is designed to be worn between 3-30 minutes per application. Dr. Britt will advise you on how long you should wear each application. A recent study showed that you can achieve an average improvement of six shades after just three nights of use. Dr. Britt will help you determine how many applications are right for you.

How Is The Sapphire Take-Home System Different From The Sapphire In-Office System?

The main difference between the two systems is that you use the Sapphire Take-Home System in the convenience of your own home over a few nights. The Sapphire In-Office System is performed entirely in the office.