Can A Dental Hygienist Do Teeth Whitening? (Hygienist, Assistant, or Nurse)
Professional teeth whitening continues to gain popularity with consumers as self-care and cosmetic enhancements top service requests in modern dental practices. Adding teeth whitening to your list of services can increase patient satisfaction, bring in more referrals, and increase revenue. With over 40 million Americans investing in cosmetic dental services, teeth whitening is a clear choice for any practice looking to elevate its services.
But the key to a successful whitening program is ensuring your staff is fully trained in the procedure itself, plus ways to market services.
Let’s break down the logistics when offering professional teeth whitening to help you run a safe, lucrative cosmetic service.
Can A Dental Assistant Or Nurse Do Teeth Whitening?
Yes! As licensed dental professionals, dental assistants and nurses are qualified to perform teeth whitening services in offices. We understand how important the products you choose for your practice are, which is why our whitening system is FDA-registered and backed by numerous studies. Patients seek your expert opinion on their oral health, so you can feel confident delivering the very best products.
Can A Dental Hygienist Perform Whitening?
Just like dental assistants and nurses, hygienists are also qualified to perform teeth whitening services in offices. To support your team’s training, GLO Pro offers many free tools easily accessible to your staff. These include but are not limited to:
- Motivational Shade Taking Course- Consider integrating this into each hygiene visit. It provides a way to open dialogue about professional whitening comfortably for both you and your patients.
- Online Resources- GLO offers flyers, videos, and testimonials on our website that make featuring our products and promotions easy and convenient.
- Social Media Imagery- In this age of technology, people are looking for the fastest ways to receive information. Keep them in the loop by sharing our products and other resources on your social media platforms. And don’t forget to tag us in your patients' smile transformations, too!
Can Hygienists Get Rid Of Yellow Teeth?
Many patients may notice a difference in their tooth shade after a professional cleaning, but professional whitening treatments are the most effective way to quickly whiten smiles. Hygienists can lead or assist patients in their professional whitening services and can follow up on at-home whitening options and post-treatment care. While regular teeth cleanings can brighten smiles and improve oral health, they aren't a replacement for teeth whitening treatments.
What Can A Dentist Do That A Hygienist Cannot?
While this varies from state to state, most laws allow dental hygienists to practice under the general supervision of a licensed dentist. Services include but are not limited to:
- Oral health assessments
- Removing plaque, tartar, and stains from teeth
- Patient education for at-home hygiene
- Tooth impressions
- Administrative duties
- Teeth whitening
Why Are My Teeth Yellow Even Though I Have Good Dental Hygiene?
Tooth color is a combination of genetics and environmental factors. Yellow teeth in particular can be whitened with GLO Science Professional in-office treatments. This allows dentists and hygienists to create a flawless and brilliant smile, up to 12 shades whiter.
We are often asked whether teeth whitening works on crowns made from porcelain or composite porcelain. While crowns never change color and cannot be whitened, the GLO Science Professional system can ensure the natural tooth color is whitened to match, creating a natural-looking, healthy smile.
Why Is It So Hard To Be A Dental Hygienist?
Deciding on a career as a dental hygienist is both a challenging and rewarding job. A typical day may include taking X-rays, removing plaque and calculus from teeth, and applying fluoride or sealants. Hygienists are also responsible for patient education to teach take-home strategies for better oral health.
Hygienists spend most of their workday on their feet, which can feel daunting to some, while others enjoy not being tied to a desk or computer. It’s a job where no two days are the same! But many hygienists do cite over-booked schedules and lack of support as areas of struggle. That’s why it’s important to choose an office that offers the proper staff training and a positive work environment.
How Long Does It Take For A Hygienist To Clean Teeth?
Most routine cleanings are completed in approximately 15-30 minutes, with the entire appointment taking no longer than 45 minutes from beginning to end. These check-ups are a great time to discuss individual oral health goals and mention the benefits of professional whitening.
Motivational Shade Taking is the best way to build awareness of tooth shade and whitening potential with your patients. GLO Science Pro’s method allows hygienists to help each patient discover their full smile potential, leading to happier patients who take better care of their teeth, seek out more dentistry, and refer more new patients.
Can A Dental Assistant Do Teeth Whitening?
Yes! Teeth whitening is a convenient and effective way to achieve a brighter, whiter smile. Many consumers opt for at-home whitening because of their reduced cost, however, the best results can only be achieved through a dental practice.
Before launching the business, a comprehensive, professional education and training program is essential. It’s wise to get trained and certified so that you can competently practice with yourself, your family, and your friends—and also to make sure it’s something you love.
Once you’re ready to take on “real” clients, we suggest you frame your certificate and hang it up in your place of business. The certificate adds credibility and reassures your customers that your office is proficient with the products and services you offer.
What Is The Role Of A Dental Assistant In A Tooth Whitening In-Office Procedure?
Dental assistants may perform whitening on their own, or they may work alongside a dentist depending on their level of experience. We make it easy to apply our in-office treatment, saving valuable training time and money. GLO Professional has developed a streamlined application with our vials, allowing the user to target gel toward teeth and away from the gum tissue.
Our dual-whitening experience also optimizes contact with less exposure and treatment time, resulting in less pain and sensitivity. There are also no harmful lights or spreading of gel to soft tissue, the cause of zingers and dehydration in other whitening systems.
Can A Dental Nurse Do Whitening?
Just like dental hygienists and assistants, dental nurses can also perform professional teeth whitening as long as they’re fully certified. The support staff will benefit from whitening training to ensure the best results for patients, and it also helps to inform them of marketing strategies so they can discuss these during office visits.
GLO Science Professional’s whitening technology has proven to be the best for modern dental practices. With our in-office and at-home treatment options, patients can experience a pain-free and affordable teeth-whitening experience.