Tooth whitening (or bleaching) is a simple, safe dental treatment used to change the color of tooth enamel and is an ideal way to improve the beauty of your smile.
There are a number of ways to whiten teeth. One way to whiten teeth is to treat the teeth in an office setting. This can be effective, however the amount of office time that it takes to whiten the teeth and the cost associated with that makes office whitening somewhat impractical. The most popular method is using a home tooth whitening system that will whiten teeth dramatically. Since tooth whitening only works on natural tooth enamel, it is important to evaluate whether replacement of any old fillings, crowns, etc. will be necessary. Replacement of any restorations will be done after bleaching so they will match the newly bleached teeth.
Tooth whitening is not permanent. A touch-up maybe needed every several years, and more often if you drink coffee, tea, or wine.
This type of tooth whitening usually requires two visits. At the first appointment, molds will be made of your teeth to fabricate custom, clear plastic, trays.
At your second appointment, you will try on the trays for proper fit, and adjustments will be made if necessary. You will be given a concentrated bleaching gel and instructed how to apply it to the trays. You will wear the trays once or twice a day for 30-60 minutes for up to 3 weeks depending on the degree of staining and desired level of whitening. It is possible to experience tooth sensitivity during the time you are whitening your teeth. If you do experience sensitivity, you should stop wearing the trays for a few days to allow the sensitivity to diminish. You should then be able to resume your bleaching routine.
After the whitening process is completed you will be encouraged to visit us regularly to help maintain a beautiful, healthy, white smile.