Teeth whitening (or bleaching) is a simple, non-invasive dental treatment used to change the color of natural tooth enamel and is an ideal way to enhance the beauty of your smile.
Because having whiter teeth has now become the number one aesthetic concern of most patients, there are a number of ways to whiten teeth. The most popular method is using a home teeth whitening system that will whiten teeth dramatically. Since teeth whitening only works on natural tooth enamel, it is important to evaluate replacement of any old fillings, crowns, etc. 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 smoke, drink coffee, tea, or wine.
Reasons for teeth whitening:
Fluorosis (excessive fluoridation during tooth development)
Normal wear of outer tooth layer
Stained teeth due to medications (tetracycline, etc.)
Yellow, brown stained teeth
What does teeth whitening involve?
This type of teeth whitening usually requires two visits. At the first appointment, impressions (molds) will be made of your teeth to fabricate custom, clear plastic, trays.
At your second appointment, twenty minutes of powerful Quick Start Treatment is done chairside. Then a custom made beaching trays with the opalescence bleaching gels are given to you. One week of 1-2 hrs of treatment at home will brighten your teeth. The longer you wear it the better the result. It is normal to experience some teeth sensitivity during the time you are whitening your teeth, but it will subside shortly after you have stopped bleaching. If the sensitivity is severe you must stop wearing the tray and call the office.
You will receive care instructions for your teeth and trays, and be encouraged to visit our office regularly to help maintain a beautiful, healthy, white smile.
If Whitening does not get the result you wanted, porcelain veneers such as Lumineers are choice for getting your teeth whiter and or brighter.