Teeth Whitening

Teeth Whitening

Tooth 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 tooth whitening system that will whiten teeth dramatically.  Since tooth whitening only works on natural tooth enamel, it is important to evaluate replacement of any old fillings or restorations.  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 tooth whitening:

  • Yellow or brown stained teeth.
  • Discolored (grey or black) colored teeth because of some medications taken during tooth development (tetracycline).
  • Fluorosis (white or brown spots that occur during tooth development due to excessive amounts of fluoride).
  • Normal wear of enamel (outer tooth layer).

What does tooth whitening involve?

Tooth whitening usually requires two dental visits.  At the first appointment, impressions (molds) will be made of your teeth to fabricate custom, clear plastic, trays.

At your second appointment, the trays will be checked for proper fit and adjustments will be made if necessary.  Detailed instructions will be given about the use of the bleaching material and how to load the trays.  The trays are worn with special whitening solution for 45 minutes each day for a few weeks or longer, depending on the degree of staining and level of whitening that is desired.  It is normal to experience tooth sensitivity during the time you are whitening your teeth, the sensitivity will subside shortly after you have stopped bleaching.

If your teeth are looking dull, or you are ready to rid yourself of the discoloration that has plagued your smile for too long, contact us today for a consultation to get the beautiful, healthy, white smile you have always wanted.