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, 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 tooth 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 tooth whitening involve?
This type of tooth 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, you will try on the trays for proper fit, and adjustments will be made if necessary. The trays are worn with special whitening solution either twice a day for 30 minutes or overnight for a couple of weeks depending on the degree of staining and desired level of whitening. It is normal to experience tooth sensitivity during the time you are whitening your teeth, but it will subside shortly after you have stopped bleaching. However newer materials, such as the NiteWhite that we use, have reduced hypersensitiviy by incorporating ACP in the formulation.
You will receive care instructions for your teeth and trays, and be encouraged to visit your dentist regularly to help maintain a beautiful, healthy, white smile.
In Office Laser Whitening
Our laser whitening procedure only takes 20 minutes making the teeth whitening process even more convenient. This saves our customers time, so they can treat their smile to a fresh whitened shine without losing much time from work.
The process is quick and simple beginning with a hydrogen peroxide-based whitening gel that is lightly applied to the teeth and then activated by the laser. Our team can adjust the settings on the laser to accommodate for more sensitive teeth ensuring your experience is comfortable.
Results are noticeable immediately after the procedure even for teeth that have been darkened by, but not limited to, some of the following common examples:
- Red Wine
- Certain foods
If you'd like to learn more about laser whitening please feel free to reach out to our team.