Teeth whitening or bleaching is a simple, non-invasive dental treatment used to
dramatically change the color of natural tooth enamel. It 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 two most popular and effective
methods involve a tooth whitening system that can either be used at home for several days or in our office for about one hour.
Since whitening only works on natural enamel, it is important to evaluate
replacement of any old fillings and or crowns. Replacement of any restorations will
be done after bleaching so they will match your newly bleached teeth.
Teeth 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
Teeth whitening take home procedure:
The take home teeth whitening procedure includes prefabricated trays. Fluoride is usually prescribed
to prevent any sensitivity.
The trays are worn with a special whitening gel. Most patients will do two 30 minutes sessions for
several days, depending on the degree of staining and desired level of whitening. Occasionally some
patients experience some tooth sensitivity during whitening. Any sensitivity will subside shortly after
You will receive home care instructions for your teeth and trays, and be encouraged to visit your
dentist regularly to help maintain a beautiful, healthy, white smile.
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