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 should be done after bleaching so they will match the newly bleached teeth.
Tooth whitening is not permanent. A touch-up may be needed every several years, or more often if you smoke, drink coffee, tea, or wine.
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 (this depends on the concentration of whitening agent) for a couple of weeks depending on the desired level of whitening. You may experience tooth sensitivity during the time you are whitening your teeth, but it will subside shortly after you have stopped bleaching.
Bleaching can also be achieved with a Bleaching Pen that applies solution to teeth for only thirty seconds a day without the use of trays. We will be happy to help you decide which procedure would be best for you.