In-Office Tooth Whitening, Home Whitening
Tooth whitening (or bleaching) is a very simple, non-invasive dental treatment used to change the color of natural tooth enamel and is an ideal and easy way to enhance the beauty of your smile.
Having whiter teeth has now become the number one aesthetic concern for 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.
Professional tooth whitening & pre-whitening evaluation
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.
The home whitening system allows patients to keep the trays for life and periodically purchase inexpensive refill syringes when they would like to retouch their teeth.
We also offer patients a more convenient way to whiten your teeth, if you are not interested in overnight use of trays.
We offer in-office whitening, this is recommended when a patient only wants to lighten their teeth once. Your teeth can be lightened a few shades and this technique is less expensive, but can not offer any touch ups.
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
Tooth whitening is not permanent. A touch-up maybe needed every several years, and more often if you smoke, drink coffee, tea, or wine.
What is involved when I whiten my teeth at home?
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 overnight depending on the percentage of whitening solution used, 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.
What is involved when I whiten my teeth in-office?
If you choose to do in office whitening, the gingival area (gums) will be coated with a material that will not allow the solution to touch the gums.
The material is placed on the teeth for intervals of 20 minutes, rinsed, and then reapplied 3 times. Patients may experience some sensitivity but none too great to stop the procedure.
You can watch TV as a dental assistant sits with you to ensure your comfort.
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.