Brightening the smile with teeth bleaching is a non-invasive, simple, and affordable way to brighten and add brilliance to the natural smile. It provides dramatic enhancement for patients who are struggling with discoloration and staining.
Whiter teeth is one of the most popular aesthetic concerns for our patients. There are many ways to whiten the teeth. Some patients prefer the use of at-home whitening kits while others depend on in-office power bleaching. Whitening of the teeth only works effectively on natural tooth enamel, so patients with fillings, crowns, and other restorations may want to consider replacement if they are serious about keeping their brilliant new smile intact.
Teeth whitening is not a permanent treatment. Patients may still require touch-ups every few years, especially for patients who enjoy tooth-staining habits such as smoking, drinking wine and tea, or enjoying coffee.
Reasons why patients may consider teeth whitening:
* Excessive fluoridation while the teeth have developed
* Wearing of the outer layer of tooth enamel
* Staining caused by medications such as tetracycline
* Brown, yellow stained teeth
What can you expect from a teeth whitening procedure? Our practice focuses on take-home whitening kits. These require two visits to our office. The first visit is when molds are made of the teeth to create a whitening tray that precisely fits your smile. During the second visit, the trays are checked for fit and adjustments are made if needed. Patients are given special whitening solutions that can be used in the trays twice a day for 30 minutes or overnight over the course of several weeks depending on the level of whitening patients desire. It is normal for patients to experience sensitivity while whitening the teeth, but this subsides after the bleaching process has ended.