If you’re not happy with the color of your teeth, tooth whitening, or bleaching, may be the non-invasive dental treatment you desire. Since this treatment is very desired by many people, there are many way to whiten teeth, so you can choose which method best suits your needs. The most popular choice is the use of a custom made home tooth whitening system. It is important to note that whitening only work son natural tooth enamel, so an evaluation is necessary to determine the replacement of old filling and crowns. The replacements will be matched to your newly bleached teeth to ensure natural aesthetic.
Please note that the treatment may not be permanent, as smoking and drinking coffee, tea, and wine will dull the white of the teeth, which will make a touch-up necessary. Tooth whitening is ideal to deal with:
- • flourosis: excessive or uneven fluoridation during tooth development
- • normal wear of the outer tooth layer
- • tooth stain due to medications
- • yellow, brown stained, or dull teeth
At home tooth whitening will require two appointments: the first to make impressions, or molds, of your teeth for clear plastic trays. The second appointment is necessary to make sure the trays fit, as well as to educate you on the proper use of your kit. The trays are worn with a special whitening solution either twice a day for thirty minutes or overnight for a couple of weeks, depending on the level of stain and desired level of whitening. Tooth sensitivity is normal during the treatment, but will subside after bleaching is concluded.
Of course, it is important to maintain proper oral hygiene to maintain your beautiful smile, and to visit us regularly.