Teeth whitening (or bleaching) is a simple, non-invasive treatment used to change the color of natural tooth enamel and enhance the beauty of your smile. Lately having whiter teeth has become the number one aesthetic concern of most patients. Since teeth 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.
Teeth whitening is not permanent. A touch-up may be needed every several years, and more often if you smoke, drink coffee, tea, or wine. What does whitening involve?
The type of teeth whitening our office offers 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 for a couple of weeks depending on the desired level of whitening. It is normal to experience tooth and gum sensitivity while whitening your teeth, but it will subside shortly after you have stopped bleaching.
We will provide you with care instructions for your teeth and trays, and encourage you to visit regularly to help maintain a beautiful, healthy, white smile.