What are the details of teeth whitening?
Dental whitening can be used to correct tooth discoloration caused by staining, aging, or chemical damage to your natural tooth structures. Using the latest in whitening technology, we can offer a safe method for creating a beautiful “brilliant” smile. In cases of extreme tooth discoloration, old or chipping dental bonding or older veneers, new crowns and veneers may be the only choice.
It’s safe, quick, and inexpensive. Just let us know at any appointment if you would like to whiten your teeth. We have a take home product that does not require making any trays or impressions can be taken to make specialized trays to hold the whitening material on the teeth. In only a day or two your custom bleaching trays will be ready for you to pick up. We provide you with a special whitening agent that you put into the trays. We will go over a schedule of how long to wear your trays, and how much whitening to use.
The whitening agent pulls stains out of your enamel in a very short time without altering tooth structure or existing dental work in any way. When your teeth reach the desired brightness, only occasional treatment is needed to maintain your new smile. We’ll want to take “after” photos at your next appointment.
Having a beautiful smile may be even easier than you think. Many people achieve the look they’ve been dreaming of with our simple “whitening” procedure.
How is teeth whitening done?
An impression is taken to make a specialized “mouthguard” or “stent” to hold the bleach against the teeth. The material is used each night for about 3-4 hours for a week or two, and at the end of this time, significant whitening will occur. In some cases, the change is nothing short of brilliant. For confidence in appearance, bleaching technology allows us to promise improvements in yellowing, aging or stained teeth. For very severely stained teeth, crowns or dental veneers may be more appropriate.
Considerations for Teeth Whitening
Over-the-counter bleaching agents are available for purchase at drug stores and pharmacies. However, since these products can cause harm to the gums and teeth, it’s better to use products that our practice recommends.