Has anyone ever complimented your smile? Has anyone ever commented that your teeth look yellow or patchy? Do you want to look your best for an upcoming event? Try professional whitening and your beautiful, attractive smile will get noticed!
Tooth whitening (or bleaching) is a simple, non-invasive dental treatment used to change the color of natural tooth enamel and is an ideal way to enhance the beauty of your smile.
What are the options?
Because having whiter teeth has now become the number one aesthetic concern of most patients, there are a number of ways to whiten teeth.
1.) In-office professionally applied whitening is a 2 hour procedure in which we apply bleach to the teeth in 20 minute increments up to 3 times.
2.) Home-applied professional strength whitening gel which is applied to your teeth in custom made trays for only 3 minutes per day for 2 weeks. This can be repeated every 6 months for your lifetime!
3.) Double-whitening Combo Package includes in office whitening and home-applied whitening gel
4.) Remineralizing Package includes home-applied whitening gel with custom trays, Minimally-Invasive toothpaste and 3 in-office sessions of Minimally-Invasive toothpaste microabrasion to get rid of white spots on your teeth.
The most popular method is using a home tooth whitening system that will whiten teeth dramatically. The home system can be jump-started by an inoffice whitening session to speed the process. Since tooth whitening works only on natural tooth enamel, it is important to evaluate replacement of any old fillings that are discolored.
The results attained by professional teeth whitening need to be maintained. A kit of extra take-home gel is available to touch up the whitening every several months, and more often if you smoke, or drink coffee, tea, or wine.
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.
What does tooth whitening involve?
Take-home professional strength 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 either twice a day for 30 minutes or overnight for a couple of weeks depending on the degree of staining 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.
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.