Teeth 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.
Because having whiter teeth has now become the number one aesthetic concern of most patients, there are a number of ways to whiten teeth. The most popular method is using a home teeth whitening system that will whiten teeth dramatically. 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.
Reasons For Teeth 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 Teeth Whitening Involve?
This procedure can be done one of two ways; in-office or take-home. The in-office procedure called Brilliance, takes approximately one hour. It involves whitening gel being placed on your teeth. The gums are covered with a protective layer during the procedure to protect against any damage. A blue light activates the whitening gel and is safely used in 20 minute intervals until satisfying whitening results are achieved.
The take-home whitening kit involves impressions being taken of the patients teeth to create custom, clear, plastic trays. 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. You will receive care instructions for your teeth and trays upon visit.