Tooth whitening is a simple treatment used to change the color of natural tooth enamel and is an ideal way to enhance and ensure the beauty of your smile.
Whiter teeth have now become the number one aesthetic concern of patients. Home whitening systems have become the most popular way of dramatically whitening smiles. Because tooth whitening only works on natural tooth enamel, it is important to replace any old fillings, crowns, etc.
Tooth whitening is not permanent. A touch-up maybe needed every few years, especially if you smoke, drink coffee, tea or wine.
Tooth whitening is used for:
- Normal staining of the outer tooth layer
- Stained teeth due to medications and other daily habits
Traditional tooth whitening usually requires two visits. At the first appointment, impressions will be made of your teeth to fabricate custom clear plastic whitening trays.
You will try on the trays for proper fit at your second appointment and adjustments will be made if necessary. The trays are worn with a special whitening solution for a period of time 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 after you have stopped bleaching it should subside.
You can expect to have a little of the color return from the time you stop whitening. Therefore, it is best to whiten for a week or two beyond your desired color to account for this small amount of color that will return.
You will be provided care instructions for your teeth and trays, and you will be encouraged to visit your dentist regularly to help maintain a beautiful, healthy, white smile.