Teeth Whitening

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 months, and more often if you smoke, drink coffee, tea, or wine. 

It is important to seek advice from the dentist prior to beginning a bleaching regime.  Women who are pregnant or lactating should not seek bleaching treatment.

Reasons for teeth whitening:

  • Fluorosis (excessive fluoride intake during tooth development)
  • Discoloration due to the natural aging process
  • Stained teeth due to medications
  • Staining as a result of red wine, coffee, tea, etc.

Types of Teeth Whitening

Custom Whitening Trays

Custom whitening trays are great for patients who like to occasionally have coffee, tea and other foods and drinks that inhibit staining on your teeth.  With the trays, you can use or "touch up" as needed based on your desired level of whitening. 

This type of teeth 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 our prescription strength whitening solution, Pola®, once a day for up to 30 minutes over the course of 4-7 days depending on the degree of staining and desired level of whitening.  It is normal to experience some 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.

In-Office Whitening

Our professional whitening session will send you home with the beautiful, white smile you desire with just one appointment and without the need for days of using custom trays.

At this appointment your hygienist will isolate and dry all of the teeth being treated.  A barrier is placed along the gumline to ensure the whitening solution does not affect or damage the soft tissue.  Our professional strength whitening solution, Pola®, is then applied to your teeth in several applications while the active ingredient is continually lightening the dentin and enamel of the teeth. 

As with any whitening system, the post-treatment results can vary according to the degree of staining and the condition of the teeth.  A consultation with the dentist prior to treatment will provide information as to what kind of results you can anticipate.  If tooth decay or gum disease is an issue, these need to be controlled before the bleaching treatment is performed.

What happens after treatment?

The same external factors that caused the discoloration in the first place can quickly work their way back onto the teeth.  For this reason, the dentist recommends routine check up and cleanings to promptly remove any staining in between visits.

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