Tooth whitening (or bleaching) is a simple, non-invasive dental treatment that is used to change the color of natural tooth enamel. It is an ideal way to enhance the beauty of your smile.
In recent years, having whiter teeth has become the primary aesthetic concern of many patients, and there are a number of ways to whiten teeth. The most popular method is using a home tooth whitening system that will whiten teeth dramatically.
Since tooth 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.
Tooth whitening is not permanent. A touch-up may be needed every several years, and more frequently if you use smokeless tobacco or smoke, or drink coffee, tea, or wine.
This type of 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.