Did you know that having whiter teeth has now become the number one aesthetic concern of most patients? Fortunately, tooth whitening, or bleaching, is an ideal way to brighten your smile using a straight-forward, non-invasive dental treatment. Modern dental technology has developed a simple and highly effective home-based whitening system. Since the system only works on natural tooth enamel, your dentist will be sure to perform any other necessary restoration procedures after the tooth bleaching process is complete so those treatments can be designed to match the coloration of the newly-whitened teeth.
What can this procedure repair?
- Discoloration caused by Fluorosis (excessive fluoridation during tooth development)
- Normal wear of the outer tooth layer
- Stained teeth due to medications (tetracycline, etc.)
- Yellow and brown stains on teeth
How is the procedure done?
This procedure generally requires two office visits. At the first appointment, the dentist will create molds of your teeth that will be used to fabricate custom, clear plastic trays. Once the trays are ready, you will be asked to return so the dentist can check for a proper fit and make any necessary adjustments. The patient may then choose to wear the trays either twice a day for thirty minutes, or overnight. The entire process takes about two weeks depending on the degree of staining and the desired level of whitening.
What kind of follow up care should I expect?
The dentist will clearly explain the procedure and give care instructions for both your teeth and the whitening trays. Many patients experience tooth sensitivity during the whitening process, but it passes quickly once the treatment period is complete. The effect is not permanent, so a touch-up may be necessary every few years, particularly if you smoke, or drink coffee, tea, or wine. Naturally, brushing, flossing, and regular dental visits will help maintain the beauty of your smile.