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Procedures Cosmetic Dentistry Tooth Whitening

Tooth Whitening

Tooth Whitening

Do you have a big day planned in the near future?  A brighter smile provides a more youthful appearance and can bust yourself confidence.   Teeth whitening can be achieved in a few days or over the course of a couple of weeks.

The most popular method of whitening teeth is an at home tooth whitening kit that will whiten teeth considerably.  Stains on teeth from dark colored fo

od and drinks, tobacco are minor stains and can be easily and quickly removed.  Stains from trauma, exposure to tetracycline, ingestion of fluoride on developing teeth are harder and may require maintaining over time.  Not all teeth are healthy enough for bleaching or whitening.

Since tooth whitening only works on natural tooth enamel, it is recommended that the patient consider whitening teeth prior to replacing or have any restorative procedures (composite fillings, crowns, bridges, implants, etc.  Replacement of any restorations will be done after the desired shade of white is achieved, so they will match the newly whitened teeth.

Tooth whitening is not permanent.  Touch-ups maybe required every couple of years or more often if you use tobacco products, eat a lot of dark colored food, drink red wine, coffee, or tea.

Reasons for tooth whitening:

  • Excessive use of fluoride during tooth development
  • Stains on teeth due to medication
  • Yellow or brown stained teeth

Process

The tooth whitening treatment is a two visit procedure.  The first visit consists of an exam to ensure your teeth are healthy enough for the whitening procedure.  Next the dentist discusses the desired outcome and provides a whitening chart.  Next impressions (mold) are created of your top and bottom teeth to make the custom, clear, whitening trays.

During the second visit, the dentist or hygienist will assist you with trying on the trays to ensure a proper fit.  Any adjustments are made if necessary for a comfortable fit.  A special whitening solution is applied to the trays and placed over your teeth.  Complete instructions are provided with a treatment plan to achieve your goal date.

Some tooth sensitivity is to be expected during the course of the whitening treatments, but it will subside shortly after you have stopped treatment.

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.

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