Teeth Whitening

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Teeth whitening (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.
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Having whiter teeth has now become the number one aesthetic concern of most patients. The most popular method is using a home teeth whitening system that will whiten teeth dramatically. Before you begin, it is necessary for us to evaluate any old fillings or crowns for replacement , as teeth whitening only works on natural tooth enamel. Replacement of any restorations will be done after bleaching so they will match the newly bleached teeth.

It is important to remember that teeth whitening is not permanent. A touch-up frequency could be every few years, and more often if you smoke, drink coffee, tea, or wine.

Reasons for teeth whitening:

  • Fluorosis (excessive fluoridation during tooth development).
  • Normal wear of outer tooth layer.
  • Stained teeth due to medications (tetracycline, etc.).
  • Yellow, brown stained teeth.


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What does teeth whitening involve?

This type of teeth whitening usually requires two visits. At the first appointment, impressions will be made of your teeth to fabricate custom plastic trays.

At your second appointment, you will try on the trays for proper fit, and adjustments will be made if necessary. Your dentist will determine the strength of the whitening solution (bleach) based on your dentition and level of sensitivity. Most bleaching is used once or twice a day for 30 minutes 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 written care instructions for your teeth and trays and we also encourage you to use sensitivity toothpaste throughout the process. The best time to begin the bleaching process is immediately after your dental cleaning appointment.

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