Tooth bleaching (or whitening) is an easy, non-invasive safe method used to lighten the shade of natural tooth enamel and is a perfect way to heighten the beauty of your smile.
Since having whiter teeth has now become the #1 cosmetic concern of most patients, there are several ways to whiten teeth. The most common and popular way is using a home tooth whitening kit that will lighten teeth dramatically. Since tooth whitening only works on natural tooth enamel, it is vital to evaluate the condition of any previous crowns, fillings, etc. If replacement restorations are needed they will be placed after bleaching so they will match the newly whitened teeth.
Tooth whitening may not be permanent. A touch-up can be done every year, and more frequently if you drink tea, coffee, wine, or you smoke.
Why should I whiten my teeth?
- Darkened teeth due to previous medications (tetracycline, etc.).
- Fluorosis (excessive fluoridation).
- Brown, yellow stained teeth.
- Normal wear of enamel.
What does tooth bleaching involve?
The home tooth whitening normally involves 2 visits. At the 1st visit, molds (impressions), will be made of your teeth to make clear, custom, plastic trays.
At the 2nd visit, the trays will be tried in for proper fit, and any adjustments will be made. The trays are worn with unique whitening gel either 2 times a day for 30 minutes or overnight for several weeks according to the amount of staining and anticipated level of whitening. It is normal to observe tooth sensitivity at the time you are whitening your teeth, but it will improve briefly after you have discontinued bleaching.
Dr. Braithwaite and his staff will give care instructions for your trays and teeth, and be encouraged to visit our office regularly to help maintain a healthy, beautiful, white smile.