is Tooth Whitening?
Tooth Whitening is actually a mild bleaching process that
restores stained or discolored teeth
to a healthy, natural color. Don't be misled by unproven and
ineffective over-the-counter whitening solutions. Our office
uses an advanced procedure that is only available from your
What Causes Tooth Discoloration?
Teeth become discolored for different reasons:
- Frequently drinking coffee, tea, or colas.
- Some antibiotics may darken developing teeth in children.
- Aging - The dentin underneath the enamel of a tooth gradually
darkens with age.
- Use of tobacco products.
- Accidents - If a tooth has
been traumatized, sometimes the nerve will gradually "die,"
and the tooth becomes dark.
- After Root Canal Therapy,
a tooth will generally darken.
Is Whitening Safe?
Whitening is very safe. We use a product that
has been proven safe when used under the direction of a dentist.
Is Whitening For Me?
will evaluate your teeth and smile to determine whether whitening
is right for you. In some cases a different cosmetic procedure
may better meet your expectations, but whitening is a safe,
fast and easy process that is effective for almost everyone!
What Is The Whitening Process?
||First, we will make impressions of your
teeth so that our lab can create custom whitening trays
to fit your mouth. These trays will guide the whitening
agent to the areas of your teeth that need to be whitened.
We will record the current color of your teeth to help
you monitor your progress.
||Next, we will fit your custom trays in your
mouth to ensure they feel comfortable. We will instruct
you on how to apply the whitening agent to your trays
and how to insert them into your mouth. You will take
the custom trays and whitening agent home with you. Most
patients wear the whitening trays at night while they
sleep, but they may be worn during the day since the clear,
custom-fitted trays are barely visible and do not interfere
with your ability to speak.
When Will I See Results?
||Immediately! Most patients see results after
the first night. It will typically take from 2 to 6 weeks
to restore your teeth to a beautiful white. The time it
will take depends on the original color of your teeth,
how discolored they were, and how frequently the treatment
How Long Will The Results Last?
The effects typically last several years. Many
patients choose to "touch-up" their teeth every
6 to 12 months by applying the treatment for 1 or 2 nights.
"Touch-ups" are especially useful for patients that
drink beverages that stain teeth, like coffee, tea, and colas.
Are There Any Side-Effects?
Some patients may experience heightened tooth
sensitivity to cold, or mild
tooth or gum sensitivity during treatment, but these symptoms
are only temporary and disappear within a few days.