If you’re not happy with the color of your teeth, tooth whitening, or bleaching, may be the non-invasive dental treatment you desire. The most popular choice is the use of custom trays that can be used at home to whiten your teeth. Another option is to have whitening done in the office, which offers instant results in less than an hour. It is important to note that whitening only works on natural tooth enamel, so an evaluation is necessary to determine if existing fillings or crowns will need to be replaced to obtain a whiter smile. The replacements will be matched to your newly bleached teeth to ensure natural esthetics.
Please note that the treatment may not be permanent, as smoking and drinking coffee, tea, and wine will dull the white of the teeth, which will make a touch-up necessary. Tooth whitening is ideal to deal with:
At home tooth whitening will require two appointments: the first to make impressions, or molds, of your teeth for clear plastic custom trays. The second appointment is necessary to make sure the trays fit, as well as to educate you on the proper use of your kit. The trays are worn with a special whitening solution either twice a day for thirty minutes or overnight for a couple of weeks, depending on the level of stain and desired level of whitening. Tooth sensitivity is normal during the treatment, but will subside after bleaching is concluded.