Tooth Whitening

A wide Hollywood smile is the best accessory you can wear. White, shiny teeth tell the world that you are a healthy and confident person. But what if your teeth are stained and yellow? Years of drinking coffee, tea, and red wine can change the color of teeth to a yellowed hue or cause brown staining around the gumline and between the teeth. A dental hygiene cleaning will remove some discoloration, mainly extrinsic (external) staining, but to change the intrinsic (internal) coloration, a professional whitening procedure can be used to lighten the enamel and dentin.

The procedure is not complicated, but requires several specific steps. First, an impression of your teeth will be taken, and a clear plastic custom tray will be made to fit snugly over the teeth. A special gel with carbamide peroxide will be used in the trays, and worn for an hour per day, for a period of 7-14 days, or until the desired results are achieved. A follow-up appointment will ensure that you are happy with your results. A small touch-up may be needed every 6-12 months to maintain the new color.

Tooth whitening is a safe procedure, but there are several considerations to ensure maximum comfort and results. First, tooth sensitivity is a common temporary side-effect due to the dehydration of the tooth structure that takes place during treatment. This can be reduced by using a sensitivity-reducing toothpaste for several weeks before, during, and after the whitening treatment. Second, it is important to consider other dental needs first. For example, teeth and gums should be in a healthy state prior to starting any whitening procedure. Third, realistic expectations should be discussed before starting a whitening procedure. A natural, clean color should be expected rather than an ultra-bright hue. It is also important to keep in mind that only natural teeth will change color; whereas fillings, crowns, and other materials will not be whitened with the gel application.

Still have questions or concerns? We would love to hear from you! If you are interested in improving your smile with a whitening treatment, please don’t delay. Call our office today!

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