Teeth Whitening

SUMMARY

Who doesn’t love a bright, white smile? We offer multiple options to help you attain those pearly whites. The choices range from at-home bleaching regimens to in-office whitening sessions as well as complete smile makeovers using veneers or crowns.

We would love to be a part of your journey to achieve the smile of your dreams so call our office to schedule a consultation to discuss options that best fit what you want to achieve.

WHITENING FAQs

What causes tooth discoloration?
As we grow older, our adult teeth gradually become darker, mainly due to changes in the mineral structure and composition of teeth. Your teeth can also become stained by eating certain kinds of foods like berries, beets and candy. Certain beverages can also cause tooth discoloration: soda, cola, coffee, tea and red wine. Tobacco products, both cigarettes and chewing tobacco cause tooth discoloration.

Is tooth whitening for you?
Generally, whitening is successful in at least 90 percent of patients, though it may not be an option for everyone. Consider Tooth Whitening if your teeth are darkened from age, beverages or smoking. If you have very sensitive teeth, periodontal disease, or teeth with worn enamel, whitening may be discouraged until these other problems are resolved.

What’s involved in tooth whitening?
First, an examination will determine whether you are a candidate for Tooth Whitening and what type of whitening system will provide the best results for your teeth.

If you’re in a hurry for whiter teeth, you may decide to have your teeth lightened immediately in our office. Our office offers either an in-office whitening procedure while you sit in the dental chair. Many patients alternatively choose dentist-supervised at-home whitening, which is more economical and can provide similar results.

If you choose at-home whitening impressions will be made of your teeth to fabricate whitening tray appliances for you. The trays are custom made it fit your mouth exactly. They are lightweight so that it can be worn comfortably while you are awake or sleeping. The whitening trays are so thin you should even be able to talk and work while wearing your trays. Along with the whitening tray appliances, you’ll receive the whitening gel material and given instructions on how to apply the gel and wear the trays.

Some systems recommend whitening your teeth from two to four hours a day. Generally this type of system requires three to six weeks to complete, and works best on patients with sensitive teeth. Other systems recommend whitening at night while you sleep. This type of system usually requires only 10-14 days.

What results can I expect?
No one can really predict how much lighter your teeth will become. Every case is different, but typically there is a two-shade improvement as seen on a shade guide. The success rate depends upon the type of stain involved and your adherence to the prescribed regimen. Whitening does not lighten artificial materials such as resins, silicants, or porcelains restoration.

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