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Teeth Whitening

Teeth whitening is a simple technique that can dramatically improve your smile. This non-invasive procedure can change the color of your tooth enamel and take years off of your appearance.

Ranked among the highest priorities for dental patients, teeth whitening is available in a variety of different formats. Home teeth whitening systems can have outstanding results. If you use such a system, it is important to replace old crowns, filling, etc., because the bleaching agents will only work on natural tooth enamel. This should be done after all bleaching is complete to ensure an even color on all teeth.

Teeth whitening is temporary. It may be several years before a touch-up is needed, but avoiding smoking and beverages like coffee, tea and red wine can extend the life of your teeth whitening.

Why teeth whitening?

  • Fluorosis (white spots from excessive fluoride during childhood).
  • Yellow, brown stained teeth.
  • Normal deterioration of outer tooth layer.
  • Stained teeth due to medications (tetracycline, etc.).

What is the procedure for teeth whitening?

Two visits are usually required for teeth whitening. An impression (mold) is required to create the clear plastic trays will be needed for the whitening solution.

During your second appointment, you will try on the custom trays to ensure a good fit. If necessary, your dentist will make alterations. You will be required to wear the trays with the whitening solution either twice daily for 30 minutes or overnight for a few weeks. This depends on the severity of stains and your desired shade of whitening. Tooth sensitivity is normal during this process, but it will subside once the bleaching process is over.

As with all dental procedures, good habits at home and regular dental visits will contribute to a long-lasting, beautiful white smile.

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