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Cosmetic Dentistry

Teeth Whitening

Tooth whitening (or bleaching) is a simple, non-invasive dental treatment used to change the color of natural tooth enamel and is an ideal way to enhance the beauty of your smile. Having whiter teeth has now become the number one aesthetic concern of most patients, there are a number of ways to whiten teeth. We offer two different whitening systems here. The first system relies on a set of custom trays designed to the specifications of your mouth. These trays are reusable, and may be used for future "touch-up kits". You are also given a set of special syringes containing a flowable gel. The gel is placed on the interior of the trays, which are then inserted in your mouth. The second system we use here isn't as precise, but it is slightly less expensive. This system uses trays as well, however these are disposable (single-use). Simply mold these soft, silicone trays to your teeth

IMPORTANT: Since teeth whitening only works on natural tooth enamel, it is important to evaluate replacement of any old fillings, crowns, etc. Replacement of any restorations will be done after bleaching so they will match the newly bleached teeth.

 

This is our advanced teeth whitening system, Poladay/Polanight. This is an in-office system that relies on a set of custom trays designed to the specifications of your mouth. These trays are reusable, and may be used for future "touch-up kits". You are also given a set of special syringes containing a flowable gel. The gel is placed on the interior of the trays, which are then inserted in your mouth. This type of tooth whitening usually requires two visits: 

1) At your first appointment, impressions (molds) will be made of your teeth to fabricate custom, clear plastic, trays.

 

2) At your second appointment, you will try on the trays for proper fit, and adjustments will be made if necessary.  The trays are worn with special whitening solution either twice a day for 30 minutes, or overnight for a couple of weeks (depending on the degree of staining and desired level of whitening.) . It is normal to experience tooth sensitivity during the time you are whitening your teeth, but it will subside shortly after you have stopped bleaching. You will receive care instructions for your teeth and trays, and be encouraged to visit your dentist regularly to help maintain a beautiful, healthy, white smile.

Reasons for tooth whitening:
  • Fluorosis (excessive fluoridation during tooth development).

  • Normal wear of outer tooth layer.

  • Stained teeth due to medications (tetracycline, etc.).

  • Yellow, brown stained teeth.

Tooth whitening is not permanent. A touch-up maybe needed every several years, and more often if you smoke, drink coffee, tea, or wine.