Teeth 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. The most common types of whitening procedures involve wearing commercially available strips, or the more efficient method using custom made acrylic trays.
Reasons for teeth whitening:
Fluorosis (excessive fluoridation during tooth development).
Normal wear of outer tooth layer.
Stained teeth due to medications (tetracycline, etc.).
Yellow, brown stained teeth.
What does teeth whitening involve?
The custom tray method of teeth whitening usually requires two visits. At the first appointment, impressions (molds) will be made of your teeth to fabricate custom, clear, plastic, trays. The whitening result is not permanent. To maintain optimal whitening effect, a one hour periodic touch-up is necessary every couple of months, and more often if you smoke, drink coffee, tea, or wine.
At your second appointment, the trays will be checked for proper fit, and adjustments will be made if necessary. The trays are worn with special whitening gel for one and a half to three hours per day, four to five days per week, for four to six weeks. Some patients might experience mild tooth sensitivity during the time trays are in place, but symptoms will subside shortly after trays are removed.
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.