Having a beautiful smile may be even easier than you think. Many people achieve the look they’ve been dreaming of with our simple “bleaching” procedure.
What are the details of teeth whitening?
It’s safe, quick, and inexpensive. Just let us know at any appointment if you would like to whiten your teeth. You can lighten only your upper teeth or both the upper and lower, depending on how much you show when you talk and smile.
In only a day or two your custom bleach splints will be ready for you to pick up. We provide you with a special bleaching agent that you put into the clear splints. With only a few hours of wear per day, our special bleaching agent bubbles stains right out of your enamel in a very short time without altering tooth structure or existing dental work in any way. When your teeth reach the desired brightness, only occasional treatment is needed to maintain your new smile. We’ll want to take “after” photos at your next appointment.
Dental bleaching can be used to correct tooth discoloration. Discolorations can be caused by staining, aging, or chemical damage to teeth. Using the latest in bleaching technology, we can offer a safe method for creating a beautiful “brilliant” smile. In cases of extreme tooth discoloration, crowns or veneers may be the only choice, but because of the low cost of bleaching treatments, bleaching is nearly always worth a solid try.
How is teeth whitening done?
Key Benefits of Teeth Whitening
- Corrects brown, yellow and spotted tooth staining
- Works on people of any age
- Is a near-permanent solution for a “dull” smile, restoring brightness and brings a smile alive
In Office Bleaching: This method of bleaching is done in the office and takes about an hour to an hour and a half. A protective agent is placed on the gums and then the bleaching solution is applied to the teeth. Several applications are done to get the maximum whiteness. Lastly, we take impressions of your teeth to make bleaching trays for you to use at home. It is important to bleach for 30-45 minutes a night for several days after the in-office bleaching to get the best results. In Office Bleaching with take home bleaching trays is the fastest way to bleach but also more expensive than At Home Bleaching. However, in some cases, the change is nothing short of brilliant!
At Home Bleaching: An impression is taken to make a specialized “mouthguard” or “tray” to hold the bleach against the teeth. The material is used each night for about one hour for a week or two, and at the end of this time, significant whitening will occur. For confidence in appearance, bleaching technology allows us to promise improvements in yellowing, aging or stained teeth.
Considerations for Teeth Whitening
Over-the-counter bleaching agents are available for purchase at drug stores and pharmacies. However, since these products can cause harm to the gums and teeth, it’s safer to use products that our practice recommends.