Bleaching

Whitening of the teeth is performed for patients who desire a brighter smile. Tooth whitening can be performed to reduce discoloration and staining, or simply to provide the patient with whiter, brighter teeth.

Overview of Tooth Whitening

Tooth whitening is used to correct discoloration of the teeth by removing the brown and yellow staining. The term "tooth whitening" can refer to a number of techniques to improve the brightness of the patient's teeth. Among them are chemical whitening, mild acid whitening, abrasive teeth brightening and the newest technique, laser tooth whitening.

Teeth Bleaching

Teeth bleaching is chemical process used to lighten the color of the patient's teeth. The procedure can be performed entirely in the cosmetic dentist's office or it can be performed by the patient in their home, using a materials provided by the dentist. The home method is often used because it saves the patient from having to make an office visit for each treatment.

Before the patient embarks on the home tooth whitening regimen, the cosmetic dentist creates a custom mouth tray for the patient. The custom tray is a critical component of the treatment. It ensures that the correct amount of whitening solution is used and that the patient's teeth are properly exposed to the whitening solution. The custom made mouth tray provides for a better fit than a one-size-fits-all mouth tray to help increase the margin of patient safety.

The steps in the home tooth whitening regimen are fairly straightforward. We provide you with the materials and instructions and answer any questions you may have about the routine. We can also provide you with off-site supervision should you have any questions once you've begun.

A home whitening session lasts for one hour, during which time you will have the tray and solution in your mouth. Depending upon your needs and desired results, we may instruct you to keep the tray in your mouth overnight. Typically, you will follow your home teeth whitening regimen for two to three weeks, after which time you will return to our office for a follow-up visit.

How long does tooth whitening last?

Tooth whitening must be maintained. Results can last for many years, depending upon your following our instructions. In most cases, the whitening procedure is very effective and the patient is pleased with the results.