Whiter teeth can turn a good smile into a great smile. Regular professional cleanings can help with some staining but there are more whitening options. Things like drinking coffee, tea, cola and red wine or smoking can contribute to staining your teeth. Whitening procedures are now the number one aesthetic concern of most patients and there are now several easy ways to get whiter teeth. Tooth whitening is a simple, non-invasive dental treatment that will brighten the your teeth and create a beautiful smile.
Tooth whitening only works on natural tooth enamel, so it is important to evaluate any old fillings, crowns, and any other dental work that has been previously performed. For example, restorations may need to be replaced after bleaching so they will match the newly bleached teeth. It is also important to note that touch ups may need to be performed over the years, especially if you drink coffee, tea, wine or if you smoke.
What does tooth whitening involve?
Tooth whitening usually requires two visits. At the first appointment, a mold will be made of your teeth and a specialist will create custom trays. At the next appointment, the trays are tested for proper fit and any adjustments will be made. The trays are then taken home and worn with a special whitening solution. The trays can be worn twice a day for 30 minutes, or overnight for a few weeks or until you have reached the desired results. Some people do experience tooth sensitivity during the process, but this should stop after the bleaching process is finished. You will receive after care instructions for your teeth and trays. Regular dentist visits are also recommended.