Whitening / Teeth Bleaching
Teeth Whitening or Teeth Bleaching is right for people who have healthy teeth and gums and would like a whiter, brighter smile.
Teeth darken because of wear and staining of enamel. The color of your teeth comes from the shade of your enamel. As your enamel wears away from abrasion (brushing) , erosion (acids like soda) and abfraction (grinding), your teeth discolor.
Teeth may stain from the food and drink. Your natural tooth color is genetic, but it is also affected by diet and drugs taken when you were a child. In my office, we use the tray system which we believe is the easiest and most predictable way to control your results. We make thin, flexible mouth guards from impressions. Then have you apply a small amount of whitening gel (carbamide peroxide) to your teeth. The trays hold the gel against your teeth so it doesn’t wash away. You use it as much as you like for 20 to 30-minute intervals.
Usually, 3 to 4 times a day for several days will make your teeth much whiter. Once you are happy with your shade, you can do touch-ups once a week, thereafter. Existing dental work that has porcelain can not be bleached but can be whitened by covering it with Lumineers. Also, whitening teeth can make them sensitive. That is why we like the tray system because you can control the application yourself. Other systems that are done faster in a dental office are prone to make teeth sensitive.
Fluoride, though, can be used and helps desensitize teeth. If you already have sensitive teeth, we prescribe a neutralized, topical fluoride to use before you start the program.