Teeth Whitening

Having a beautiful smile may be even easier than you think. Many people achieve the look they’ve been dreaming of with our simple “whitening” 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 trays will be ready for you to pick up. We provide you with a special bleaching agent that you put into the clear trays. With only a few hours of wear per day, the special bleaching agent penetrates the enamel and lightens the shade of the underlying dentin 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 ever needed to maintain your new smile. We’ll want to take “after” photos at your next appointment.

Dental whitening can be used to correct tooth discoloration. Discolorations can be caused by staining, aging, or chemical damage to teeth. Using the latest in whitening technology, we offer a safe method for creating a beautiful “brilliant” smile. In cases of extreme tooth discoloration, however, crowns or veneers may be the only choice, but because of the low cost of whitening treatments, teeth whitening is nearly always worth an initial 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

An impression is taken to make a specialized tray or “stent” to hold the bleaching against the teeth.  This custom tray is the key to rapid and effective bleaching of teeth.  The material is used each night for about 3-4 hours for a week or so, and at the end of this time, significant whitening will occur. In most cases, the change is nothing short of brilliant and occurs within the first few days. For confidence in appearance, bleaching technology allows us to promise improvements to yellowing, aging or stained teeth. For very severely stained teeth, crowns or dental veneers may be more appropriate.

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 take significantly longer to achieve desired results, it’s better to use products that our practice recommends.