Tooth whitening enhances the brightness of natural teeth.
Our dental office offers tooth whitening to patients that are in need of whitening due to stains on teeth. Before you decide to whiten your teeth, talk to a dentist for an exam to make sure teeth whitening is for you. It may or may not be right for you especially if you have discolored teeth, sensitive teeth, white spots or decay on your teeth, infected gums, a bridge, crown, or other dental work (especially involving front teeth).
Whitened teeth can last about 4-12 months, which depends on the whitening treatment and also your diet. Drinking coffee or tea or eating foods such as blueberries can stain your teeth over time. Help your teeth stay their whitest by practicing regular good oral hygiene.
If your dentist agrees that you are able to whiten your teeth there are two types of whiteners, an over the-counter tooth whitening kit or dentist-supervised treatment. If you choose to use a store-bought over-the-counter whitening kit, the safer option is one that is approved by the American Dental Association. Be sure to carefully follow the directions on its package. Results may vary and they require 7-30 days of consistent use for the full whitening effect.
- Dentist-supervised treatments provide greater tooth whitening results faster than store bought kits. You may choose from an in-office treatment which typically whitens teeth 5-10 shades brighter in only 45 minutes, or the dentist can provide you with a take-home kit.
- The take-home tooth whitening kit from the dentist contains a higher concentration of the whitening agent compared to a store-bought kit. Due to its effectiveness, you will most likely be more satisfied with the results of a dentist-dispensed kit compared to the results of a store-bought kit.
Here's what to expect during your tooth whitening visit, a dentist will thoroughly exam your teeth, gums and supporting bone structure to be sure tooth whitening is right for you. If it is agreed that tooth whitening is a good option you can make your choice of tooth whitening treatment. If you would like the in-office treatment, your dentist will first prepare your mouth by covering your lips and gums so that only your teeth are exposed, then apply the professional-strength whitening gel to your teeth. Next, your teeth will be exposed to a special light for 15 minutes. This increases the penetration of the gel on your teeth as well as the whiteness. The dentist will then reapply the gel and add the light treatment again 2 more times. The total treatment time is 45 minutes. You can watch a movie or listen to music to relax during your treatment.
See if tooth whitening is right for you, call for an office visit today.