Teeth Whitening is actually a mild whitening process
that restores stained or discolored
teeth to a healthy, natural color. Don't be misled
by unproven and ineffective over-the-counter whitening
solutions. Our office uses an advanced procedure that
is only available from your dentist.
What Causes Tooth Discoloration?
Teeth become discolored for different reasons:
Drinking coffee, tea, or colas.
Some antibiotics may darken developing teeth in
Aging - The dentin underneath the enamel of a tooth
gradually darkens with age.
Use of tobacco products.
Accidents - If a tooth
has been traumatized, sometimes the nerve will gradually
"die", and the tooth becomes dark.
Whitening is very safe. We use a product
that has been proven safe when used under the direction
of a dentist.
Is Whitening For Me?
will evaluate your teeth and smile to determine whether
whitening is right for you. In some cases a different
cosmetic procedure may better
meet your expectations, but whitening is a safe, fast
and easy process that is effective for almost everyone!
We Give You Choices!
For In-Office whitening, we utilize the
advanced LumaLite light-activated process. We
also offer Life Like, Natural Elegance, and Day/White®
take-home whitening that can be used instead of, or
in conjunction with, in-office whitening.
What Is The At-Home Whitening Process?
we will make impressions of your teeth so that our lab
can create custom whitening trays to fit your mouth.
These trays will guide the whitening agent to the areas
of your teeth that need to be bleached. We will record
the current color of your teeth to help you monitor
we will fit your custom trays in your mouth to ensure
they feel comfortable. We will instruct you on how to
apply the whitening agent to your trays and how to insert
them into your mouth. You will take the custom trays
and whitening agent home with you. Usually patients
wear the whitening trays for 2 - 3 hours in the evening,
but they may be worn during the day since the clear,
custom-fitted trays are barely visible and do not interfere
with your ability to speak. In cases where we are able
to use the newer whitening products, you will only have
wear the whitening trays for 20-30 minutes once or twice
a day and for only 7-10 days.
When Will I See Results?
Most patients see results after the first night. It
will typically take from 2 to 6 weeks to restore your
teeth to a beautiful white. The time it will take depends
on the original color of your teeth, how discolored
they were, and how frequently the treatment is applied.
How Long Will The Results Last?
The effects typically last several years.
Many patients choose to "touch-up" their teeth
every 6 to 12 months by applying the treatment once
or twice. "Touch-ups" are especially useful
for patients that drink beverages that stain teeth,
like coffee, tea, and colas.
Are There Any Side-Effects?
Some patients may experience heightened
tooth sensitivity to cold,
or mild tooth or gum sensitivity during treatment, but
these symptoms are only temporary and disappear within
a few days.