Teeth Whitening

Teeth whitening – also called bleaching- is a procedure that brightens teeth that are discolored or stained. There are two ways to whiten your teeth –Crest White Strips or Opalescence home bleaching system.

Crest White Strips are available over the counter. Find the box with Advanced Seal. The strips look like tape that has a bleaching agent on it that when placed in contact with the teeth begin the whitening process. These work well with straight teeth and teeth that do not need a lot of whitening and may be less of an initial expense.

Opalescence home bleaching system is a precise whitening treatment that has a better outcome than the strips. Custom trays are made to fit your teeth exactly from molds we make of your teeth. This will allow the right amount of bleaching gel to rest on your teeth. We have 3 different percentages of gel to fit your needs. Most trays are worn for 30 minutes everyday for 2 weeks. The initial expense is in the fabrication of your trays and first 2 weeks of whitening. The cost is lower to purchase future gel to boost the effects than Crest White Strips.

Is it safe? Yes. Whitening has been proven safe in clinical studies over a period of many years. The primary ingredient in Opalescence is carbamide peroxide. Carbamide peroxide is broken down and oxygen enters the enamel and dentin. This bleaches out the discolored areas. The structure of the tooth is not changed. The color is simply made lighter.

Are there any side effects? There are a small number of people that could experience increased sensitivity to hot or cold during the process. This is temporary and can be treated with fluoride or sensitive toothpaste. The sensitivity normally goes away within the first 48 hours after whitening process is complete.

How long does it last? The duration of your results depends largely on you. With good oral hygiene your results will last longer. The more staining substances like coffee, tobacco and red wine you consume the sooner you may need to whiten for a couple of days. Most patients will boost once a year after a dental cleaning.

Tooth Whitening Example 1

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Before and After photos above.

Tooth Whitening Example 2

Tooth Whitening Before PhotoTooth Whitening After Photo

Before and After photos above.