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Teeth Whitening

Teeth whitening (or bleaching) is a simple, non-invasive dental treatment used to change the color of natural tooth enamel and is an ideal way to enhance the beauty of your smile.

Because having whiter teeth has now become the number one aesthetic concern of most patients, there are a number of ways to whiten teeth.  The most popular method is using a home tooth whitening system that will whiten teeth dramatically.  Since tooth whitening only works on natural tooth enamel, it is important to evaluate replacement of any old fillings, crowns, etc.  Replacement of any restorations will be done after bleaching so they will match the newly bleached teeth.

If time and hassle are a problem, you can have your teeth whitened all in one visit to the dental office.  We use Zoom whitening system that gives dramatic results with minimal side-effects (temporary tooth sensitivity is the most common).  All in-office bleaching cases will receive a take home bleaching maintenance kit to keep your smile white and bright as long as you want.

Tooth whitening is not permanent.  A touch-up maybe needed every several years, and more often if you smoke, drink coffee, tea, or wine.  We provide you with take-home custom fabricated trays so you can touch up your beautiful smile at your leisure.  The cost of the Zoom touch up gel is nominal and should be purchased fresh for maximum effect.  You can even buy a handy bleaching pen for your purse to touch up whenever you want.

What does teeth whitening involve?

The home type of tooth whitening usually requires two visits.  At the first appointment, impressions (molds) will be made of your teeth to fabricate custom, clear plastic, trays.

At your second appointment, you will try on the trays for proper fit, and adjustments will be made if necessary.  The trays are worn with special whitening solution either twice a day for 30 minutes or overnight for a couple of weeks depending on the degree of staining and desired level of whitening.  It is normal to experience tooth sensitivity during the time you are whitening your teeth, but it will subside shortly after you have stopped bleaching.

You will receive care instructions for your teeth and trays, and be encouraged to visit your dentist regularly to help maintain a beautiful, healthy, white smile.

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