Teeth Whitening (Bleaching)

Teeth whitening (or bleaching) is a non-invasive dental treatment used to change the color of a natural tooth and is an ideal way to enhance the beauty of your smile.
White teeth have become the number one aesthetic concern of most patients.  The most popular method is using an in office professional whitening combined with an at home tooth whitening system.  Teeth whitening only works on natural tooth enamel making it important to evaluate replacement of any old fillings, crowns, veneers, etc.  Replacement of any restorations will be done 1-2 weeks after bleaching so they will match the freshly whitened teeth.
Teeth whitening is not permanent.  Touch-up whitening may be needed every couple of week/months/years depending on your habits (ex: if you smoke, drink coffee, tea, wine, etc.).

Reasons for teeth whitening:
  • Fluorosis (excessive white areas on teeth)
  • Stained or yellow teeth
What does teeth whitening involve?

Teeth whitening usually requires one visit.  At your appointment we will take an initial shade to compare the shade before and after. A protective barrier is placed over the gums to protect them during the whitening treatment. A mouth retractor is placed to move the lips and cheeks out of the way. The professional strength whitening material is painted on to the teeth and a mouthpiece is placed and runs for 8-minute sessions. Typically patients complete 3 or 4 sessions for the ideal result. Depending on the degree of staining and desired level of whitening a second appointment may be required.  It is normal to experience 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 visit your dentist regularly to help maintain a beautiful, healthy, white smile.