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.

Since teeth 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.  Teeth whitening is not permanent.  A touch-up may be needed every several years, and more often if you smoke, drink coffee, tea, or wine.

Reasons for teeth whitening:

  • Fluorosis (excessive fluoridation during tooth development).
  • Normal wear of outer tooth layer.
  • Stained teeth due to medications (tetracycline, etc.).
  • Yellow, brown stained teeth.

Because having whiter teeth has now become the number one aesthetic concern of most patients, there are a number of ways to whiten teeth.  For best results, we provide our patients with two custom tooth-whitening options:

At-Home Whitening 

The most popular method is using a convenient take-home teeth whitening system. This type of teeth 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.

Our whitening kit comes includes the custom whitening trays, syringes of whitening gel, a storage case for the trays.  You will receive care instructions for your teeth and custom trays, and be encouraged to visit our office regularly to help maintain a beautiful, healthy, white smile.

In-office whitening

This procedure is often called chair side bleaching, and usually only requires a single visit.  The gums are protected, a whitening agent is applied to the teeth, and a special light is used to activate the whitening process.  Whitening takes approximately 30 minutes, and progress is continuously monitored during the appointment.