Teeth Whitening

Teeth Whitening Bar

What is teeth whitening?

Teeth whitening is a large part of cosmetic dentistry. The teeth whitening process eliminates discoloration and stains on the teeth, and can also brighten the natural pigmentation of the teeth. The degree of improvement will depend upon how severely the teeth are stained or discolored as well as the nature of the stains. When teeth are brown or yellow due to coffee, tea, or smoking, stains will generally lighten.Teeth that are gray due to natural pigmentation or antibiotic use will whiten slower and may require several treatments. Your teeth will be noticeably brighter after teeth whitening. While there are a number of over-the-counter teeth whitening methods that make various claims, we will recommend you the most effective teeth whitening treatment.

What options do I have for whitening?

The most effective teeth whitening techniques available today are in-office teeth whitening and at-home teeth whitening with either custom-fit trays or pre-formed trays. These teeth whitening techniques are best performed under supervision to ensure the safest results.

What does in-office whitening involve?

In-office teeth whitening methods are performed with a whitening gel. This is a good method of teeth whitening for sensitive teeth, as the process may be closely monitored by our staff. The teeth are carefully isolated from the lips, cheeks, and gums, and then the whitening gel is applied to the teeth. We use Opalescence Xtra Boost with Sensitivity Protection (35% solution) by Ultradent for the in-office teeth whitening and is considered one of the top brands of in-office or laser whitening. We also are featuring a new product, Quick White, a 47% solution, by Ultradent. This process is shorter and can be used alone or in conjunction with Xtra Boost. It can also be used to maintain already whitened teeth.

What is at-home whitening?

There are several choices for at-home teeth whitening. We take molds (imprints or impressions) of your teeth and fabricate custom trays for you to take home to complete the teeth whitening process. We recommend Discuss Dental’s Nite White 22% solution. It is a 3 week process that is done at home every day for 1 hour.

The concentration of the whitening gel used in the custom trays can cause sensitivity, primarily to the gums. Because of this, teeth whitening for sensitive teeth may best be performed in-office.

We also recommend the pre-formed teeth whitening kits, Tres White by Ultradent, to assist you in brightening your smile. This product is a 10 day pack that is used for 30-60 minutes of per day. These products can be used for both initial whitening or for maintenance whitening.

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