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 brightness of your smile. There are few different types of whitening.
Reasons for Teeth whitening
Fluorosis (excessive fluoridation during tooth development).
External Professional Whitening
In Office Power Bleaching
➊ Strongest and fastest outcome.
➋ Takes about 1 hour in office.
➌ We use a special gel to block out your gum tissue and sensitive areas of your teeth. We place a mouth retractor, some cotton and gauze to completely protect tissue in the mouth. 30% Hydrogen Peroxide gel is then applied. A special light is used. After a few minutes, the gel is suctioned away, then new gel is applied. This process is repeated about 3-4 times.
➍ The new formulation ensures little to no sensitivity.
Take Home Whitening
➊ Safe to use at home.
➋ Takes about 10-14 days.
➌ We take impressions and fabricate custom trays that fit over your teeth. You will place the given whitening gel (20-35% Carbamide Peroxide or 10% Hydrogen Peroxide) into the tray and wear it about 15-30 minutes a day for 10-14 days.
➍ This is also a great touch up/follow up method to maintain brightness after the in office power bleaching.
Internal Professional Whitening (Walking Bleaching)
➊ This is for teeth that were treated endodontically.
➋ After a root canal therapy is done, the tooth can exhibit a grayish or yellowish color. By placing the whitening gel inside the tooth, we can whiten the tooth inside out and obtain greater success than just performing external whitening alone.
➌ The procedure takes less than 30 minutes, but requires approximately 3 sessions with 2 week intervals for greatest outcome.
Over the Counter Whitening Methods
Because having whiter, straighter teeth have become almost the number one aesthetic concern of most patients, there are many OTC products out there. In addition to whitening toothpastes and mouth rinses, there are specific whitening products made by multiple companies.
OTC whitening strips, paint on brushes, or other types of a lighted mouthpiece used with a gel are easy to obtain and use. Please note that some OTC products may not have FDA approval or even disclose the percentage or contents of their product.
Reputable OTC whitening products are safe to use and will disclose the exact content and percentage of their product. For instance, a popular whitening strip contains 6.5% hydrogen peroxide gel.
If you have any questions or concerns, please consult with us regarding the safety and efficacy of OTC products. Also, please note that since whitening only works on natural tooth enamel, any old fillings or crowns will not change color. Furthermore, teeth whitening is not permanent and a touch-up may be required.