Gallery - Cosmetic
Dentistry - Tooth
Tooth 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.
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.
Tooth whitening is not permanent. A touch-up maybe
needed every several years, and more often if you
smoke, drink coffee, tea, or wine.
There are two ways patients can choose to bleach
their teeth: home or office bleaching. Home bleaching
involves the fabrication of plastic mouthpieces that
look like protective sport mouth guards. The patient
then must wear these mouthpieces with a hydrogen peroxide
based bleach for two to four hours a day for four
to eight days.
Office bleaching is much simpler for patients though
a little more expensive. Patients typically come in
for one thirty to forty-five minute appointments depending
upon the amount of color change desired. There are
no shots or drilling. Patients will commonly relax
to watching TV and listening to music during the procedure.
Color changes are readily apparent after the first
visit. We nearly always use this technique in our
office because of the fabulous results and patient
convenience. We've been doing this procedure for several
years and have found it to be both safe and effective.
Only natural tooth structure responds to bleaching.
Fillings and porcelain will NOT bleach. Patients need
to consider this before bleaching because significantly
whiter teeth may cause your old porcelain and/or bonding
to look fairly yellow.