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.
Because 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.
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What does tooth whitening involve?
This type of tooth 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.
You will receive care instructions for your teeth and trays, and be encouraged to visit your dentist regularly to help maintain a beautiful, healthy, white smile.
Discolored teeth have a way of making patients feel less confident when socializing with people. It tends to make people less likely to go out in public. They also tend to restrain themselves from smiling much in public. They do not want to draw attention to their teeth. If this is you, we are here to help. Let our dental professionals at Jason Widner DMD Family Dentistry perform a teeth whitening procedure to restore brightness to your smile. You never have to worry about your stained teeth again.
What Does Teeth Whitening Mean?
Teeth whitening is also referred to as teeth bleaching. It is a procedure through which our dental team makes your teeth brighter utilizing different techniques. During the whitening procedure, all stains are removed, the results are immediate and impressive. Patients have an instilled sense of confidence when seeing their new, bright smile.
Who Should Conduct a Teeth Whitening Procedure?
Teeth whitening is a branch of dentistry called cosmetic dentistry. Our highly trained team is adept at choosing the best course of treatment depending upon your condition and your desired outcome.
There are over-the-counter teeth whitening options available. However, if they are not used carefully, they can potentially permanently damage the teeth. These at-home remedies can make teeth overly brittle, causing them to chip and crack.
To avoid these circumstances, it is always best to allow our highly trained team the opportunity to evaluate the condition of your teeth and appropriately recommend the best treatment option available. We are here to provide effective teeth whitening procedures to restore the shine of your teeth and your confidence. We utilize the safest methods and tools, thereby minimizing potential risk of permanent damage.
What Is Involved in the Teeth Whitening Process?
There are two ways in which dentists perform teeth whitening. It is either performed manually or through technology. For the manual process, patients need to visit our dental office regularly for up to a month or more for multiple treatments. During the procedure, our team will make a mouthguard for your teeth and show you how to use it with a professionally prepared bleaching gel. The bleaching gel would be applied as prescribed by our office. This process could take up to four weeks or more. However, with the use of newer teeth whitening equipment, called laser whitening, you could be done with the procedure in two hours. To perform laser whitening, we will apply a bleaching product on your teeth, and then place the laser directly on them.
Teeth whitening is essential to anyone who wants to restore brightness to their smile. Whether brought on by wear, diet, or genetics, discoloration of your tooth enamel can be addressed by our staff. In order to make the whitening treatment last, patients are encouraged to minimize smoking and avoid ingesting highly acidic or colored drinks. By doing this, patients can greatly extend the effects of the whitening procedures.
If you would like to find out if teeth whitening can brighten your smile, please feel free to contact the staff at Jason Widner DMD Family Dentistry by either calling or stopping by the office during normal office hours. Our dental team is here to give you the professional teeth whitening process you deserve.