One of the most common desires patients have is whiter teeth. When considering your options it is important to consult us to make sure you have all the facts and understand how they may affect your teeth and mouth and which bleaching delivery system will best fit your needs.
Many people think the discoloring of teeth is due to plaque or buildup. Yet, a variety of factors can affect the color of your teeth including food, tea, coffee, tobacco, age, and medications. Understanding what is causing the discoloration is important to properly whitening your teeth.
Bleach does not work on all teeth, so it is necessary to consult us before any treatment. Whitening will not be effective on veneers, crowns (caps), white or silver fillings or if the color is caused by medications or injury.
Whitening toothpastes and mouthwashes are not effective in changing the true color of your teeth, they only remove stains on the surface of your teeth. To truly whiten your natural tooth color, we recommend using bleaching trays at home. When you bleach at home, YOU are in the driver’s seat and decide just how white you want to go. Most bleaching can be completed within 5-10 applications.
Teeth whitening products use either UV light in-office treatments which can weaken and dehydrate the tooth structure, OR topical bleaches that are safe and effective (either hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide) that placed in Trays. These topical bleaches break stains into smaller pieces, making them harder to see so your teeth are brighter. We prefer to offer a take home remedy to use at your own convenience.