Bleaching or teeth whitening is an easy, non-invasive way to improve the appearance of your teeth and enhance your smile.
Bleaching can be accomplished in many different ways. The most common application of this procedure involves bleaching trays. Impressions of the upper and lower teeth are made and poured up in dental stone. The custom trays are then fabricated in the office.
At the following appointment trays are tried in, and delivered along with the take-home kit. It is recommended that you only bleach your teeth 1 hour at a time and only once a day. This allows for the enamel to maintain it’s integrity and decreases any potential sensitivity.
If sensitivity does arise, you can bleach once every few days or try a lower concentration of the whitening agent. The shade that the enamel of the teeth ultimately attains is different for every patient. It is not permanent and eventually the teeth will return to their natural shade.
Staining secondary to smoking, and coffee,tea, or red wine consumption can accelerate the teeth’s return to their natural shade.
Periodic touch-ups will be needed to keep the teeth at the desired new shade. Any dental restorations, composite and/or porcelain will not be affected by the bleaching agent thus will not change shade. If desired these restorations can be replaced once the new shade is attained.