Tooth Whitening Procedures

No teeth are perfectly white. But discolored teeth can be lightened to reach a natural tooth shade.


Depending on personal habits, such as smoking and drinking coffee or tea, teeth whitening procedures typically produce a desirable, often dramatic result that lasts many years. Whitening may be done alone, or integrated into an overall aesthetic treatment plan.


One-Hour Whitening


There is a technique that can whiten teeth in about one hour. It’s simple, effective, safe, comfortable and guaranteed. In the time it takes to get a haircut, years of staining from coffee, cigarettes and red wine are erased. It’s almost magical!


Treatment is performed and supervised by licensed, trained dental professionals to ensure that teeth are whitened to optimal natural whiteness. A dentist examines the mouth and gums to ensure they are healthy. If problems are detected, the patient is referred back to his own family dentist.


Unlike contemporary bleaching procedures or home remedies, in-office teeth whitening is convenient, cost-effective and predictable.


Contemporary Bleaching


Dentist-supervised teeth whitening utilizes an at-home bleaching system, most commonly with carbamide peroxide. Following an examination to determine if bleaching is an appropriate treatment, a custom-fitted tray is prepared from an impression. The dentist delivers the appliance with a bleaching gel and instructions to place the gel in the tray and wear it one to two hours a day for one to two weeks.


Results are generally good, but success cannot be predicted. Outcomes may vary due to the nature of the discoloration and the degree of patient compliance.


Over-the-Counter Bleaching


The consumer marketplace offers countless “do-it-yourself” at-home teeth whitening options, generally advertised with more hype than substance. Products are characteristically sold with toothpastes or mouth rinses, but are generally ineffective in bleaching teeth. Although these products use hydrogen peroxide preparations similar to those employed by dentists, in the absence of a dentist-prepared custom-fitted tray, at-home bleaching fails to keep the active agent directly on the teeth. Despite outlandish media claims, expectations are rarely fulfilled.

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