Tooth Whitening

Tooth whitening is a simple procedure to whiten or brighten discolored teeth.

Whitening is most effective in teeth that have become discolored due to yellowing from age, tobacco, coffee, tea, cola or wine stains. It is somewhat less effective at stains from medications (tetracycline), chemically-induced stains, excessive fluoride stains, accidents and trauma.

The home whitening kit consists of a very thin, clear plastic “mouthguard” which fits over the teeth but does not interfere with appearance or talking. A special whitening gel is placed in the mouthguard and it is worn at night. The materials used at our office all have official A.D.A. approval.

Various options are available to accommodate our patients busy schedules.  Options can vary from wearing the mouthguard throughout the night for 1 to 2 weeks to 30 minutes a day for 3 or 4 days.  Whitening will last several years at least. Depending on the individual a touch up may be needed after that. Usually the stain has occurred after many years of exposure to coffee, tea etc. and it takes years to stain again.

Whitening is usually completely comfortable. A few individuals may experience temporary temperature sensitivity for a day or two following treatment, but this quickly passes.

Documented university studies demonstrate that this whitening technique causes no damage to the tooth structure. It does not cause brittleness or weakening of the teeth and no cavities can form because of the bleaching.