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Having a beautiful smile may be even easier than you think. Many people achieve the look they've been dreaming of with our simple "whitening process".
"Whitening", also known as "bleaching" is safe, quick, and economical. Just let us know at any time if you would like to be evaluated for bleaching. You can even choose to lighten only those teeth which are esthetically problematic.
In only a day or two your custom whitening appliances will be ready for you. We provide you with a special bleaching agent that you put into the clear, nearly invisible bite appliances. With only a few hours of wear per day, our special bleaching agent removes the stains which have darkened your enamel. This is accomplished without altering tooth structure or existing dental work in any way. When your teeth reach the brightness you want, only occasional treatment is needed to maintain your new smile.
Dental bleaching can be used to correct many tooth discolorations. These discolorations may have been caused by staining, aging, or chemical damage to teeth. Using the latest bleaching technology, we can offer a safe method for creating a beautiful, "brilliant" smile. In cases of extreme tooth discoloration, crowns, or veneers may be the only choice. However, because of the low cost of bleaching treatments, bleaching may be an economical alternative.
- Corrects brown, yellow, and mottled tooth staining
- Works on people of all ages.
- A simple solution for a "dull" smile, restoring brightness, and bringing a smile alive.
How Is It Done?
An impression or imprint is taken to make a specialized "mouthguard" or "bite appliance" to hold the bleach against the teeth. The material is used each night one to four hours over the course of a week or two, after which significant whitening will occur. In almost all cases, the improvement in color is very impressive. For improving your appearance, bleaching technology offers improvements in yellowing, aging, or stained teeth. For very severely stained teeth, crowns, or veneers may be more appropriate.
Over-the-counter bleaching agents are available at drug stores and pharmacies; however, since these products can harm the gums and teeth, it's better to use products that our practice recommends and are approved by the American Dental Association. Moreover "in-office" bleaching will have a much greater longevity than over-the-counter products.
Bleaching (Whitening) Teeth in the Dental Office
Bleaching live teeth that are discolored is an effective procedure, but you should know some important information before deciding to have this procedure accomplished on your teeth:
1. Bleaching is the most conservative and least expensive procedure available to whiten live, stained teeth.
2. Bleaching teeth at home is an alternative to in-office bleaching, and it should be considered.
3. Bleaching in the dental office requires one or more 30 to 60-minute appointments.
4. Slight to moderate tooth discolorations can usually be removed successfully.
5. Some teeth whiten easily, but others bleach less successfully. The only way to determine the bleaching potential of your teeth is to accomplish the bleaching procedure and evaluate the results.
6. Bleaching in the dental office may be somewhat uncomfortable during bleaching and for a short time after the procedure.
7. If discoloration is severe, crowns or veneers are usually more acceptable treatment to lighten tooth color.
8. Your bleached teeth will require re treatment occasionally to maintain the color to which they have been bleached.
Tooth Whitening - THE CLINICAL PROCEDURE:
1. One or more 30 to 60-minute appointments are required. Each appointment is the same, and the appointments are at least 7 days apart.
2. Anesthetic is not used.
3. Plastic material is placed on your teeth to isolate the bleaching solution from the gums.
4. Bleaching solution, which is concentrated hydrogen peroxide, is placed on the isolated teeth.
5. Bleaching is accomplished by the concentrated hydrogen peroxide over a short period of time, usually several minutes.
6. Bleaching solution will be applied several times during each appointment.
7. The isolation plastic material is removed, and your appointment is completed.
Tooth Whitening - AFTER THE PROCEDURE:
1. Immediately after each bleaching appointment, your teeth will be lighter than they will be 24 hours later due to dehydration. The color of your teeth will return to somewhere between their dehydrated, bleached color and their original, darker color.
2. Your teeth may be sensitive for a few days because of the hydrogen peroxide application. This sensitivity will gradually disappear over a few days.
3. You may require more than one in-office bleaching appointment.
4. If slight color returns after a period of months, additional bleaching may be needed.
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