is Teeth Whitening?
Teeth Whitening is actually a mild bleaching process
that restores stained or discolored
teeth to a healthy, natural color. Don't be misled
by unproven and ineffective over-the-counter whitening
solutions. Our office uses an advanced procedure that
is only available from your dentist.
What Causes Tooth Discoloration?
Teeth become discolored for different reasons:
- Frequently drinking coffee, tea, or colas.
- Some antibiotics may darken developing teeth in
- Aging - The dentin underneath the enamel of a tooth
gradually darkens with age.
- Use of tobacco products.
- Accidents - If a tooth
has been traumatized, sometimes the nerve will gradually
"die," and the tooth becomes dark.
- After Root Canal Therapy,
a tooth will generally darken.
Is Whitening Safe?
Whitening is very safe. We use a product
that has been proven safe when used under the direction
of a dentist.
Is Whitening For Me?
Dr. Clark, Dr. Eldredge, or Dr. Nebeker will evaluate your teeth and smile to determine whether
whitening is right for you. In some cases a different
cosmetic procedure may better meet your expectations,
but whitening is a safe, fast and easy process that
is effective for almost everyone!
What Is The At-Home Whitening Process?
||First, we will make impressions of your
teeth so that our lab can create custom whitening trays
to fit your mouth. These trays will guide the whitening
agent to the areas of your teeth that need to be whitened.
We will record the current color of your teeth to help
you monitor your progress.
||Next, we will fit your custom trays in your
mouth to ensure they feel comfortable. We will instruct
you on how to apply the whitening agent to your trays
and how to insert them into your mouth. You will take
the custom trays and whitening agent home with you. The
treatment can be applied any time of day since the clear,
custom-fitted trays are barely visible and do not interfere
with your ability to speak.
When Will I See Results?
||Immediately! Most patients see results after the first
treatment. It will typically take from 2 to 6 weeks to
restore your teeth to a beautiful white. The time it will
take depends on the original color of your teeth, how
discolored they were, and how frequently the treatment
How Long Will The Results Last?
The effects typically last several years. Many patients choose
to "touch-up" their teeth every 6 to 12 months by
applying the treatment once or twice. "Touch-ups"
are especially useful for patients that drink beverages that
stain teeth, like coffee, tea, and colas.
Are There Any Side-Effects?
Some patients may experience heightened tooth sensitivity
to cold, or mild tooth or gum sensitivity during treatment,
but these symptoms are only temporary and disappear within
a few days.