Tooth Whitening

Tooth whitening (or bleaching) is a simple, non-invasive dental treatment used to change the color of natural tooth enamel and is an ideal way to enhance the beauty of your smile.

Reasons for tooth whitening:

  • Yellow, brown stained teeth.
  • Normal wear of outer tooth layer.
  • Stained teeth due to medications (tetracycline, etc.).
  • Fluorosis (excessive fluoridation during tooth development).

Because having whiter teeth has now become the number one aesthetic concern of most patients, there are a number of ways to whiten teeth.  We offer in-office tooth whitening and at-home tooth whitening.  In office whitening starts the process quickly in one, 90-minute office visit.  When you leave, your teeth will be significantly lighter and brighter. There is some at-home follow-up and maintenance required to get the best results possible. No anesthesia is required for this treatment. 

At-home whitening, requires the patient to wear light, comfortable, bleaching trays for approximately one to two hours per day.  Within two or three days, results can be seen.   Most patients continue this for three to four weeks, to get maximum whitening results. Both methods are very effective in producing a lighter and brighter smile.

Since tooth whitening only works on natural tooth enamel, it is important to evaluate replacement of any old fillings, crowns, etc.  Replacement of any restorations will be done after bleaching so they will match the newly bleached teeth.

Tooth whitening is not permanent.  A touch-up maybe needed every several years, and more often if you smoke, drink coffee, tea, or wine.

You will receive care instructions for your teeth and trays, and be encouraged to visit your dentist regularly to help maintain a beautiful, healthy, white smile.