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.
Because having whiter teeth has now become the number one aesthetic concern of many patients, there are a number of ways to whiten teeth. The most popular method is using a home tooth whitening system that will whiten teeth dramatically. 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 few months, and more often if you smoke, drink coffee, tea, or wine.
Reasons for tooth whitening:
Fluorosis (excessive fluoridation during tooth development).
Normal wear of outer tooth layer.
Stained teeth due to medications (tetracycline, etc.).
Yellow, brown stained teeth.
What does tooth whitening involve?
This type of tooth whitening usually requires two visits. At the first appointment, impressions (molds) will be made of your teeth to fabricate custom, clear plastic, trays which fit over your upper and lower teeth
At your second appointment, we will try on the trays for proper fit, and adjustments will be made if necessary. The trays are worn with special whitening solution either once or twice a day for 30 minutes or overnight for a couple of weeks depending on the degree of staining and desired level of whitening. It is normal to experience tooth sensitivity which is usually minor, during the time you are whitening your teeth, but it will subside shortly after you have stopped bleaching.
Power bleaching or the Zoom Accelerated whitening process is no more effective than home bleaching with well made trays and frequently creates hypersensitive teeth. Dr. Rashid does not recommend Accelerated whitening procedures due to the possibility of extreme sensitivity.
You will receive care instructions for your teeth and trays, and be encouraged to visit our office regularly to help maintain a beautiful, healthy, white smile. Zoe Berendt, RDH will help you maintain the improved shade of your teeth during your regular dental hygiene recall and cleaning appointments.
Telephone Barbara @ 727-531-9363 if you are considering whitening your teeth. It is usually very easy and patients express they are delighted with the results.