There are a number of ways to whiten teeth- the most popular method is to use a home tooth whitening system that will whiten teeth dramatically. Tooth whitening only works on natural tooth enamel, so it is important to evaluate replacement of any old fillings, crowns, etc. If replacement of any restorations is necessary it will be done after bleaching so Dr Davis can match your newly whitened teeth.
As whitening is not permanent a touch-up maybe needed every several years, and more often if you smoke, drink coffee, tea or red 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.
At your second appointment you will try on the trays for proper fit, and adjustments will be made by Dr Davis if necessary. The trays are worn with special whitening solution either twice a day for 30 minutes or overnight for a couple of weeks depending on the degree of staining and desired level of whitening. Tooth sensitivity during the time you are whitening your teeth is normal, but it will subside shortly after you have stopped bleaching.
Regular brushing, flossing and dental visits will help maintain your newly whitened smile.