Smile White – Shine Bright
- Remove discoloration caused by aging, food, drinks and smoking
- In-office whitening can increase the speed to a brighter smile
- At-home whitening with custom trays
There is a mouthful of reasons to whiten your teeth. Over time staining foods, drinks and smoking cause teeth to become discolored. Aging also takes its toll on the enamel. Bleaching your teeth whitens and brightens them and will leave you smiling as big as you’d like. Before we begin any whitening treatment, we check the health of your teeth and repair any damage. Whitening can be completed either in our office or at home.
Candidates For Teeth Whitening
- Patients in good oral health
- Patients who want a brighter smile
- Patients with natural front teeth (crowns on front teeth don’t whiten)
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Teeth Whitening FAQs
Whitening does not damage the tooth structure.
Dental offices can individualize whitening treatment to choose the most appropriate one for the patients’ goal. That may be in-office whitening or choosing the right gel for home whitening.
Whitening has been found to be safe on millions of people.
Whitening should not be painful though some patients will experience temperature sensitivity. This can be minimized by choosing the correct whitening method and using desensitizing agents.
The results look natural as long as the whitening is not overdone. Since whitening happens over time, the patient can decide when to stop.
Whitening usually lasts many years. Patients who drink lots of tea, coffee or red wine will need to whiten every few years.
In-office whitening takes about 1 1/2 hours per session. Home whitening with tray can be from 30 minutes to overnight.
Teeth whitening can be a game-changer for your self-confidence and your satisfaction with your appearance. The process is generally safe when teeth and gums are in good condition. That said, teeth whitening should begin only after a thorough dental exam and cleaning. In most situations, the process can be repeated as often as every six months without posing risks to tooth enamel and the soft gingiva around the teeth.
Aside from consulting with a trusted dentist and having a routine dental exam, there is very little that needs to be done before teeth whitening. If you are concerned about sensitivity, you can start using toothpaste for sensitive teeth about a week before your treatment. If you've never had teeth whitening, you cannot know how significant sensitivity may be after your treatment, so using this special toothpaste could be a good preventive step.
The two steps that are most integral to lasting whitening are brushing and flossing. Brushing should be done morning and night, for two full minutes each time. Once a day, preferably before bed, you should floss. These practices remove the debris and plaque that can cause discoloration to occur more quickly. It isn't necessary to cut certain foods and beverages out of your life after having your teeth whitened. However, it can be a good habit to always rinse the mouth with water after consuming stain-causing substances like coffee, tea, or red wine. Seeing your dentist every six months for an exam and professional cleaning is also advantageous. Our routine cleanings remove plaque and tartar and also polish the teeth, leaving them brighter and shinier.
There is no downtime, per se, after teeth whitening. To ensure that you get the most satisfying results, you may want to avoid stain-causing foods and beverages for one to three days after your treatment. If you do immediately resume your normal eating habits, make it a point to rinse your mouth with water after drinks and meals.
You can eat soon after your teeth whitening treatment. Ideally, stick to foods and drinks that have little to no color. This is referred to as a "white diet." Acidic foods should also be avoided for 24 to 72 hours.
Teeth whitening that is performed in the office may take about an hour. In this short appointment, the dentist may repeat the whitening process a few times. After the process is done, you teeth should be several shades whiter.