Teeth whitening procedures are used to lighten and brighten the appearance of a patient’s smile. When done properly, whitening should not harm your teeth or gums. Significant lightening can be achieved in the majority of cases, but specific results cannot be guaranteed. Whitening, like any other procedure, has some inherent risks and limitations. Although these risks are seldom serious enough to discourage one from having his or her teeth whitened, they should be considered in making a decision whether to whiten your teeth. There are many variables that can affect the outcome of the procedure, such as the type of discoloration that affects your teeth, the degree to which you follow the instructions, and the overall condition of your teeth.
Who are the best candidates for whitening?
Almost anyone is a candidate for whitening. Experience shows that people with dark yellow or yellowish brown teeth sometimes achieve better whitening results than those with gray or bluish-gray teeth. Multi-colored teeth, especially if stained due to tetracycline, do not whiten as well. In addition, teeth with many fillings, cavities, chips, etc., are usually best treated through bonding, porcelain veneers, or porcelain crowns.
What types of whitening are available?
In-Office Whitening: Many offices offer this type if whitening however, we no longer provide this procedure. The results are inconsistent and many people experience significant sensitivity afterwards. Often, fading occurs and using whitening trays or strips are still needed in the future in order to maintain the brightness of the teeth.
There are two types of take-home whitening
This process can be done anywhere, not just at home. It involves wearing a thin, clear, custom-made whitening tray that is lined with mild whitening gel. The gel filled tray is worn for a specified period of time each day that generally extends from 2-4 weeks.
We also carry whitening strips that do not require impressions and custom-made trays. These cost significantly less than the custom made trays, usually work quickly and for most people, the end result is comparable. The advantages of take-home whitening include convenience and lower cost. The disadvantages include the inconvenience of wearing the whitening tray or strips and your results will depend on your consistent use of the trays or strips. You will also need to refrain from eating or drinking something that may stain your teeth for a few hours after whitening.Make an Appointment