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Teeth Whitening

whitened teethTeeth whitening or bleaching is an easy and non-invasive way to change the color of your natural tooth enamel and a smart way to make your smile more beautiful with few hassles.

Having white teeth is now an important aesthetic concern of most dental patients, so a number of ways have been developed to deal with the issue. The most popular way to whiten teeth is with a home whitening system, a safe and convenient choice. But teeth whitening only works with natural tooth enamel, so it is important to consider whether old fillings will need to be replaced for complete satisfaction. Crowns and other restorations could be the wrong color after whitening and will need to be replaced.

Teeth whitening does not last forever. Touch-ups may be necessary every few years, especially if you drink coffee, iced or hot tea or wine -- or if you smoke.

Consider teeth whitening when you want to correct:
  • Fluorosis, excess fluoride during tooth development that leads to spots
  • General wear to the outer layer of teeth
  • Brown or yellow stained teeth
teeth whitening utensils

What is involved with teeth whitening?

In-office teeth whitening usually involves two visits. During the first visit, impressions or molds are made of the teeth to allow for fabrication of the custom clear trays that hold the whitener.

During the second visit, the trays are fitted and adjustments are made as needed. At home, trays are used with the whitening solution for 30 minutes twice a day or overnight for about two weeks. The amount of usage is determined by the level of staining. Some tooth sensitivity is normal during whitening treatment, but it usually goes away shortly after bleaching is complete or stopped.

The dentist will send care instructions home with you, and you will be encouraged to visit a dentist regularly to maintain the whitening and your healthy and vibrant smile.

To find out how dental crowns can work for you, call us at (619) 640-5100 for a free consultation with Dr. Paige Woods, DDS