Over time, things like drinking coffee or red wine, smoking cigarettes, eating certain foods or simply aging can cause our teeth to become stained or darkened. With all the products on the market claiming to whiten teeth, it is hard to decipher between what is effective and what is a gimmick. We do not recommend using anything with charcoal to whiten teeth. Similarly, using baking soda is not recommended either. These products are too abrasive and can cause harm to both the teeth and the gums. The safest, most effective method for teeth whitening is to use products that are obtained through a dental office. Dental bleaching products contain peroxide (either hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide) to remove both surface as well as deep stains from the teeth. In some cases, these products can cause teeth to become even lighter than their normal shade.
After taking impressions of your teeth, custom fitted application trays will be made out of a flexible plastic material. These custom, fitted trays ensure that the bleach stays in close contact with the teeth and off of the surrounding gums. They also prevent saliva from diluting the bleach. The average time to wear the trays is 15-30 min per day for up to two weeks, depending on the strength of the bleach. It is important to note that whitening is likely to cause sensitivity. This is temporary and will subside shortly after bleaching. We can always adjust the bleach concentration and provide desensitizing agents to use before or after bleach application.
Teeth Whitening can transform your smile
Am I a candidate for whitening?
Tooth whitening is safe and effective for most people and the best candidates are those with mild to moderate discoloration.
- Porcelain crowns, veneers, fillings or bonding do not respond to the bleaching products. This is especially important to be aware of in the front teeth. In this case, current dental work may need to be replaced if you want these teeth to appear whiter.
- Yellow teeth usually bleach well. However, brown teeth may not whiten as much. Teeth with gray tones or discoloration from a “dead” tooth may not bleach at all.
- Certain food, drinks, smoking and medications can re-stain your teeth. Maintenance is required, and touching up is easy.