What is Tooth Whitening?
Tooth Whitening is actually a mild bleaching process that restores stained or discolored teeth to a healthy, natural color. Don’t be misled by unproven and ineffective over-the-counter whitening solutions. Our office uses an advanced procedure that is only available from your dentist.
What Causes Tooth Discoloration?
Teeth become discolored for different reasons:
Frequently drinking coffee, tea, or colas.
Some antibiotics may darken developing teeth in children.
Aging – The dentin underneath the enamel of a tooth gradually darkens with age.
Use of tobacco products.
Accidents – If a tooth has been traumatized, sometimes the nerve will gradually “die,” and the tooth becomes dark.
After Root Canal Therapy, a tooth will generally darken.
Is Whitening Safe?
Whitening is very safe. We use a product that has been proven safe when used under the direction of a dentist.
Is Whitening For Me?
Dr. Orwick will evaluate your teeth and smile to determine whether whitening is right for you. In some cases a different cosmetic procedure may better meet your expectations, but whitening is a safe, fast and easy process that is effective for almost everyone!
What Is The Whitening Process?
First, we will make impressions of your teeth so that our lab can create custom whitening trays to fit your mouth. These trays will guide the whitening agent to the areas of your teeth that need to be whitened. We will record the current color of your teeth to help you monitor your progress.
Next, we will fit your custom trays in your mouth to ensure they feel comfortable. We will instruct you on how to apply the whitening agent to your trays and how to insert them into your mouth. You will take the custom trays and whitening agent home with you. Most patients wear the whitening trays at night while they sleep, but they may be worn during the day since the clear, custom-fitted trays are barely visible and do not interfere with your ability to speak.
When Will I See Results?
Immediately! Most patients see results after the first night. It will typically take from 2 to 6 weeks to restore your teeth to a beautiful white. The time it will take depends on the original color of your teeth, how discolored they were, and how frequently the treatment is applied.
How Long Will The Results Last?
The effects typically last several years. Many patients choose to “touch-up” their teeth every 6 to 12 months by applying the treatment for 1 or 2 nights. “Touch-ups” are especially useful for patients that drink beverages that stain teeth, like coffee, tea, and colas.