Tooth whitening is a simple and non-invasive dental technique that provides you with a gleaming smile!
The most important and first step in any whitening procedure is to visit us for a thorough examination, assessment, and recommendation. We will ensure your teeth and mouth are healthy and that any other oral health problems are addressed before beginning a whitening process. Surface stains can be removed to allow the best possible results from whitening and a dental hygienist can advise you of strategies to help maintain your new whiter smile.
We can provide an in-office treatment or recommend a professional whitening product for home use. In-office procedures give you immediate visible results with few negative side effects. With this type of treatment, your smile can be whitened many shades in as little as one hour. The professionally dispensed options for home use include specially designed trays which are custom-fitted to your mouth and are worn daily for a certain length of time. These will whiten your teeth many shades as well but over a longer period of time.
Tooth whitening only works on natural tooth enamel, so it will be necessary to evaluate your current dental work and determine if old fillings or crowns will need to be replaced before any whitening process begins. Replacement of any restoration is done after whitening so that it matches your newly whitened teeth.
Tooth whitening is not permanent. A touch-up may be needed every few years. If you are a smoker or drink coffee, tea, or wine, a touch-up may be necessary on a more frequent basis.