Teeth Whitening

Why whiten my teeth?
Tooth enamel wears down over time, becoming more transparent and allowing the yellow color of dentin, the tooth’s core material, to show through. The enamel cracks, while the dentin remains intact. These cracks fill up with stains and debris giving the teeth a dull appearance. Smoking, eating habits, tooth grinding, and injury can all cause stains and debris as well. Professional teeth whitening can remove these stains and debris, significantly improving the appearance of your teeth. One of the most popular cosmetic dental procedures, in-office whitening (also known as power bleaching, power whitening, professional whitening, or chairside whitening) has immediate visible results, and is safe and pain-free.

What’s involved?
Your dentist will paint a protective rubber dam on your gums before the teeth whitening procedure. Then your dentist will apply a high-concentration peroxide gel directly to the teeth. The peroxide usually remains on the teeth for a series of 15–20 minute intervals adding up to an hour. Lasers or a special light may be used during the process to enhance the action of the whitening agent.

What should I know before getting my teeth whitened?
Your dentist will be able to tell you whether teeth whitening would be an effective solution for you. Whiteners may not correct all types of discoloration. If your teeth have brown or grey hues, they may not bleach well at all. If you have had bonding or tooth-colored fillings placed in your front teeth, bleaching may not have the desired effect. In this case, your dentist can recommend alternative solutions such as porcelain veneers.