Teeth Whitening

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Teeth Whitening

Teeth whitening, also known as bleaching, is an uncomplicated and non-invasive dental treatment used to whiten the color of natural teeth enamel. Teeth whitening is the optimal solution for anyone looking to enhance the beauty of his or her smile.

Due to high demand, dentists have figured out numerous ways to whiten teeth. The simplest and most popular remedy to whiten teeth is to use a home teeth whitening system. However, teeth whitening only works on natural teeth enamel, so it is crucial to evaluate the replacement of any old fillings, crowns, etc. Any restoration procedure will be done after bleaching, in order to match the newly bleached teeth.

It is important to know that teeth whitening is not permanent. However, lessening the consumption of cigarettes, coffee, tea and wine will allow your teeth to last several years before another touch up is required.

Reasons for teeth whitening:

  • Fluorosis: a chronic condition caused by excessive intake of fluorine compounds, resulting in speckling of the teeth and potentially calcification of the ligaments.
  • Normal wear of outer teeth layer.
  • Stained teeth due to medications, coffee, tea, soda, wine, tobacco, poor dental hygiene and disease.
  • Yellow or brown stained teeth.

What does teeth whitening involve?

This sort of procedure for teeth whitening typically requires two visits total. First, there will be impressions (molds) made of your teeth, in order to fabricate custom and clear plastic trays.

During the next visit, you will try on the trays. Adjustments will be made if necessary. You will also be required to wear the trays with special whitening solution twice a day for 30 minutes, or overnight for a couple of weeks, depending on the extent of staining and preferred degree of whitening.

Teeth sensitivity is expected during the time you are whitening your teeth, but will diminish shortly after you have stopped bleaching.

Tip: In order to maintain a white, flawless and healthy smile, we encourage you to visit your dentist regularly. You will also receive care instructions for your teeth and trays.

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