About Teeth Whitening
Teeth whitening (or bleaching) is a simple, non-invasive dental treatment used to change the color of natural tooth enamel and is an ideal way to enhance the beauty of your smile.
Because having whiter teeth has now become the number one aesthetic concern of most patients, there are a number of ways to whiten teeth. The most popular method is using a home whitening system that will whiten teeth dramatically. Since teeth whitening only works on natural tooth enamel, it is important to have a dentist evaluate replacement of any old fillings, crowns, etc. Replacement of any restorations will be done after bleaching so they will match the newly bleached teeth.
Teeth whitening is not permanent. A touch-up maybe needed every several years, and more often if you smoke, drink coffee, tea, or wine.
Reasons for teeth whitening:
Fluorosis (excessive fluoridation during tooth development).
Normal wear of outer tooth layer.
Stained teeth due to medications (tetracycline, etc.).
Yellow, brown stained teeth.
In-office professional whitening:
Philips Zoom In-office professional teeth whitening is a clinically proven light-accelerated treatment that whitens up to 8 shades in 45 minutes (excluding prep time and assuming the application of 25% hydrogen peroxide gel).
Zoom teeth whitening can provide a dazzling white smile for up to 2 years, but your optimal shade’s longevity depends heavily on your aftercare habits. It is essential to limit foods and beverages that stain your teeth as much as possible. See our Zoom aftercare instructions.
What does Take-home teeth whitening involve?
This type of teeth whitening usually requires two visits. At the first appointment, impressions (molds) will be made of your teeth to fabricate custom, clear plastic, trays.
At your second appointment, you will try on the trays for proper fit, and adjustments will be made if necessary. The trays are worn with special whitening solution either twice a day for 30 minutes or overnight for a couple of weeks depending on the degree of staining and desired level of whitening. It is normal to experience tooth sensitivity during the time you are whitening your teeth, but it will subside shortly after you have stopped bleaching.
See our Take-home teeth whitening care instructions for your teeth and trays, and be encouraged to visit your dentist regularly to help maintain a beautiful, healthy, white smile.
Call one of our three Central California Coast dental offices to schedule your tooth whitening consultation.