Whitening the teeth is one of the easiest and most noticeable changes that you can make to improve the appearance of your smile. Whitening is a non-invasive and simple dental treatment that will alter the color of your tooth enamel to make your smile look whiter and brighter.
For many people, dull or stained teeth are the primary concerns that they have about their smile. If you have older fillings, crowns, and other restorations, you need to be aware that whitening systems will only work to improve the appearance of the natural tooth enamel, so you won't notice any changes on those restorations. It is recommended that you have those restorations replaced after bleaching so they match the new and improved color of the rest of your smile.
The Teeth Whitening ProcessWe offer two approaches to teeth whitening: in office or at home.
If you choose to whiten your teeth with a home whitening system, you will generally need two dental appointments. At your first visit, molds will be taken of your teeth and used to create customized plastic trays to hold the whitening solution.
After your trays have been fabricated, you'll have a second appointment where we'll make sure they fit properly. You'll receive instructions on how to wear the trays for optimal results. In most cases, this will involve wearing them either overnight or twice per day for several weeks.
The in-office whitening can be completed in a single one-hour appointment. Trays with whitening agents are placed and you sit comfortably while a specialized light activates the whitening process. At the completion of your appointment we show you the amount your teeth have whitened!
Caring for Your Whitened TeethWhen whitening your teeth, it is completely normal to experience some sensitivity. Fortunately, this discomfort usually stops once you have finished your whitening. Additionally, you will likely need an annual touch-up in order to maintain your beautiful, white smile. Over time, whitened teeth can slowly darken again. The good news is we can whiten them again.