Tooth whitening (or bleaching) is a simple, dental treatment used to change the color of natural tooth enamel and is a great way to enhance the beauty of your smile.
We have a number of methods for whitening teeth. Since tooth whitening only works on natural tooth enamel, it is important to 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.
Tooth 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 tooth whitening:
Fluorosis (excessive fluoridation during tooth development).
Normal wear of outer tooth layer.
Stained teeth due to medications (tetracycline, etc.).
Yellow, brown stained teeth.
What does tooth whitening involve?
This type of tooth 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. We will make adjustments if needed to ensure that you have a comfortable fit. 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. Some patients experience tooth sensitivity during the tooth whitening process, but this sensitivity will gradually disappear after the treatment has been completed.
Signature Dental - 4321 Truxel Road Suite #F5 - Sacramento, CA 95834, USA - (916) 515-1588