Teeth whitening (or bleaching) is a simple, non-invasive dental treatment used to change the color of natural tooth enamel and is an non-invasive 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 an at home teeth whitening system that will whiten teeth dramatically. Since teeth 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.
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 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.
At home trays:
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.
You will receive care instructions for your teeth, trays, and be encouraged to visit your dentist regularly to help maintain a beautiful, healthy, white smile.
BOOST in Office Whitening:
Opalescence™ Boost™ professional teeth whitening is applied right in the dental office to give you a white smile fast! No hot or uncomfortable LED teeth whitening lights are necessary.
1. An initial shade will be taken of your teeth.
2. A protective barrier will be used to prevent the teeth whitening gel from irritating your gums.
3. Opalescence Boost teeth whitening gel will be applied with a gentle, brushed tip.
4. You'll see results in about an hour!
BOOST Go Trays: Whiten on the GO!
Remove product from package.
“U” – Upper whitening tray
“L” – Lower whitening tray
Position upper tray on teeth.
Bite firmly, then suck on tray for 2 seconds.
Remove colored outer tray, leaving the white inner tray on teeth. Repeat the process for the lower tray.
After indicated wear time, remove whitening trays and brush teeth.