Tooth Whitening

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Tooth 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 esthetic concern of most patients, there are a number of ways to whiten teeth.  The most popular method is using a home tooth whitening system that will whiten teeth dramatically.  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 may be needed every year or two, and more often if you smoke, drink coffee, tea, or wine routinely.

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, and adjustments will be made if necessary.  The trays are worn with special whitening peroxide that will be chosen specifically for your teeth by Dr. Bridges.  There are overnight products and hour-long products; both of which have pro's and con's and will be discussed with you by Dr. Bridges.  The gel will be worn either twice a day for 30-60 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.  Anti-inflammatory medication such as Advil or Motrin will help to minimize any temporary discomfort. 

You will receive care instructions for your teeth and trays, and be encouraged to visit Dr. Bridges regularly to help maintain a beautiful, healthy, white smile.


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