What is tooth bleaching?
Tooth bleaching is a process that lightens
discolorations of enamel and dentin. The system
uses a mild solution retained in a custom-fitted
tray that is worn over your mouth.
What causes tooth discoloration?
There are many causes. The most commmon
include aging, consumption of staining
substances (coffee, tea, colas, tobacco),
trauma, nerve degeneration, and old
Who may benefit from tooth bleaching?
Almost anyone. However, there are some cases where the treatment may not be effective. A
dentist may determine viable candidates for the process through a thorough oral examination and diagnosis.
Is the process safe?
YES! Research and clinical studies indicate that whitening teeth with carbamide peroxide
under the supervision of a dentist is safer for teeth and gums. In fact, many dentists
consider this whitening process the safest cosmetic dental procedure available today.
How does it work?
The whitening gel is placed in a thin bleaching tray that fits over your teeth. As the
active ingredient in the gel, carbamide peroxide, is broken down, oxygen enters the
enameland dentin and bleaches the colored substances. The structure of the tooth
is not changed; only the tooth color is made lighter.
How long does it take?
Results are usually seen after the first application. Maximum results generally occur
when the process is continued for 10 - 14 nights.
Are there any side effects?
Some people experience temporary increased tooth sensitivity to cold during the
treatment. These symptoms disappear within 1 - 3 days after interruption of the
How long do the results last?
The teeth will always be lighter than they once were. However, some patients may
need a tooth whitening "touch up" for 1 - 2 days, once or twice a year. In order
to maintain the whitest tooth shade possible, it is best to avoid substances like
coffee, tea, red wine, and tobacco.