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  • Teeth Whitening

     

    Teeth 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 aesthetic concern of most patients, there are a number of ways to whiten teeth.  

    Some of Reasons for teeth stains and discolorations:

    1. Fluorosis (excessive fluoridation during tooth development).
    2. Normal wear of outer tooth layer.
    3. Stained teeth due to medications (tetracycline, etc.).
    4. Yellow, brown stained teeth due to certain foods and beverages

    Types of Tooth Whitening Offered at GDC:

    Home bleaching

    Home bleaching is the most popular and affordable way of bleaching your teeth. 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 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. Here is a link to one of the home bleaching products dispensed at our office.

    ZOOM -In office bleaching (1 hour only):

    This method of bleaching is done at the dental office, and the procedure only takes one hour. Although this method is a bit more expensive than home bleaching, but it usually yields greater results in a considerably shorter amount of time.

    It involves placing a bleaching gel on your teeth, then a special light source is used to activate and accelerate the action of that bleaching gel to get the results faster that home bleaching kits.

    Zoom whitening is a worldwide chair side bleaching system that has proven to show impressive results. Here is a  link to the product for further information.

     

     

    Frequently asked question of teeth whitening

    Q:Is bleaching safe or does it damage the tooth?

    A:Nothing detrimental has been documented and microscopic research shows no changes to the tooth surface with use of 10% bleaching solution. Most research available was initially done with a 10% concentration. There is no literature that we have come across showing any structural changes or irreversible damage to the tooth structure whatsoever. However, excessive and incorrect use of bleaching gels could on the long run weaken the tooth structure.


    Q:What are the side effects of tooth whitening?

    A:All bleaching gel causes some degree of tooth sensitivity. This is sensitivity to cold/hot fluids and even air can cause discomfort. This is normal and an expected side effect. Some of the brands of bleaching gel contain desensitizing agents which claim to alleviate post bleaching sensitivity. Using a desensitizing toothpaste like Sensodyne or any of the over the counter toothpastes containing potassium nitrate as the active ingredient will help. The sensitivity should subside in a matter of days.


    Q:How long will it take for teeth to become their whitest?

    A:Results vary. Some teeth whiten dramatically in just a few days, while others can take a few months. The majority of people whiten within 2-3 weeks.  The more yellow versus gray color you have in your teeth, the better the bleaching. Grey enamel similar to that of Tetracycline (antibiotic) staining is more difficult to bleach and can take a few months to achieve a result.


    Q: How long the whitening will results last?

    A:Generally, immediately after bleaching, the color will fade slightly and then remain stable for approx. 6 months to a year, sometimes longer. It is recommended for maintenance to touch up your smile every 4-6 months with 1-2 applications


    Q:Will bleaching gel whiten my veneers, caps (crowns) and bonding?

    A:All bleaching agents used to whiten teeth will only work on natural tooth structure. This means that all dental work including but not limited to bonding, veneers, crowns (caps) and bridges will NOT bleach or whiten. All dental work would need to be replaced to match the newly whitened teeth.

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