Everyone has heard of tooth whitening (bleaching) and yes, it works! The chemical process involved safely removes dark stains and debris from the tooth enamel, leaving your smile whiter and brighter.
For best results, we recommend a professional, custom-made, take-home bleaching tray. They are made from models of your teeth and are worn at night. They provide a fast and uniform effect and allow us to vary the strength of the bleach for people with sensitive teeth. The trays also can be used years down the road, making them a cost-effective option for maintenance and re-bleaching.
We have had many patients successfully use over-the-counter kits such as Crest Whitestrips. However, some patients complain about their fit and feel. New kits must be purchased for maintenance and re-bleaching, which can make the cost add up.
Laser “zoom” bleaching is not a favorite of ours. This procedure, while it does initially accelerate the whitening, does so by essentially heating up the material and the teeth as well. The nerves inside the teeth don’t like this and the end result can be inflammation and sensitivity.
No matter which option you choose, it’s important to take the condition of your teeth into account before starting a bleaching program. If you have veneers, bonding or implants, they will not respond to the bleaching and will need to be adjusted once the bleaching is complete.