Teeth Whitening is performed for patients who desire a brighter smile. Tooth whitening can be performed to reduce discoloration and staining or simply to provide the patient with whiter and brighter teeth.
Overview of Teeth Whitening
Teeth whitening is used to correct discoloration of the teeth by removing the brown, yellow and rare cases of grey staining. The term "teeth whitening" can refer to a number of techniques to improve the brightness of a patient’s teeth. Among them are chemical (peroxide) whitening, mild acidic-pumice whitening as well as a 1 hour in office whitening technique.
Teeth whitening is a chemical process used to lighten the color of a person’s teeth. The procedure can be performed entirely in the dental office or it can be performed by the patient at home, using materials provided by the dentist. The home method is often used because it saves the patient from having to make an office visit for each treatment and also provides a more consistent result.
Before the patient embarks on the take home teeth whitening regimen, the cosmetic dentist creates a custom mouth tray for the patient. The custom tray is a critical component of the treatment. It ensures that the correct amount of whitening solution is used and that the patient's teeth are properly exposed to the whitening solution. The custom tray provides for a better fit than a one-size-fits-all mouth tray to help increase the margin of patient safety.
The steps in the home teeth whitening regimen are straightforward with a simplified ease of use. The cosmetic dentist's office provides the patient with the materials, instructions and also answers questions the patient may have about the routine.
A home whitening session can last for up to to three hours, during which time you will have the tray and solution in your mouth. Depending upon your needs and desired results, your dentist may instruct you to keep the tray in your mouth overnight. Typically, you will follow your home teeth whitening regimen for two weeks, after which time you will return to your cosmetic dentist for a follow up visit.
How long does teeth whitening last?
Teeth whitening is typically a permanent procedure. However, results can last for one or more years, depending upon your personal habits (coffee, tea, red wine). In most cases, the whitening procedure is very effective and the patient is pleased with the results.