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 aesthetic 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 maybe needed every several years, and more often if you smoke, drink coffee, tea, or wine.
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?
Our office offers both in-office and at-home whitening treatments using patented GLO technology.
GLO Professional Whitening features a universally-sized mouthpiece that combines optimal warming heat and safe LED light to accelerate specially formulated 30% hydrogen peroxide whitening gel. Patients get lasting results without dehydration, rebound or zingers. This is an effective, hassle free procedure in less time and without the need for impressions or trays. Also available in 24% HP for younger patients and those prone to sensitivity.
Patients who opt for at-home treatment will receive a Professional GLO Control and Mouthpiece and case, 10 Professional-strength Teeth Whitening Gel GLO Vials (10% Hydrogen Peroxide, 40+ applications), a USB Cable & Power Adapter, a premium travel case, and a user manual with shade guide.
You will receive care instructions for your teeth and be encouraged to visit your dentist regularly to help maintain a beautiful, healthy, white smile.