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. 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.
Whitening is not permanent. A touch-up maybe needed every several years, and more often if you smoke, drink coffee, tea, or wine.
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. It is normal to experience tooth sensitivity during the time you are whitening your teeth, but it will subside shortly after you have stopped bleaching.
You will receive care instructions for your teeth and trays, and be encouraged to visit us regularly to help maintain a beautiful, healthy, white smile.
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Biolase laser® is a one-hour in-office bleaching treatment. This method of teeth whitening requires a short preparation period where your mouth and gums will be covered. The whitening solution is applied and laser is shined onto the teeth. This process is done in three 15 minute sessions. You can have teeth several shades lighter in about an hour.
Many teeth whitening methods cause your gums to feel irritable and sore. With our whitening method, irritation is minimal but the results are significant. Research has shown that laser teeth whitening system can whiten teeth up to 8 shades lighter when used in conjunction with the laser. Getting your smile that much whiter in less than an hour with little irritation, makes Biolase laser® a great choice for brightening your teeth.