Originally Published on November 15, 2011 by admin

Tooth Whitening/Bleaching

The easiest way to enhance your smile is through a process called tooth whitening or tooth bleaching. As a person ages, the adult teeth often become darker due to changes in the mineral structure. Teeth can also become stained by bacterial pigments, foodstuffs and tobacco. Certain antibiotic medications, like tetracycline, can also cause teeth stains or a reduction in the brilliance of the enamel.

Hydrogen Peroxide or Carbamide Peroxide gels are used to lighten the shade of the tooth. The peroxide penetrates the enamel and oxidizes the stain deposits and tooth structure. It is possible to lighten your teeth anywhere from 6 to 12 shades!

The effects of bleaching can last for several months, but may vary depending on the lifestyle of the patient. Factors that decrease whitening include smoking and the ingestion of dark colored liquids like coffee, tea and red wine.

There are many methods to bleach your teeth. The three most common and effective are:

In office treatments: A stronger bleach gel is applied and monitored by the dentist. Barriers are placed to protect the gums and sometimes a light is used to activate the bleaching process. This is great if you want quick results.

Custom Trays: Plastic trays are fabricated to fit custom to your teeth. The bleach gel is placed inside the trays and they are worn 5-10 minutes a day for two weeks.

White Strips: Prefilled plastic strips are placed on your teeth and are worn for 30 minutes a day for up to two weeks.

Q: Will bleaching damage my teeth?
A: No. In fact, many of the new bleaching gels have components that actually strengthen teeth.
 

Q: Can I bleach my teeth by rinsing with hydrogen peroxide or Clorox?
A: No. Bleaching only occurs by the consistent contact of the bleach gel with the tooth that allows the solution to penetrate effectively. Rinsing with peroxide or bleach will only damage the soft tissues in your mouth. These rinses cause more problems than they solve.
 

Q: Will bleaching cause sensitivity?
A: Usually not. The new gels have a desensitizing agent incorporated in them.
 

Q: What is the best method of bleaching?
A: Depends. Each method will get you to the same end point. It depends on how quickly and comfortably you want to get there. In office bleaching is one appointment. Custom trays are more comfortable and give more predictable results than white strips. Also, the trays last indefinitely, and gel refill packs can be purchased which saves money over time.
 

Q: Can everyone bleach?
A: No. If cavities are present on the teeth, then bleaching will only make them worse. Also, due to the structural makeup of some teeth, some people may not achieve the results they want. However, this only makes up a small percentage of people. It is always best to consult with a Dentist before proceeding with any bleaching procedure.
 

Please check out the “web specials” section of our website to see our current promotions for tooth whitening and see how you can have a brighter, whiter Christmas season!

Opalescence Trèswhite Supreme is a simple, fast, and great-tasting way to start whitening or brighten between in-office treatments.

Simple

Opalescence Trèswhite Supreme features innovative, preloaded whitening trays that fit comfortably over your teeth. The trays are discrete and disposable, making it easy to whiten on the go. An affordable option, with a wear-time of just 30-60 minutes once a day, Opalescence Trèswhite Supreme is easy to adapt to your budget and lifestyle.

Fast

Opalescence Treswhite Supreme contains 10% hydrogen peroxide and is stronger than supermarket teeth whiteners. Because of its prescription-strength formula, Opalescence Treswhite Supreme offers noticeable results in about a week.

Great Tasting

Opalescence Treswhite Supreme is available in mint, melon, and peach flavors, making it effective and enjoyable to wear. It contains potassium nitrate and fluoride, which help to improve oral health by strengthening enamel, decreasing sensitivity, and offering increased cavity prevention.