Teeth Whitening

Home/Teeth Whitening

Whitening (bleaching) is a simple procedure that can be done at the dentist office or at home. During the procedure a solution of carbamide peroxide is applied to lighten the discolored and darkened teeth.

Another consideration in determining whether tooth whitening is for you is the condition of your teeth. Careful clinical examinations and x-rays will help determine whether you are a candidate for this procedure.

Does whitening (bleaching) damage the teeth?

No. When the active whitening agent comes in contact with water,carbamide peroxide is released, which whitens the teeth. Bleaching does not weaken or soften the teeth.

What happens during at-home tooth whitening?

  • Your teeth are examined: Before you begin at-home bleaching, your teeth must be clean. Any gum problems need to be treated. Any cavities must be filled, and old fillings may need to be replaced.
  • Your molds are made: Models of the teeth will be made.
  • You receive your trays and gel: You will be shown how and when to use the trays and bleaching gel, how many weeks you will need to use the bleaching gel depends on how badly discolored the teeth are.

What happens during at-home tooth whitening?

  • Your teeth are examined: Before you begin at-home bleaching, your teeth must be clean. Any gum problems need to be treated. Any cavities must be filled, and old fillings may need to be replaced.
  • Your molds are made: Models of the teeth will be made.
  • You receive your trays and gel: You will be shown how and when to use the trays and bleaching gel, how many weeks you will need to use the bleaching gel depends on how badly discolored the teeth are.

For best results follow these tips:

 

  • Brush and floss your teeth before putting in the bleaching trays.
  • Follow your dentist’s directions exactly, and use only the materials your dentist gives you.
  • Spit out any excess saliva. The bleach won’t harm you if swallowed, but it can irritate your throat.
  • Don’t eat or drink while you have the trays in your mouth.
  • Rinse your mouth out well after bleaching.
  • Rinse your mouth out well after bleaching.
  • Avoid citrus fruits and other acidic foods, they can make your teeth more sensitive.

  • Call your dentist if your throat, teeth, or gums feel irritated.

What causes teeth discoloration?

  • Tetracycline (antibiotic) staining.

  • Excessive fluoride.

  • Trauma (injury) to the teeth.

  • Pulp (nerve) degeneration.

  • Restorations (silver, gold).

  • Genetic and acquired illnesses.

  • Aging.

  • Food, drinks (such as coffee and tea), and tobacco.