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Teeth Whitening

Overview

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 teeth whitening system that will whiten teeth dramatically.  Since teeth 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.

Teeth whitening is not permanent.  A touch-up may be needed every several years, and more often if you smoke, drink coffee, tea, or wine.

Teeth whitening enhances the brightness of natural teeth, but it’s not for everyone. To be safe, Dr. Chris Chin will thoroughly discuss in detail with you all details before any action is taken, especially if you have:

  • Discolored or sensitive teeth
  • White spots or decay on your teeth
  • Infected gums
  • A bridge, crown, or other dental work (especially involving front teeth)

Types of Whiteners

If Dr. Chris Chin and team agrees that you are a candidate for tooth whitening, you can choose either an over-the-counter tooth whitening kit or a Dentist-supervised treatment.

Over-the-Counter

If using an over-the-counter whitening kit, choose one approved by the American Dental Association and follow the directions on its package. Store-bought kits require 7-30 days of consistent use for full effect. Individual results can vary.

Dentist-Supervised

Dentist-supervised treatments provide greater tooth whitening results faster than store bought kits. Two types of treatment are available:

  • An in-office treatment typically whitens teeth 5-10 shades within 45 minutes.
  • A Dentist-dispensed take-home kit contains a higher concentration of whitening agent than a store-bought kit and is as easy to use. You are likely to be more satisfied with the results of a Dentist-dispensed kit than by a store-bought kit.

In-Office Treatment

After a thorough exam of your teeth, gums and supporting bone structure, your Dentist will tell you whether tooth whitening is a safe option for your smile. If the agreed-upon treatment is an in-office, Dentist-supervised treatment, your Clinician will:

  • Prepare your mouth by covering your lips and gums so that only your teeth are exposed
  • Apply a professional-strength whitening gel to your teeth
  • Expose your teeth to a special light for 15 minutes to help the gel penetrate and whiten your teeth
  • Invite you to watch TV or listen to music as you relax in the chair
  • Reapply the gel and light treatment two more times

Your total tooth whitening treatment time is 45 minutes.

 

 

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