Tooth Whitening

In today’s world, having a great smile can be the key to a fantastic first impression. Having good white teeth can set you apart from the crowd. Tooth whitening (or bleaching) is a simple, non-invasive dental treatment that is used to change the color of natural tooth enamel. It is an ideal and easy way to enhance the beauty of your smile.

Because having whiter teeth has 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.  It is also important that replacement or any restorations be done after bleaching so the they will match the newly whitened teeth.

You need to know that tooth whitening is not permanent.  A touch-up may be needed every several years. You can expect to do touch-ups more often if you smoke or drink coffee, tea, or wine.

Reasons to choose tooth whitening:

  • Fluorosis (excessive fluoridation during tooth development).
  • Normal wear of outer tooth layer.
  • Stained teeth due to medications.
  • Yellow, brown stained teeth.

What is involved with tooth whitening at Carlin Dental?

The method of  tooth whitening we recommend 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 your dentist regularly to help maintain a beautiful, healthy, white smile.


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