Teeth whitening (or bleaching) is a simple, noninvasive 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 teeth whitening system that will whiten teeth dramatically. Since teeth whitening only works on natural tooth enamel, it is important to evaluate the replacement of any old fillings, crowns, and more. 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.
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Am I a Candidate for Teeth Whitening?
While considering the pros and cons of professional-strength vs. over-the-counter whitening options, you ought to consider what you are really trying to achieve. If your smile has been white your entire life and just recently is starting to become discolored, a grocery-store purchased kit could produce great but temporary results. When your teeth have deeper discoloration, you may be a good candidate for professional-grade teeth whitening at Evolution Dentistry. If you would like home touch-ups, Dr. Kheir might additionally offer at-home custom trays, which can be used in conjunction with our whitening gels for upkeep.
Reasons for Teeth Whitening:
- Fluorosis (excessive fluoridation during tooth development)
- Normal wear of outer tooth layer
- Stained teeth due to medications (tetracycline, etc.)
- Yellow, brown stained teeth
What Does Teeth Whitening Involve?
This type of teeth 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 a 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.
What can I expect after teeth whitening?
Following a teeth whitening procedure, you may experience some sensitivity to hot or cold beverages, but this typically dissipates within a couple of days. As with all dental procedures, regular dental exams are essential to preserving results. When the primary procedure is completed, we usually advise coming back for touch-ups a couple of times a year, along with bi-annual cleanings that will benefit your dental well-being. Remember that just because your teeth are whitened doesn't necessarily indicate that they're in perfect health. That is why regular examinations are still important. You'll also be provided with careful instructions about what food should and shouldn't be consumed in the immediate future, including red wine and coffee.
Teeth Whitening FAQ
How much does teeth whitening cost?
The exact price of teeth whitening can differ from one patient to another depending on their specific circumstances. During your consultation with our team, we'll analyze your teeth and create a custom treatment plan tailored to your exact needs. At this point, we'll be able to offer a more in-depth cost analysis.
Is teeth whitening covered by dental insurance?
Unfortunately, no. Due to its classification as an elective procedure, teeth whitening will likely not be covered by your dental insurance provider. However, we can work with our patients to find treatment and financing plans that fit within their budget.
Is teeth whitening painful?
Teeth whitening is an entirely superficial process that causes no pain or discomfort to the patient at all. Patients can simply lie back and relax while our staff works to give them the biggest, brightest smile of their life.