Teeth Whitening

Whitening of the teeth is performed for patients who desire a brighter smile. Tooth whitening can be performed to reduce discoloration and staining, or simply to provide the patient with whiter, brighter teeth. Our office provides in house whitening, where you can achieve excellent results in just about one hour while you watch a movie or your favorite TV show. We also provide the take home system where the patient can do the treatment at home from one to two weeks as directed by the doctors.

Tooth whitening or dental bleaching, is a common cosmetic procedure. Several different techniques for this effect exist. Some simple options that can be administered without the aid of a dentist include gels, toothpastes, and whitening rinses. Perhaps the most popular method is whitening strips, which can be purchased in most local drugstores.

Though teeth whitening without the aid of a professional is certainly an option, it is important to take some precautions, beginning with going over the American Dental Association’s – abbreviated as the ADA’s – list of safe and acceptable whitening products available for over the counter purchase. This can prevent patients from purchasing products that may be at best an ineffective waste of money, and at worst, dangerous to their health and general well being.

A safer and more effective option is to go about consulting a professional dentist before any sort of whitening process. The ADA does, after all, strong recommend that anyone considering undergoing any sort of whitening process at least speak to a dentist first as a general precaution. At these consultations, a dentist will typically take a thorough history of the patient’s health, particularly of the dental variety, including allergies. He or she will also observe soft and hard tissues of the mouth, and may make use of x-rays.

In any case, a dental consult will almost certainly be mandatory for a patient who decides to forgo over the counter products in favor of in-office bleaching – since the latter option will require the aid of an actual dentist. The dentist will typically use some method of gel bleaching – usually with high-concentration agents, since the low-concentration type of bleaching can be easily performed by most patients at home. Nevertheless, low-concentration gel bleaching is usually much less effective than high-concentration gel bleaching. Laser bleaching – known more officially as light-accelerated bleaching or power bleaching – may also be used by some dentists. This involves using light energy to accelerate the process in the dentist’s office.

One of the many reasons why one should consult a dentist before undergoing any sort of whitening process – especially one involving high-concentration whitening gels – is the potential risks. These include chemical burns, which can be a frequent side effect when high-concentration oxidizing agents end up making contact with sensitive or unprotected tissues. Other possible mishaps include hyperodonto-oxidation – known more colloquially as over-bleaching the teeth – and “rebound,” which causes the teeth to lose their newly whitened coloring shortly after the procedure.
Teeth bleaching