What causes tooth discoloration?
There are many causes of tooth discoloration. The most common include aging and consumption of staining substances such as coffee, tea, colas, tobacco, red wine, etc.
Who may benefit from tooth whitening?
Almost anyone, however, treatment may not be as effective for some as it is for others. We can determine if you are a viable candidate for this procedure through a thorough oral exam, including a shade assessment.
Is whitening safe?
Yes, extensive research and clinical studies indicate that whitening teeth under the supervision of a dentist is safe. In fact, many dentists consider whitening the safest cosmetic dental procedure available. As with any tooth whitening product, Opalescence Whitening System is not recommended for children under 13 years of age and pregnant or lactating women.
How long do the results last?
By following some simple post-whitening care instructions, your teeth will always be lighter than they were before. To keep your teeth looking their best, we recommend flossing, brushing twice daily and occasional touch-ups with our Opalescence take-home gel. These are professional formula products designed specifically to keep your teeth their brightest.
Is there any difference between over-the-counter tooth whiteners and Opalescence Whitening System?
Yes! Consulting your dental professional is always the first step to whitening your teeth safely. Plus, over-the-counter tooth whitening strips, brush-on gels and toothpastes take weeks or months to whiten your teeth just a few shades.
Current whitening techniques have proven safe and effective. The results are dramatic in many cases.
The most convenient tooth whitening method is a 1 hour treatment in our office.
A popular tooth whitening method is an at home process where soft plastic molds are custom manufactured from models of your upper and lower teeth. The molds, which fit snugly against your teeth, are lined with small amounts of a tooth whitening agent, then worn for a few hours during the day or while you sleep.
We will guide you through an at home tooth whitening program that is personalized for your specific needs to ensure optimal results.
A typical program takes 10 to 14 days to complete. Most of our patients see changes after wearing the custom molds for a few hours.
Tooth whitening is one of the most exciting, popular, and economical ways to enhance your appearance.