Teeth whitening (or bleaching) is a simple, non-invasive dental treatment used to change the color of natural tooth enamel and can enhance the beauty of your smile.
There are a number of ways to whiten teeth. The most popular method is using a home teeth whitening system. Teeth whitening is not permanent. A periodic touch-up may be needed. More frequent touch-ups are necessary if you smoke, drink coffee, tea, or wine.
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?
The first step is a consultation and exam. Since some people develop tooth sensitivity during whitening, Dr. Gross recommends an over-the-counter whitening system that you can purchase at your local pharmacy. This will help determine if you are able to proceed with whitening. The whitening agent only works on natural tooth enamel. Therefore, it is important to evaluate replacement of any existing fillings, crowns, etc. Replacement of a restorations will be done after bleaching so they will match the newly whitened teeth.
You will receive care instructions for maintaining your enhanced smile and be encouraged to visit us regularly to help maintain a beautiful, healthy, white smile.