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.
Teeth bleaching is a chemical process used to lighten the color of the patient's teeth. The procedure can be performed entirely in the dental office or it can be performed by the patient in their home, using materials provided by the dentist. The home method is often used because it saves the patient from having to make an office visit for each treatment.
Before the patient embarks on the home teeth whitening regimen, the dentist may create a custom mouth tray for the patient to ensure that the correct amount of whitening solution is used and that the patient's teeth are properly exposed to the whitening solution.
The steps in the whitening regimen are fairly straightforward. The dentist's office provides the patient with the materials and instructions and also answers questions the patient may have about the routine.
A home whitening session usually will take from one-half to one hour, during which time you will have the tray and solution in your mouth. Depending upon your needs and desired results, your dentist may instruct you to keep the tray in your mouth overnight. Typically, you will follow your home teeth whitening regimen for two to three weeks, after which time you will return to your dentist for a follow up visit.
How long does teeth whitening last?
Teeth whitening is not a permanent procedure, but must be repeated every two to three years on average.« Go Back