Tooth whitening is a simple, non-invasive dental treatment used to change the color of natural tooth enamel and is an ideal and easy way to enhance the beauty of your smile.
Having whiter teeth has now become the primary aesthetic concern of most patients. There are two ways to whiten teeth and you and your dentist can discuss which will work best for you. One method involves using a home tooth whitening system using trays while the other takes place entirely in the office.
Since tooth whitening only works on natural tooth enamel, it is important to evaluate replacement of any old fillings, crowns, etc. Replacement of any restorations will be done after bleaching so they will match the newly bleached teeth.
A touch-up may be needed every several years, and more often if you smoke, drink coffee, tea, or wine.
Reasons for tooth whitening:
Fluorosis (excessive fluoridation during tooth development).
Normal wear of outer tooth layer.
Yellow, brown stained teeth (from smoking, tea, coffee, etc.)
What does tooth whitening involve?
At home whitening requires molds of your teeth to be taken and the fabrication of trays into which you will place the whitening solution. You will wear the trays for 30 minutes a day until you have reached the desired color of teeth.
The second type of tooth whitening involves more powerful bleaching agents and takes place entirely in the office.
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.
At Chisholm Trail Dental we offer a few different options for whitening. Our most popular whitening treatment available are our Custom fit Take home whitening trays. In this video we show the process of how these Custom fit take home whitening trays are made as well as a step by step guide on how to use them.