Tooth whitening enhances the brightness of natural teeth. Discuss it with your Dentist before you whiten your teeth.
The length of time a tooth will stay whitened can range from 4-12 months, depending on the type of treatment used and your consumption of food and drink that can easily stain teeth.
Options for Whitening
If your Dentist agrees that you are a candidate for tooth whitening, you can choose either an over-the-counter tooth whitening kit or a Dentist-supervised treatment.
If using an over-the-counter whitening kit, choose one approved by the American Dental Association and follow the directions on its package. Storebought kits require 7-30 days of consistent use for full effect.
Dentist-Supervised Dentist-supervised treatments provide greater tooth whitening results faster than store bought kits. Two types of treatment are available:
● An in-office treatment.
● A Dentist-dispensed take-home kit contains a higher concentration of whitening agent than a store-bought kit and is as easy to use.
With the dispensed kit your dentist will take impressions and fabricate trays to fit your teeth. You will place the whitening agent in the trays and wear them for a period of time prescribed by your dentist. You are likely to be more satisfied with the results of a Dentist-dispensed kit than by a storebought kit.
In-Office Treatment After a thorough exam of your teeth, gums and supporting bone structure, your Dentist will tell you whether tooth whitening is a safe option for your smile.
If the agreed-upon treatment is an in-office, Dentist-supervised treatment, your Clinician will:
● Prepare your mouth by covering your lips and gums so that only your teeth are exposed
● Apply a professional-strength whitening gel to your teeth
● Reapply the gel multiple times until patient is happy with change or limit of exposure is reached.