Tooth whitening is a non-invasive dental treatment that enhances the brightness of natural teeth. The discolorations of your teeth are often caused by:
- Smoking or chewing tobacco
- Poor dental hygiene
- Certain medications
- Normal wear due to aging
- Excessive fluoride use
What are my tooth whitening options?
We highly recommend you consult a dentist before taking any action on your own. Off the shelf trays are one size fits all and most importantly, do not consider your dental health issues and possible complications. A thorough examination of your teeth condition is necessary to identify dental problems that may affect your treatment and the result.
During your initial checkup at our office, Dr. Heidarian will evaluate and discuss the following topics for a proper treatment of your teeth whitening process:
- Tooth sensitivities
- Decay on your teeth
- Infected gum
- Replacement of any old fillings
- Bridges and crowns
What is the procedure for whitening teeth?
At the first appointment, we will take impressions (molds) of your teeth to fabricate customized transparent plastic trays. Store bought trays never mold to the shape of your teeth, leaving gaps, allowing the bleaching agent to cause a chemical burn. Custom trays make sure you get the bleach where you want and not everywhere else. Also, your dentist take-home kit contains a higher concentration of whitening agent than a store-bought kit and is as easy to use.
At your second appointment, you will try on the trays for proper fit, and adjustments will be made if necessary. The trays are worn with special whitening solution depending on the degree of staining and desired level of whitening. 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.
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.