Many patients notice that their teeth aren't "as white as they used to be." Over time teeth commonly turn a shade of yellow. This can be due to several factors including diet, smoking, coffee, tea, colas, wine, etc. Fortunately, there is an easy solution. "Home bleaching" is a very popular cosmetic procedure. It is a simple and effective method to whiten natural teeth. After two weeks of treatment, most patients will see dramatic results. Bleaching is an effective and economical way to achieve a remarkably improved smile. It should be noted that existing fillings, bondings or crowns will not change color and may need to be replaced to match your new, whiter teeth.
There are several ways to whiten teeth, all of which are effective, but to varying degrees. ďOver the counter" products, such as strips and gels, use the same ingredients dentists use, but in a lower concentration and with a less effective delivery system.
Tray bleaching is a procedure in which molds are taken of your teeth and custom trays are formed. A higher concentration of whitening gel is used. Depending on the gelís concentration, trays are worn from one to eight hours.
"Laser" bleaching is for patients who want immediate gratification. A protective barrier is placed and peroxide gel is applied to the teeth. A "laser" light source activates the solution, so that after about one hour, you walk out looking like a movie star with whiter teeth.
Tooth whitening will improve the appearance of the teeth but will not change their overall contour. It will also not change the color of existing crowns or fillings.
Whitening prices are as follows:
Our hour whitening
Time required: 1.5 to 2 hours
Custom take home trays included for further whitening and upkeep
Immediate results, expect one day of mild sensitivity
Take home whitening
Time required: Four days, for four hours, per day
Custom take home trays provided for further whitening, and upkeep
Best for those without sensitive teeth
Fast results, minimal application
Day white/Night white
Time required: 40 minutes to an hour daily for a two week period
Custom take home trays provided for upkeep
Best for those with sensitive teeth and those will to follow through with the applications