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What is teeth whitening?
Teeth whitening is a bleaching process that reverses discolorations of enamel ( the outside layer of tooth structure) to create a whiter brighter smile. No natural tooth structure is lost, and no anesthetic is required.
How Do I Know If Teeth Whitening Is For Me?
We’re glad to help you determine if you’re a good candidate. First, for your safety, we need to check the strength and condition of you teeth through an exam with X-Rays.
Then, before recommending teeth whitening for you, we need to diagnose theexact cause of your teeth discoloration. A number of factors can contribute to discoloration, including:
- Tetracycline (antibiotic) staining
- Excessive fluoride
- Trauma (injury) to the teeth
- Pulp (nerve and blood supply) degeneration inside the teeth
- Restorative materials (silver, gold)
- Genetic and acquired illnesses
- Use of staining substances, such as coffee, tea or tobacco
What Teeth Whitening Options Are Available?
Depending upon your unique situation, we may offer one of two different types of teeth whitening systems: in-office or at home. Sometimes we recommend a combination of both to give you the best results in a reasonable amount of time.
Are Touch Ups Required?
To stay whiter and brighter, your teeth may require periodic touch ups requiring that you wear your appliance with the whitening solution as you notice your teeth beginning darken again. This will happen with time and is unpreventable. Your diet, pulp health, etcetera unique to you will determine the rate your teeth change shades. With the at home bleaching system you will be able to reuse your trays to retreat your teeth, just stop by the office for more solution. If you have had any major dental work since your trays were made you may need new trays, ask Dr. Perry for advice.