Teeth whitening (or bleaching) is a simple, non-invasive dental treatment used to change the color of natural tooth enamel and is an ideal way to enhance the beauty of your smile.

Because having whiter teeth has now become the number one aesthetic concern of most patients, there are a number of ways to whiten teeth.  The most popular method is using a home teeth whitening system that will whiten teeth dramatically.  Since teeth 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.

Teeth whitening is not permanent.  A touch-up may be needed every several years, and more often if you smoke, drink coffee, tea, or wine.

Reasons for teeth whitening:

  • Fluorosis (excessive fluoridation during tooth development).
  • Normal wear of outer tooth layer.
  • Stained teeth due to medications (tetracycline, etc.).
  • Yellow, brown stained teeth.

What does teeth whitening involve?

This type of teeth whitening usually requires two visits.  At the first appointment, impressions (molds) will be made of your teeth to fabricate custom, clear, plastic, trays.

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 either twice a day for 30 minutes or overnight for a couple of weeks depending on the degree of staining and desired level of whitening.  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.

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TEETH WHITENING Q & A

WHAT CAUSES TOOTH DISCOLORATION?

A Variety Of Factors Can Cause Discoloration And Staining Of Your Teeth. Usually, It’s A Result Of What You’re Eating And Drinking On A Regular Basis. The Most Common Culprits Include:

  • Berries
  • Citrus Fruits
  • Soda
  • Balsamic Vinegar
  • Coffee, Tea, And Wine
  • Cigarettes And Other Tobacco Products

WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN IN-OFFICE AND AT-HOME TEETH WHITENING?

The American Academy Of Cosmetic Dentistry Reports That The Safest And Most Effective Whitening Treatment Is Custom-Fitted Mouth Trays Created By Your Dentist. Dr. Kabaklian Offers A Variety Of Teeth-Whitening Options, Including Both In-Office And Take-Home Treatments, And Will Help Identify The Best One For Your Particular Case.

For At-Home Treatments, Dr. Kabaklian Provides Prescription-Strength Whitening Trays. These Trays Conform To Your Smile Without The Need For Impressions Or Custom Molds. Depending On Your Case, You Can Typically Expect To Wear The Trays For Up To 10 Days, 30-60 Minutes A Day. Along With The Trays, You’ll Receive A One-Year Supply Of Prescription Strength Peroxide.

It’s Common To Experience Some Sensitivity During Or After The Whitening Process. If This Happens To You, Dr. Kabaklian Will Provide Instructions On How To Proceed.

WHY DON’T STORE-BOUGHT TEETH WHITENERS WORK AS WELL AS PRESCRIPTION-STRENGTH ALTERNATIVES?

You May Have Tried Store-Bought Whitening Kits In The Past, Only To Be Disappointed With The Results. Here’s Why:

YOU CAN’T BLEACH OVER TARTAR.

The Peroxides In Whiteners Only Whiten Tooth Enamel, Not Tartar (The Yellow/Brown Layer Of Hardened Plaque That Builds Up On Your Teeth). To Get The Most Out Of Whitening, Get A Thorough Cleaning First.

OVER-THE-COUNTER PEROXIDES ARE OFTEN NOT STRONG ENOUGH TO DO THE JOB.

The Average Concentration Of Peroxides In Store-Bought Teeth Whiteners, Even “Extra Strength” Alternatives, Is 5-10%, While Many One-Time In-Office Treatments Go Up To 40%. The At-Home Kits Offered At Enamel Feature A Range Of 16-38% Peroxide Concentrations, For A Fraction Of In-Office Treatment Costs.

THEY’RE SO UNCOMFORTABLE, YOU DON’T USE THEM REGULARLY.

Ill-Fitting Trays Irritate Soft Tissue And Whiten Unevenly. Strips Are Difficult To Get Into Place And Hard To Keep Away From Sensitive Gums. Both Are Unpleasant And Unlikely To Be Used Consistently.

If You Suffer From Stained Or Discolored Teeth And Want A Brighter Smile, Professional Teeth Whitening Could Be Right For You. Call Or Book An Appointment Online For A Consultation With Dr. O’Braitis