Tooth 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 now a number of ways to whiten teeth. The most popular method is using a home tooth whitening system that will whiten teeth dramatically in about two weeks. We also offer the Zoom2! in-office whitening that provides the same dramatic results, but takes only about an hour.
Since tooth 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 whitening so they will match the newly bleached teeth.
Tooth 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 tooth 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 tooth whitening involve?
At-home tooth whitening usually requires two short 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.
In-office Zoom! whitening usually requires only one visit. Your lips and gums will be covered and protected, leaving only your teeth exposed. The dental clinician will then apply the Zoom! gel to your teeth, which is designed to work with the special Zoom! light to gently penetrate your teeth and break up stains and discolorations. The gel is placed for three sessions of 15 minutes each for a total of 45 minutes. During the treatment time, you can sit back, relax and watch a movie!
You will receive care instructions and will be encouraged to visit Dr. Sutton today to help maintain your beautiful, healthy, white smile.