Teeth whitening is a procedure done to change the color of the teeth. Prior to the procedure, patients may find themselves dissatisfied with the staining that has
occurred as a result of smoking, consuming coffee, tea, and wine, eating dark-colored foods such as chocolate. Stains on the teeth are either extrinsic or intrinsic. Extrinsic stains refer to the discoloration that may occur on the tooth surface while intrinsic stains are much more profound and affect the core of the tooth. Extrinsic stains may be removed by polishing the surface of the teeth with an abrasive cleaning agent. Intrinsic
stains are a result of the penetration of food pigments through the enamel.
Teeth whitening or teeth bleaching is an effective means to eliminate intrinsic staining. Bleaching agents penetrate the tooth structure to remove those pigments. There are several reliable methods of teeth whitening, two of them are offered by our
office. The first, light accelerated bleaching, is an on in-office procedure. This procedure takes about an hour from start to finish. The second option is to be done at-home; custom made trays are made in the lab to be filled with a bleaching agent
supplied by the dentist. The patient is instructed to wear the trays for twenty minutes a day, for ten days. Professional supervision and guidance are needed during the time period of treatment.
The advantage of undergoing a bleaching procedure under the
supervision of a dentist is the appropriate management and
treatment of any sensitivity that may occur.