The most common cause of tooth discoloration is the consumption of highly colored foods and drinks—berries, for example, as well as coffee, tea, soda, and wine. Other causes include aging, certain medications, trauma, and tobacco.
At your first whitening appointment, impressions of your teeth are made. Models are formed in our lab, and custom plastic trays are fabricated. At your second appointment, the trays are tried in your mouth, and any necessary adjustments are made. The trays are worn at home, and they are used to apply whitening gel exactly where it’s needed. Specific instructions are given during your visit. Please keep in mind that teeth whitening only works on natural teeth. A comprehensive exam and understanding of your expectations will help determine whether replacement of existing dental restorations is necessary. Replacement, when needed, is done after whitening to match the newly lightened teeth.
Tooth and gum sensitivity may develop during whitening. These effects tend to be mild, and they subside shortly after treatment is complete. We’re happy to discuss a number of products available to reduce sensitivity.
Unfortunately not, as your teeth continue to pick up stains. Brush and floss twice daily, and visit your dentist for routine maintenance to help maintain a bright smile. Touch-up whitening applications may be needed from time to time.
We work with all PPO insurance plans, and we are in network with 6 major companies. Please call our office with questions, especially if you do not see your provider listed.