Whitening procedures have effectively restored the smile of people with stained, dull, or discolored teeth. Food particles are naturally attracted to a tooth's enamel by a certain protein. Products like coffee and tea, berries, and soy sauce are nororious for staining teeth. Over time, teeth actually become more absorbent and vulnerable to staining from food and other substances.
One type of stain--caused by traumatic injuires, medications and fluorosis--actually begins inside the tooth.; brushing and flossing don't help. Another type of stain--one that can be more easily attacked by brushing, flossing and rinsing, is caused by external factors such as foods. More and more people today are choosing tooth-whitening procdures to reverse the effects of aging and abuse from food and tobacco stains.
Some commerically available "whitening toothpastes" or procedures, can be somewhat effective at removing stains and making teeth a few shades brighter. Over-the-counter whitening systems can also be somewhat effective as long as they are monitored and directions followed closely. However, often patients wish to whiten their teeth beyond a subtle change and seek professional care at our office.
We use a custom tray system for our bleaching treatments. During the first appointment impressions and models are made of the teeth. In approximately one week the patient returns to the office, receiving bleaching trays, bleaching gels, and instructions on how to use the system. One week later a follow-up appointment is scheduled where the patient's progress is documented and factored into the patient's final whitening goals.
The whitening products used in our office are effective and safe.