Whitening of the teeth is a cosmetic dentistry procedure performed for patients who desire a brighter smile. Tooth whitening can be performed to reduce discoloration and staining, or simply to provide the patient with whiter, brighter teeth.

Overview of Teeth Whitening

Teeth whitening is used to correct discoloration of the teeth by removing the brown and yellow staining. The term “teeth whitening” can refer to a number of techniques that improve the brightness of the patient’s teeth. Among them are chemical whitening, mild acid whitening, abrasive teeth brightening and the newest technique that we offer, laser teeth whitening.

Teeth Bleaching

Teeth bleaching is chemical process used to lighten the color of the patient’s teeth. The procedure can be performed entirely in the cosmetic dentistry office or it can be performed by the patient in their home, using a materials provided by the dentist. The home method is often used because it saves the patient from having to make an office visit for each treatment.

Before the patient embarks on the home teeth whitening regimen, the cosmetic dentist creates a custom mouth tray for the patient. The custom tray is a critical component of the treatment because it ensures that the correct amount of whitening solution is used and that the patient’s teeth are properly exposed to the whitening solution. The custom made mouth tray provides for a better fit than a one-size-fits-all mouth tray to help increase the margin of patient safety.

The steps in the home teeth whitening regimen are fairly straightforward. The cosmetic dentistry office provides the patient with the materials and instructions and also answers questions the patient may have about the routine. Your dentist’s office can also provide you with off-site supervision should you have any questions once you’ve begun the teeth whitening process.

A home teeth whitening session can last for two to three hours, during which you will have the tray and solution in your mouth. Depending on your needs and desired results, your cosmetic dentist may instruct you to keep the tray in your mouth overnight. Typically, you will follow your home teeth whitening regimen for two-to-three weeks, after which time you will return to your cosmetic dentist for a follow-up visit.

How Long Does Teeth Whitening Last?

Teeth whitening is not a permanent procedure. Results can last for one or more years, depending upon your personal habits. In most cases, the teeth whitening procedure is very effective and the patient is pleased with the results. Request a teeth whitening appointment with Dr. Kelstrom today!