Teeth 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 a number of ways to whiten teeth. The most popular method is using a home teeth whitening system that will whiten teeth dramatically. Since teeth 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 bleaching so they will match the newly bleached teeth.
Teeth whitening is not permanent. It is not a once-in-a-lifetime event. Touch-ups may be needed every several years, and more often if you smoke, drink coffee, tea, or wine. Patients touch up their whitening usually once every six months or year, after their cleaning visit. When your teeth are clean, the whitening is more effective.
Reasons for teeth whitening:
- Fluorosis (excessive fluoridation during tooth development).
- Stained teeth due to diet, habits and aging.
- Stained teeth due to medications (tetracycline, etc.).
- Yellow, brown stained teeth.
What does teeth whitening involve?
TAKE HOME TEETH WHITENING
This type of teeth whitening usually requires two 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.
You will receive care instructions for your teeth and trays, and be encouraged to visit your dentist regularly to help maintain a beautiful, healthy, white smile
IN OFFICE TEETH WHITENING
This treatment is done in the dental office and you will see results immediately. It may require more than one visit, with each visit lasting 60 to 120 minutes. While your gums are protected, a bleaching solution is applied to the teeth. Some products require a special light to enhance the action of the agent while the teeth are whitened. Typically this light causes more sensitivity and trauma to the teeth, which is why Dr. Quimby's has selected an in office whitening product that is just as effective without the light or added discomfort. Kor whitening has shown the best result of any product we have used.
Some patients may still experience tooth sensitivity after having their teeth whitened. This sensation is temporary and subsides shortly after you complete the bleaching process, usually within a few days to one week.
'White For Life'
is an exciting program we are offering to all patients! We would like to help you keep your teeth white for life!
Here's how it works:
•First we would like to see you for a comprehensive exam, dental hygiene visit and necessary imaging. Call our office at 410-770-9590 to set up your first appointment or Request an appointment online.
•Then once we know your teeth are healthy, and you complete in-office or at home whitening with us AND you keep your regular dental checkups, we will be happy to supply you at each checkup with a whitening syringe at no cost to you!
To be eligible for our Whitening For Life program you need to meet the following requirements:
•Keep your regularly scheduled dental checkup visits. Your long-term oral health is as important to us as it is to you. Our patients have found that regular checkups greatly reduce dental emergencies. This is why we are happy to provide this extra bonus to our patients who are committed to their oral health.
•Provide at least 48 hours notice if you need to postpone or change your appointment. In order to provide exceptional services like Whitening For Life to all our patients, we ask that you give us the courtesy of advance notice for all schedule changes.
•Must keep your mouth healthy.
•All accounts must be current (no outstanding bills).