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Teeth Whitening

Teeth whitening process is not a medical procedure - it does not result in healthier teeth - but it can result in whiter teeth and a brighter smile. As teeth age, they often take on a darker, yellowish cast and lose their luster and brightness. The natural tooth color can also be affected by many factors like:

  • Tobacco (whether smoked or chewed).
  • Drinking coffee, tea or red wine.
  • Eating highly pigmented foods such as cherries and blueberries.
  • Accumulation of tartar deposits, which result from plaque that has hardened.

The stains are only superficial, then polishing alone should remove them. If they are internal, then bleaching may be required. The degree of whitening will vary from individual to individual, depending on the cause of the discoloration.

Whitening can be done either in a dentist's office or at home, using a system recommended by the dentist. Both methods use tooth-bleaching gels that oxidize out the stain.

At-home whitening:

At-home whitening is the more popular approach today. A custom-fitted tray is prepared by taking an impression of your, with which you can fill a whitening gel and wear up to two hours daily or at night for about two weeks. When done under the supervision of a dentist, at-home whitening is very effective.

In-office whitening:

Less frequent and more expensive, this procedure takes from 30 minutes to one hour per visit, and you may have to return for several visits to achieve the desired whiteness. To protect your mouth, a gel-like substance may be applied to your gums and a rubber "shield" may be placed around the necks of the teeth. An oxidizing agent (the bleaching solution) is then applied to your teeth. Sometimes, a special light is used at five-minute intervals to help activate the whitening agent.

To help prevent stains from coming back, avoid smoking, coffee, tea, red wine and heavily colored foods.