Whether you are self-conscious because you have yellowed teeth from smoking or drinking coffee, or if you just want to look your best, tooth whitening is a sure way to brighten your smile and gain increased confidence in your appearance.
Learn more about teeth whitening techniques and methods as well as the cost of teeth whitening by reading the sections below.
Tooth whitening falls under the category of cosmetic dentistry.
The tooth whitening process eliminates discoloration and stains on the teeth, and can also brighten the natural pigmentation of the teeth. The degree of improvement will depend upon how severely the teeth are stained or discolored as well as the nature of the stains. When teeth are brown or yellow due to coffee, tea, or smoking, stains will generally lighten four to five shades. Teeth that are gray due to natural pigmentation or antibiotics use will lighten two to three shades. Regardless, your teeth will be noticeably brighter after teeth whitening. While there are a number of over-the-counter teeth whitening methods that make various claims, only a dental professional can recommend the most effective teeth whitening treatment for you.
In-office laser tooth whitening
In-office teeth whitening methods are performed with bleaching gel and laser light. This is a good method of teeth whitening for sensitive teeth, as the process may be closely monitored by the cosmetic dentist. The teeth are carefully isolated from the lips and gums, and then a bleaching gel is applied to them. A laser is used in conjunction with the gel to accelerate and amplify the tooth whitening process.
The BEYOND Professional tooth whitening system
Beyond Whitening Accelerator's high-intensity blue light activates its special whitening formula which contains hydrogen peroxide(H2O2) and 20 nanometer silicon dioxide(SiO2), along with other special ingredients. The half-hour procedure rapidly oxidizes the pigmentation of 16 or more teeth through the dentin tube, restoring them to a beautiful white.
After the Beyond procedure
After the Beyond procedure, teeth score a 5-14 shade improvement on the Vita shade guide. Beyond uses the most advanced blue light at a wavelength of 480-520 nanometers.
The light is filtered through over 12,000 fibers with a total length of 1 mile and finally through two optical-lenses, each coated with more than 30 layers, removing infrared and ultraviolet light completely.
The teeth whitening process really works, and because we are experts in all facets of cosmetic dentistry we can determine which technique will best suit your individual whitening needs.
Although your teeth will not go back to their "pre-bleaching shade," depending upon your habits you may get some staining over time after the procedure is done.
We often recom mend that you have a bleaching appliance made after six months so that you can touch up your bleaching, or brighten your smile before a special event.
Teeth whitening side effects
The gel that is used in various teeth whitening methods causes the teeth to be temporarily sensitive to hot and cold foods, drinks, and even to air. Trays used to bleach teeth can also cause sensitivity, primarily to the gums. Because of this, teeth whitening for sensitive teeth may best be performed in a dental office. Also, some over-the-counter products may wear down the enamel of the teeth if used overzealously. For this reason, and because in-office treatments are more effective, it is best to seek teeth whitening treatment under the supervision of a cosmetic dentist.