Teeth whitening

Teeth whitening can brighten to a more attractive smile. These before and after photos of the same patient were taken under the same lighting conditions and haven’t been retouched in any way.

We offer custom-fit take-home whitening trays. For best results use them daily for about two weeks. Teeth whitening works as carbamide peroxide breaks down into hydrogen peroxide. The peroxide penetrates between microscopic enamel rods to lighten stains from food, coffee, wine, or tobacco that have collected over years.  

Teeth with yellow shades get better results more quickly than teeth with blue or grey shades. The average patient can expect teeth to lighten two to three shades. Results from whitening last from months to years, depending on your habits.

Irritiation to the gums or sensitivity of the teeth can accompany teeth whitening. Keep the whitening gel off the gums or clean it off immediately to avoid irritation. If irritation occurs, apply vitamin E. For patients that have sensitivite teeth while whitening, we recommend MI Paste that can be applied to the teeth using the same take-home trays you use to whiten. Before you whiten it is important to update your dental exam with your dentist. Areas of decay can be extremely sensitive to whitening and should be treated before whitening. Keep in mind that porcelain crowns and composite fillings will not lighten with the natural teeth. In some cases old dental work will need to be replaced for a better shade match after whitening.

Consider whitening your teeth if you have a special event coming up or you just want feel great about sharing a brighter smile with others in your life.

Internal bleaching

In some cases a single tooth will darken.  This can happen when that tooth has had a root canal.  If this tooth has already had a root canal we can do internal bleaching.  With internal bleaching, the peroxide is placed inside the back of the tooth and covered with a temporary filling.  Because the tooth has already had a root canal, it doesn’t need to be numbed and the procedure is painless.  The peroxide brightens the tooth from the inside out.  Each week the shade is checked and fresh peroxide placed until the tooth is brightened to the match the shade of the other teeth.  Once the tooth is the correct shade, the temporary filling is replaced with a permanent filling.  

In the photos below notice the center tooth on the left is grey and darker than the others.  After internal bleaching this tooth is no longer grey and matches the shade of the other teeth.