Frequently Asked Questions about Teeth Whitening:
1. What is tooth bleaching and is it safe?
Bleaching lightens teeth. Research and clinical studies have shown bleaching to be so safe, you can do it at home.
Hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide in varying concentrations one to two hours a day will gradually lighten stained or darkened teeth.
The tooth is not affected in any other way, except the color of the enamel is made lighter.
The bleach geis used inside a custom fitted acrylic glove (stent) - fitted intimately to the teeth. The stent is so inconspicuous most people won't notice it if you choose to wear it in public. In some cases the stent can be worn while you sleep. But in all cases, the process should be monitored by your professional dental team.
2. How long does this process take?
Some patients will notice lightening of their teeth after the first hour. Optimal results will take anywhere from one to three weeks.
3. Will the bleach change or lighten the color of my fillings and crowns?
Patients who have pre-existing crowns or fillings will notice their natural teeth lighten, but the porcelain and composite doesn't. In these cases, it will be necessary after bleaching is complete, to replace and match these materials to the lighter enamel.
4. Can everyone bleach their teeth?
Almost everyone, but there are a few exceptions. Patients with active tooth decay must have these areas treated prior to bleaching. Women should not bleach while they are pregnant or nursing, and the process is not recommended for use on children.
5. Does bleaching hurt?
For most patients, bleaching is totally safe and comfortable. Some have reported sensitivity from the process. In most cases, this disappears quickly if bleaching is stopped or completed.
6. Is bleaching a permanent treatment?
Most patients will enjoy lighter teeth for years. Occasionally, you may want to do a touch up treatment for a few days once a year or so. Results will vary according to the patients use of staining substances such as coffee, tea, tobacco, red wine, etc.