Tooth whitening, also known as bleaching, is an extremely common way to improve the appearance of ones teeth. When the directions for use of these materials are followed, they are very safe to use.
At DDS, tooth whitening can be achieved in multiple ways:
- Bleaching Trays: Impressions are taken of the patients teeth and plastic molds are fabricated. Prescription strength carbamide peroxide (the dental “bleach”) is dispensed to the patient and they are instructed how to load the bleach into the trays, how to wear the trays, and for how long to wear them. Bleaching is typically done for 2 weeks. Make sure to save your trays, because bleaching is not permanent and will need to be “touched up” from time to time.
- Zoom Bleaching: This is an in office bleaching treatment in which bleach is applied to the teeth and then they are exposed to a special light to help the bleach work more effectively. Significant whitening can be expected by the end of the treatment.
- Combination Zoom and Trays: The best of both worlds. Immediate results with Zoom and then further improvement with use of take home trays.
If you are interested a consultation is the first step. Existing dental fillings, crowns and veneers will not change color, so this is something to consider!