Tooth whitening (or bleaching) is a simple, non-invasive dental treatment used to change the color of natural tooth enamel and is an ideal way to enhance the beauty of your smile.
Because having whiter teeth has now become the number one aesthetic concern of most patients, there are a number of ways to whiten teeth. The most popular method is using a home tooth whitening system that will whiten teeth dramatically. Since tooth whitening only works on natural tooth enamel, it is important to evaluate replacement of any old fillings, crowns, etc. Replacement of any restorations will be done after bleaching so they will match the newly bleached teeth.
Tooth whitening is not permanent. A touch-up maybe needed every several years, and more often if you smoke, drink coffee, tea, or wine.
Reasons for tooth whitening:
Fluorosis (excessive fluoridation during tooth development).
Normal wear of outer tooth layer.
Stained teeth due to medications (tetracycline, etc.).
Yellow, brown stained teeth.
What does tooth whitening involve?
Here at Dr. Pan's office, we use a system called Sinsational smile. It is a the 1st and Only Green certified whitening system designed to be done in only 20 minutes with no sensitivity. it effectively whitenens from 2-5 shades in a single visit and the take home touch up pen. It can be done at every bi-annual cleaning appointment to maintain the results. With other types of whitening systems, even other in office systems, there is a high chance of tooth sensitivity to hot or cold following a treatment resulting in pain and discomfort when trying to eat or drink anything.