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Cosmetic Dentistry
Teeth Whitening

Teeth 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 teeth whitening system that will whiten teeth dramatically.  Since teeth 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.

Teeth whitening is not permanent.  A touch-up may be needed every several years, and more often if you smoke, drink coffee, tea, or wine.

Reasons for teeth 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 teeth whitening involve?

In-office Whitening (or Zoom! Whitening) - A one-visit appointment that takes approximately 1 hour and can increase enhance your teeth by 6-8 shades lighter! There is a protocol to be followed before and after the procedure to reduce any sensitivity.  You may also choose to do touch-up whitening from time to time after this procedure.  Our office is Zoom! Whitening certified.  For more information about Zoom! Whitening, please click on the link: http://www.usa.philips.com/c-m-pe/teeth-whitening/learn-about-teeth-whitening


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