What is tooth whitening? Tooth whitening is a process know as oxidation. Any discolorations within the tooth will be lightened. Organic materials break down to remove staining and create a whiter brighter smile.
What causes my teeth to discolor? There are many causes of tooth discoloration. Some of the most common include the consumption of highly colored foods (berries) and drinks (coffee, tea, red wine). Antibiotics at a young age , aging, smoking and trauma caqn also result in discolorations.
How long will it last? Indefinitely. Just simply touch up your teeth a few times per year for one or two days or nights. Without a touch-up, your teeth will start to restain by the same things that caused them to discolor in the first place.
Is the treatment safe? Yes. Clinical studies have shown that bleaching with carbamide or hydrogen peroxide under the supervision of a dental professional is safe for the teeth and gums.
What if I have restorations in my teeth, will these change color? Whitening will remove any existing stains on the restorations but will not affect the original shade.
What are the side effects? For the majority of patients, there are none. However, some will experience temporary sensitivity (dull or sharp, sensitivity to hot or cold.) This will subside after several hours of ceasing treatment. If sensitivity is present wear times can be shortened or made less frequent. Additionally, request soothe desensitizing gel which will help decrease sensitivity and can be used before or after the whitening process.