Your wedding is steadily approaching, and you need your smile to be the brightest that it can be. Or maybe you have a pivotal business meeting scheduled soon? Perhaps you just want to enhance your smile by whitening your teeth? While the expense of other procedures may not be in your budget, tooth whitening or bleaching is an inexpensive and effective treatment to brighten the color of your teeth and give you an enhanced smile that you can be proud of.
Am I a candidate for teeth whitening?
Teeth or tooth whitening is one of the most common cosmetic dentistry procedures. Generally speaking, the positive effects of teeth whitening from a dentist can last for up to five years depending on the overall dental hygiene and exposure to tooth discoloration agents of the particular patient. Characteristic candidates for tooth whitening are those patients that are experiencing teeth that: have been darkened from normal wear and tear, stained from coffee, tea or dark soda, or discolored from cigarette smoking. Teeth that have become discolored yellow, brown, or orange can, in most cases, be remedied with teeth whitening procedures. We have also provided exceptional results for patients with stained teeth caused by fluorosis or tetracycline, although the results are not nearly as dramatic.
For patients with hypersensitive teeth, periodontal gum disease, or teeth with eroding enamel, additional treatment may be needed before they are a good candidate for tooth whitening treatment. White fillings or crowns cannot be whitened during the teeth whiting process, so in some cases they may need to be replaced to match your teeth’s new lighter color.
How does Opalescence® Boost teeth whitening work?
Dr. Schultz, our cosmetic dentist, recommends and offers both in-office and at-home teeth whitening systems. The Opalescence® Boost teeth whitening process can be carried out in the office in a single treatment which takes approximately one hour. The Opalescence® Boost whitening gel is the most effective whitening agent available, and it also incorporates fluoride and potassium nitrate which can offer additional cavity protection, deceased sensitivity, and stronger enamel. Unlike Zoom!® teeth whitening, the Opalescence® Boost process does not require the use of UV lights or heat which can dehydrate and weaken the tooth structure.
What can I expect during Opalescence® teeth whitening?
With the Opalescence® at-home teeth whitening technique, during the first appointment, Dr. Schultz will start by taking an impression of the teeth that you wish to be lightened. After you leave the office, the impression will be used to create a model of your teeth and to fabricate the whitening tray. Using the model, the thin clear whitening tray is constructed to fit perfectly over your teeth with a special reservoir for the whitening agent.
During your second visit, Dr. Schultz will demonstrate how to apply the whitening agent to the reservoir and how to position the tray in your mouth. The whitening agent is a specially formulated gel containing hydrogen peroxide and an ingredient to reduce tooth sensitivity. The whitening agent and tray are worn thirty minutes twice a day for one week or until desired degree of lightening is achieved. If the teeth begin to discolor over time, the use of the at-home bleaching tray for a day or two will usually restore brilliance to the teeth.