Teeth Whitening

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.

Options

Custom tray whitening: Take-home whitening trays are safe, durable and molded from your teeth. Wear these trays each day to brighten your smile. Once your teeth are at your desired level of color, wear the trays occasionally to maintain your smile!

Zoom (in-office): Zoom is a scientifically advanced teeth-whitening procedure applied at the office. It’s ideal for those who want immediate results with just a one-hour treatment session, Zoom brightens your teeth with long-lasting results!

Kor Whitening (in-office): Kor Whitening Developed by cosmetic dentist Dr. Rod Kurthy has two options: the at-home system or Deep Bleaching, which is a blend of in-office, and at-home treatments. The procedure involves a custom-molded mouth tray with whitening gel that provides 6+ hours of active teeth whitening during sleep.

Boost (in-office): Unique, chemically activated system that offers results in less than one hour. Boost also contains potassium nitrate and fluoride to strengthen enamel, increase cavity prevention and decrease sensitivity.

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?

This type of tooth whitening usually requires two visits. At the first appointment, impressions (molds) will be made of your teeth to fabricate custom, clear plastic, trays.

At your second appointment, you will try on the trays for proper fit, and adjustments will be made if necessary. The trays are worn with special whitening solution either twice a day for 30 minutes or overnight for a couple of weeks depending on the degree of staining and desired level of whitening. It is normal to experience tooth sensitivity during the time you are whitening your teeth, but it will subside shortly after you have stopped bleaching.

You will receive care instructions for your teeth and trays, and be encouraged to visit your dentist regularly to help maintain a beautiful, healthy, white smile.