This may be the treatment of the New Millennium! We all want to look our best to greet the day with a bright beautiful smile.
There are many different causes for tooth staining. The most common ones are staining by food and beverages. Tetracycline antibiotics or nerve degeneration can also cause discoloration. Bleaching is effective for all of these type of stains.
The best part of bleaching is that you are in control. Bleaching can be done at home. A quick visit to my office, a simple impression, and then on your return visit you will leave with your bleaching kit. You decide when and how often to bleach your teeth.
Bleaching has never been safer or more effective . There is actually no bleach involved at all. A clear flavored gel made up of carbamide peroxide is applied in the bleach tray or strip. The tray should be worn for a couple of hours during the day, as needed.
As the carbamide peroxide (super oxygenated water) is broken down, oxygen enters the enamel and bleaches the coloured tooth structure. The structure of the tooth is not changed only the tooth surface is made lighter. Teeth may need to be re-bleached for two or three applications every three to six months.
Occasionally, sensitivity is experienced. When that occurs I suggest alternating the use of the bleaching product and a desensitizing fluoride agent.
I am delighted with the results of bleaching to whiten teeth, especially in our teenagers who feel so much better about their smiles.