Teeth can become stained or discolored by food, drink, smoking, age, injury, or taking certain medications. Whitening the teeth is the number one aesthetic concern of many patients and there are many products and methods available to accomplish this. Dr Yash is happy to discuss the options available to you.
Teeth darken or discolor for a variety of reasons. As we age the outer layer of enamel wears away leaving a darker or yellow color. Smoking, drinking coffee, tea, and wine also contribute to tooth discoloration. Teeth can also become discolored by taking certain medications as a child or from excessive fluoridation during tooth development.
Professional teeth whitening is a simple dental treatment which changes the color of the natural tooth enamel. There are products available over-the-counter as well, but they are much less effective than the treatment you can get in a dental office.
It is important for Dr Yash to evaluate your teeth to determine if you are a good candidate for bleaching. Sometimes if tetracycline or fluoride stains are too difficult to bleach, you may want to consider other options such as veneers or crowns that would cover the stains. Teeth whitening only works on natural tooth enamel so you may want to consider replacing old fillings or crowns so that they match your newly whitened teeth.
Some patients report tooth sensitivity after having their teeth whitened. This feeling is temporary and will go away shortly after the bleaching process is completed.
Teeth whitening is not permanent so it may be necessary for a touch-up to keep your teeth bright.
Types of professional teeth whitening systems:
Home teeth whitening: Dr Yash will make a custom fitted mouthguard or tray created from a mold of your teeth. You will use a whitening gel in the tray and wear it either twice a day for 30 minutes or overnight. Usually it takes several weeks to achieve the desired level of whitening.
In office teeth whitening: Dr Yash uses the Zoom system. A bleaching solution is applied to the teeth, then a light is used to enhance the bleaching action. This technique will yield immediate results but may require more than one visit.
KoR bleaching: The KöR deep bleaching system is a whitening system invented by an internationally renowned cosmetic dentist and whitening science expert, Dr. Rod Kurthy. It is by far the most reliable, effective whitening system ever developed. In fact, the KöR system is so effective it is the only recognized bleaching system that whitens even tetracycline-stained teeth in a short time. The amazing KöR whitening results are typically achieved with little or no sensitivity. This system uses a custom bleaching tray with special gel to be worn at home for at least two weeks plus one or two whitening visits to our dental office. The KöR whitening system is 100% guaranteed or your money back.
If you have any questions or concerns about teeth whitening, please call or contact our office.