When Teeth Bleaching Works Best
Teeth bleaching is a chemical approach to whitening your teeth. It works best when your teeth have been stained by organic molecules that get trapped in your tooth enamel. The teeth bleaching can break down the organic molecules related to stains such as:
- Red wine
- Dark beer
If this is the source of your staining, teeth bleaching will dramatically whiten your teeth.
However, teeth bleaching won’t help to whiten teeth that are discolored because of:
- Your natural enamel color
- Thin enamel
- Injury to a tooth
- Defects in enamel
- The presence of metal amalgam fillings or other metal restorations
Some people’s tooth enamel isn’t as white as others. Our enamel also thins with age, and if your enamel is too thin and shows the yellowish dentin underneath, teeth whitening may actually make your smile look more discolored. Teeth that are discolored from within due to defects or tooth trauma also won’t respond to bleaching. In these cases, porcelain veneers or dental crowns might be recommended to get the results you desire.
How Teeth Bleaching Works
We offer at-home teeth bleaching. This means that you will do the whitening at home and see gradual results over time. The benefit of this approach is that your teeth will whiten gradually — it won’t be a huge shock to your friends and coworkers — and you can achieve better results than with a one-session instant whitening.
We will custom-craft a whitening tray that fits snugly over your teeth. We’ll make sure the fit is right before you leave our office. We will also give you instructions on how to use the whitening gel — how much to put in and how long to use it. Initially, you will wear the whitening tray every night, but once your smile achieves its maximum whiteness after a few weeks, you can skip wearing it most nights, just putting it in occasionally for maintenance.
Benefits of Professional Whitening
These days, there are many over-the-counter whiteners that you can purchase. These are safe and effective when used according to the directions. However, there are many reasons why professional whitening can give you better results:
- A checkup will confirm whether teeth will respond to whitening
- Stronger whitening gel means more whitening faster
- Custom-fit tray ensures even whitening