We have been doing in office and take home Bleaching / Whitening for over 30 years now. As with everything else in dentistry, the technology, products, and techniques have vastly improved over the years. One thing we have learned is that there is no single technique or length of treatment that will work for everybody. We really need to see your teeth to make this determination. Some people have already tried an over the counter product like Crest White Strips, or a Brite Smile or Zoom Light treatment over the years, and were never completely satisfied, and wanted something better and more long lasting. We use products from Philips, formerly owned by Discus Dental, the world leader in this field. These products are unique in that incorporate a desensitizer with the whitening gel itself. We also provide you with prescription strength desensitizing toothpaste for the treatment. If you are sensitive, we also dispense a prescription rise. For the ultra sensitive, we will lower the strength of the whitening gel, and give you a desensitizing gel to put in your bleaching trays to wear for an hour during the day. We will also monitor your progress weekly or bi-weekly, and modify anything along the way to achieve the best possible results.
As to whether the take home tray whitening system, or a Laser Light treatment is best for you, or a combination of both – again, we need to see your teeth, and discuss a few things with you. One thing is undeniable however – and just common sense – there is no way a 1 hour office session under a light can give the same total coverage, whitening, and long lasting results as 6 weeks (the average tray system treatment time) of nightly home tray use. As a matter of fact Philips recommends that you follow up their ZOOM Light treatment with 2 weeks of home tray use.
The most difficult situation to whiten is when there is tetracycline staining, or a dark dead tooth in front. But with perseverance, a vastly improved result can be obtained. With Tetracycline staining, usually 3 months of the tray system will give maximum results. The gels we dispense are not harmful to the teeth – so no damage can occur – and if the teeth become sensitive during treatment – within 48 hours of ending the treatment, the sensitivity is totally gone.
If the tooth is root canaled – then internal bleaching is done 1st. The back filling where the root canal was done is drilled out, along with any dark debris, until the canal opening is found. A cotton pellet saturated with superoxol – a super strong hydrogen peroxide, is placed in the canal, and the tooth is sealed with a temporary filling. This process is repeated 3 times over 3 weeks. Then the tooth is filled permanently with a super white composite. After that it is followed up with tray whitening for several weeks of all the teeth of that jaw. Most often you can postpone or avoid a crown that way.
Come in for a Free Consultation. Teeth Whitening does wonders for your smile and self confidence.