Whitening (Bleaching)

Today, there are three types of tooth-whitening procedures. The best procedure for you is determined by the type of teeth that you have, how quickly you want to achieve a lighter color, and your habits.

The enamel covering your teeth is somewhat translucent, which allows the dentin under it to show through. Dentin is yellow, but it can darken as we get older. Smoking can discolor your teeth. Certain foods can stain the enamel. Together, these factors create darkened teeth, and brushing alone cannot restore their appearance.

Your teeth will dictate how well the bleaching process works, and how quickly the color will change. Teeth that are porous are the most easily bleached, but they are also the most susceptible to cavities. Dense teeth will take longer to bleach, and may never become as white as porous teeth.

Over-The-Counter

Many, many types of consumer whitening kits have become available over the last few years. Most of them are inexpensive, and they generally work well. If an over-the-counter regimen works well for you, then it's the way to go. Not all of them work the same way, so make sure you read the instructions and follow them closely to achieve the best results.

Prescribed In-Home Kits

We offer several good bleaching kits that are used at home. Your progress will be monitored, and we can usually achieve a good result. Generally, we recommend bleaching prior to performing permanent dental work such as veneers. That way, we can match the new tooth structure to your whitest, brightest smile.

In-office Procedures

For those who don't have the time to deal with a bleaching routine, or those who find that other solutions have not provided them with the results they want, we offer several different procedures, including light-activated and laser whitening systems.

Remember, the nature of your teeth will determine the amount of success you have with any of these procedures. Please call our office at 972.596.1811 for more information.