Teeth Whitening

Teeth Whitening

Tooth whitening (or tooth bleaching) is a simple dental treatment used to brighten the color of natural tooth enamel and is an ideal way to improve the beauty of your smile.

Reasons for Tooth Whitening

Tooth discoloration can happen for many reasons, and leads to patients often seeking out teeth whitening treatments to improve the brightness of teeth that have suffered from:

  • Fluorosis (excessive fluoridation during tooth development).
  • Normal wear of outer tooth layer.
  • Stained teeth due to medications (tetracycline, etc.).
  • Yellow, brown stained teeth.

There are many ways to whiten teeth; the most popular method is using a tooth whitening kit from the dentist that will dramatically whiten teeth. Teeth whitening only works on natural tooth enamel, so Dr. Espili will evaluate the replacement of any old fillings, crowns, etc., before providing the treatment.Any restorations that may need replacement will be done 2 weeks after bleaching so they will match the shade of the newly bleached teeth. A touch-up may be needed every few years, and more often if you smoke or drink coffee, tea, or wine.

Professional Teeth Whitening vs. Take-Home Whitening Kits

In-office whitening takes place in office under the supervision of Dr. Espili in one visit. The result will be achieved faster than the traditional home bleaching method.

On the other hand, preparing for a home teeth whitening kit usually requires two visits. At the first appointment, Dr. Espili will create molds of your teeth to make custom, clear trays.During your second appointment, Dr. Espili will let you try the trays to test their fit; any adjustments that need to be made will be done accordingly. Once you take the kit home, you are to wear these trays with a whitening solution that Dr. Espili will also provide you with. The combination is worn for either twice a day for 30 minutes or overnight for a couple of weeks depending on the degree of staining and desired level of whitening.

After a teeth whitening treatment—whether from our office or at home—it is normal to experience tooth sensitivity during the time you are whitening your teeth, but this will subside not long after you have stopped your treatment.

You will receive care instructions for your teeth and trays, and be encouraged to visit Dr. Espili regularly to help maintain a beautiful, healthy, white smile. If you’re interested in giving your smile a new, bright shine, book an appointment with our office today!