For a brighter smile
Teeth whitening is ideal for people who have healthy, unrestored teeth (no fillings) and gums. Individuals with yellow-toned teeth respond best.
Tray-based teeth whitening systems involve filling a mouthguard-like tray with a gel whitening solution. The whitening solution contains a peroxide bleaching agent. Patients wear the tray for a couple hours per day or while they sleep for up to four weeks.
Madison Family Dental Answers Commonly Asked Questions About Teeth Whitening
How long do the whitening effects last?
Whitening is not permanent. People who expose their teeth to foods and beverages that cause staining may see the whiteness fade over time. These individuals may need to do another whitening treatment or touch-up as needed.
How white will my teeth get?
The degree of whiteness will vary from individual to individual, depending on the condition of the teeth, nature of the stains, type of bleaching system used, and length of use.
Will my teeth be sensitive after whitening?
Some patients experience sensitivity, which usually improves within a day. There is also a desensitizing agent that can be placed in the trays to help decrease the sensitivity.
What causes discoloration of my teeth?
Tooth enamel discoloration can be caused by staining, aging, or chemical damage to teeth. Some of the more common causes of teeth discoloration are medications, coffee, tea, colas, and cigarettes.