Whitening in a nutshell | Blog

Most everyone loves a bright, white smile and a variety of products and procedures available to help you enhance yours. Many people are completely satisfied with the glow they get from daily brushing and routine dental cleanings, while some people would like to go beyond this and make their smiles brighter. But before just diving into a product it is preferred to speak with your dentist beforehand.

Whitening does not correct all types of discoloration. For a smile with a yellowish hue, the teeth will most likely whiten very well, however a brownish colored smile may not whiten that well. Now a grayish hued smile may not whiten at all. Bleaching your teeth will not enhance your smile if you have tooth colored fillings (bonding), or crowns/bridge work done. If you have any of these restorations done on your front teeth you may want to discuss this situation with your dentist.

If you are a patient that would be a candidate for whitening, there are several ways to achieve a whiter smile:

  • In office whitening: This option has different varieties dependent on the dental office. Typically this is done in one visit with products like Zoom!, Kor, Lumibrite, etc. The bleaching agent is applied to the teeth after a protective shield is placed on the soft tissues. With some of these procedures lasers or special lights may be used to enhance the action of the bleaching agent.
  • Take home whitening: This option usually requires you to do into your dental office to have impressions taken. With these impressions custom trays are created and designed specifically to fit to your teeth. Your trays will also come with a bleaching gel that you will use inside the trays to whiten at home. 
  • Whitening toothpastes: All toothpastes will assist in removing surface stains with mild abrasives. Whitening toothpastes within the ADA Seal of Acceptance have unique chemicals or polishing agents that deliver additional stain removal. Unlike dental whitening products these products do not change the color of the teeth because they only remove the surface stains.

Please remember that all whitening products have potential side effects, including sensitivity or gum tissue irritation. Also remember when selecting a whitening or any dental product to look for the ADA Seal of Acceptance.

As always, thank you for being part of our practice family!