Tooth Whitening

Tooth whitening (or bleaching) is a simple, non-invasive dental treatment used to change the color of natural tooth enamel and is an ideal way to enhance the beauty of your smile.

Because having whiter teeth has now become the number one aesthetic concern of most patients, there are a number of ways to whiten teeth. We have found the best results occur when we combine in office and at home whitening. This will usually brighten your teeth several shades. Since tooth whitening only works on natural tooth enamel, it is important to evaluate replacement of any old fillings, crowns, etc. Replacement of any restorations will be done after bleaching so they will match the newly bleached teeth.

Tooth whitening is not permanent. A touch-up may be needed periodically, and more often if you smoke, drink coffee, tea, or red wine.

Reasons for tooth whitening:

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

What does tooth whitening procedure involve?

Tooth whitening involves one easy appointment. In the office a barrier is placed in your mouth to protect your gums and a peroxide gel is placed on your teeth. This gel is reapplied several times. After about one hour you will have whiter teeth. We will then provide you with trays to take home and continue to whiten your teeth to enhance your results. South River Dentistry uses Zoom, Rembrandt, Opalescence or Opalescence Go for this procedure.