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Teeth 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. The most popular method is using a home teeth whitening system
that will whiten teeth dramatically. Since teeth 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.
Teeth whitening is not permanent. A touch-up may
be needed every several years, and more often if you smoke, drink coffee, tea,
Reasons for teeth whitening:
What does teeth whitening involve?
This type of teeth whitening usually requires two
visits. At the first appointment, impressions (molds) will be made of
your teeth to fabricate custom, clear plastic, trays.
At your second appointment, you will try on the trays
for proper fit, and adjustments will be made if necessary. The trays are
worn with special whitening solution 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. It is normal to experience tooth sensitivity during
the time you are whitening your teeth, but it will subside shortly after you
have stopped bleaching.
You will receive care instructions for your teeth and
trays, and be encouraged to visit your dentist regularly to help maintain a
beautiful, healthy, white smile.
Using Natural Minerals to aid in Whitening: Recaldent or MI-Paste
Actual patient treated by Dr. Chao
This young 32 year old woman didn't know when her teeth started to turn brown. Another dentist told her that she needed to have the dark stains "ground out" and replaced with fillings. Through a process of using topical minerals (MI Paste Plus*), whitening, and custom-fitted trays, we were able to lift out the dark stains, brighten her teeth, AND preserve tooth structure!
To learn more about MI-Paste: www.mi-paste.com/about.php
Please visit our Dental Videos section to learn more about each of these procedures.
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