Teeth whitening is a very simple procedure. You come into the office and we take impressions of your teeth. From those impressions, we make a custom tray that fits your teeth snugly. The tray is thin and clear so that people won’t even be able to tell you’re wearing it.
After about two weeks of wearing this for a period of time each day, your teeth will be dramatically whiter.
Don’t confuse this professional whitening system with weak and ineffective over-the-counter products. Powerful professional agents are required to effectively penetrate the tooth structure and permanently eliminate stains. Professional tooth whitening will not only remove the stains that have accumulated over the years, but your teeth will be whiter than they have ever been.
Twenty-five years ago if you wanted whiter, more sparkling teeth because your teeth were yellow or dingy, your only option was to drill down the teeth to stubs and put crowns, caps, or jackets over them. I know this because over the years I have seen many patients who have done just this. The problem with this is that although crowns can and sometimes do last a good long time, they do have a functional and esthetic lifespan after which they will and do need to be redone and replaced. Depending upon the age of the patient when they are originally placed, this may have to be done many and multiple times over a person’s lifetime, as some of you may have experienced.
The continued trauma of placing and removing dental restorations, eventually if not sooner takes its toll on the teeth and they often die and need their nerve and blood supply removed (root canal therapy) which further compromises the health, strength, and integrity of the tooth, and ultimately if further decay or gum disease ensues, which is often the case in these teeth which are repeatedly treated, the eventual outcome may even be the loss of teeth, when all the patient originally wanted was a whiter, brighter smile! I have seen this exact situation far too many times than I care to tell you.
The advent of porcelain veneers in the early 80s certainly improved the situation because far less, maybe even no tooth structure, needed to be removed, and an artistic dentist could create a beautiful white natural smile.