Teeth Whitening and Bleaching
Over time, teeth can become stained or discolored, especially after smoking, taking certain medications, or consuming foods and beverages such as coffee and tea. Using a chemical process, the dentist can bleach your teeth in one of two ways. They can do an in-office procedure or provide you with a system to use at home.
Sometimes, the dentist makes a custom tray that ensures the whitening solution’s right amount reaches the teeth. The whitening at home is more convenient. But it can take two to four weeks or longer depending on the strength of the peroxide used. In-office whitening can take place in one or more 1- to 2-hour visits. Keep in mind; the teeth become stained again if you continue exposing them to the same substances that originally stained them. Because whitening products are not meant to clean teeth, it is still important to continue practicing daily oral hygiene by brushing twice a day, flossing at least once a day, and rinsing with an antiseptic mouthwash daily. If you are interested in getting your teeth whitened, speak to one of our dentists near you at Dental TMJ Sleep Apnea.