The natural color of teeth is not white. They are typically a shade of either yellow or gray and tooth color varies from person to person.The procedure to whiten teeth is fairly simple but there are some rules that need to be followed to achieve and maintain good results.
Please see the Whitening Gallery to see the types of results we can achieve with whitening procedures.
Why Teeth Get Discolored
There are many reasons why teeth can become discolored. The major reasons are:
- Diet – Drinking tea, coffee, red wine or other food and drink with strong colorings.
- Smoking – Smoking can result in teeth appearing a yellowish color.
- Age – As people grow older their teeth can become darker naturally.
- Tooth decay, fillings and tartar build-up can cause discoloration.
- Trauma – Teeth have nerves and blood vessels inside them. If these nerves and blood vessels are damaged the tooth may become darker – even several years after the trauma.
- Medication – Staining can be caused by diseases or medicines. Tetracycline, an antibiotic, will cause a distinct discoloration if given to a child whose adult teeth are still developing.
Ask us how your teeth can be 5-10 shades whiter in one hour! Restore your smile to its natural luster. EZ White Pro One Hour Lightning Gel and Sapphire bleaching light can whiten teeth an average of 5-10 shades in one hour. It is safe and formulated to prevent sensitivity.
Whiter Smile After Teeth Whitening – 13 shades lighter in under an hour!
How long will whitening last?
Since the results vary from patient to patient there is no firm answer. We do know that teeth tend to become darker as time passes, so touch-up treatments are occasionally needed to keep the teeth lightened. Your eating, drinking, smoking and home care habits definitely have an effect on how long the treatment lasts. Remember that the base shade of teeth is yellow or white and that we cannot whiten this base color. However, most patients are very satisfied with the results of whitening treatments.
What are the side effects?
Some patients report a temporary increase in sensitivity. Tender gums are also a known side effect especially if you are whitening at home and use too much of the whitening solution. Remember that a little is good, and a lot will not make your teeth any whiter.
Is everyone a candidate for whitening?
NO! There is no whitening solution for most dental work such as fillings, crowns, veneers, or partial or full dentures. If the color of your teeth matches the color of your dental work before whitening, the color of your teeth will most likely be different from the color of your dental work after whitening. You are making a commitment to replacing those restorations if you whiten your teeth. We typically wait a few weeks after any whitening treatment to replace these restorations since we want to match the new color and we want the color to stabilize before choosing a color for the new restorations.
Your gums must also be healthy and any decay must be treated since both of these can be a cause of sensitivity during whitening treatments.
Teeth whitening is not recommended for children whose teeth are still developing or for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding.