Having a beautiful smile may be even easier than you think. Many people achieve the look they’ve been dreaming of with our simple “bleaching” procedure. The Opalesence Custom Tray Whitening System that we use here at Gherardi & Moore uses proprietary technology to whiten your teeth an average of eight shades in a period of about two weeks. This whitening system allows you to whiten you teeth by wearing trays overnight or by wearing a tray for as little as 30 minutes per day. The advantage of this system is that the whitening solution has time to penetrate deeply into the enamel and leave your teeth as white as any system will get them with minimum sensitivity and permanent results!
What can cause tooth discoloration?
There are many causes. The most common include aging and consumption of staining substances such as coffee, tea or tobacco. During tooth formation consumption of tetracycline, certain antibiotics or excessive fluoride or other minerals may also cause tooth discoloration.
Who may benefit from tooth whitening?
Just about anyone can benefit from tooth whitening. However, treatment may not be as effective for some as it is for others. With an oral exam, Dr. Gherardi, Dr. Moore and Dr. Gherardi can determine if you are a candidate for this procedure, including a shade assessment.
What are the details of teeth whitening?
It’s safe, quick, and inexpensive. Just let us know at any appointment if you would like to whiten your teeth. Most likely, we can get impressions the same day. We make the custom trays here in the office and they are usually ready within a week – we will make an appointment for you to to pick them up. You can lighten only your upper teeth or both the upper and lower, depending on how much you show when you talk and smile.
At your next appointment, we provide you with instructions and a kit that includes your custom trays, fluoride, and a special bleaching agent that you put into the clear, custom trays. The special bleaching agent bubbles stains right out of your enamel in a very short time without altering tooth structure or existing dental work in any way. When your teeth reach the desired brightness, only occasional treatment is needed to maintain your new smile.
Dental bleaching can be used to correct tooth discoloration. Discolorations can be caused by staining, aging, or chemical damage to teeth. In cases of extreme tooth discoloration, crowns or veneers may be the only choice, but because of the low cost of bleaching treatments, bleaching is nearly always worth a solid try.
How is teeth whitening done?
Key Benefits of Teeth Whitening
- Corrects brown, yellow and spotted tooth staining
- Works on people of any age
- Is a near-permanent solution for a “dull” smile, restoring brightness and brings a smile alive
Your custom bleach trays are made to hold the special bleaching agent against your teeth. The material is used for the recommended time depending on the strength, and at the end of this time, significant whitening will occur. In some cases, the change is nothing short of brilliant. For confidence in appearance, bleaching technology allows us to promise improvements in yellowing, aging or stained teeth. For very severely stained teeth, crowns or porcelain veneers may be more appropriate.
Considerations for Teeth Whitening
Over-the-counter bleaching agents are available for purchase at drug stores and pharmacies. However, since these products can cause harm to the gums and teeth, it’s better to use products that our practice recommends. Over-the-counter tooth whitening strips, brush-on gels and toothpastes take weeks or months to whiten your teeth just a few shades. Many over the counter whiteners use an acid base to speed tooth penetration, and this can harm enamel.
Is tooth whitening becoming more popular?
Absolutely! A bright, beautiful smile can make a big difference. Our bleaching systems make it easier and faster than ever before.
Is tooth whitening safe?
Yes, research and clinical studies indicate that whitening teeth under the supervision of a dentist is safe. In fact, many dentists consider whitening the safest cosmetic dental procedure available. Our products are specially buffered so as not to erode or damage the natural tooth enamel. As with any tooth whitening product, whitening is not recommended for children under 13 years of age and pregnant or lactating women.
Do the results last a long time?
By following some simple post-whitening care instructions, your teeth will always be lighter than they were before. We recommend flossing, brushing twice daily. Touch ups can be done easily with one or two applications if desired. These are professional formula products designed specifically to keep your teeth their brightest. They are available through our office.
Is there any difference between over-the-counter tooth whiteners and custom bleach trays?
Yes! Consulting Drs. Gherardi, Moore and Gherardi is always the first step to whitening your teeth safely.
How does the whitening work?
The active ingredient in Opalesence is Carbamide Peroxide. It is a tamed-down, stable version of hydrogen peroxide. As the peroxide is broken down, oxygen enters the enamel and dentin, bleaching any colored substance while keeping the structure of the tooth unchanged.
Is the whitening procedure painful?
No. There is no pain during whitening. You can sleep with the trays in.
Are there any side effects?
Some people experience temporary increased tooth sensitivity to cold during treatment. These symptoms disappear within 1-3 days after interruption or completion of the treatment. We supply a fluoride gel to use in conjunction with the whitening to control this sensitivity if necessary.
How long will it take to whiten my teeth?
The entire whitening process takes about two weeks. The treatments can be done while sleeping or during another time daily. If you miss a day, no problem. The whitening results are cumulative each time you wear the trays.
If you prefer teeth that are whiter over a few nights while you sleep, Drs. Gherardi, Moore and Gherardi have your answer with Opalesence Whitening!
For just a little brightening we have Opalesence strips that are available for a reduced fee and are much more effective than strips you can buy in the store.
Paint-on gels are a waste of time. Whitening “lights” that supposedly speed up the procedure have been shown to have no effect and actually create the need for a stronger bleaching solution. This causes more sensitivity. Most whitening procedures with lights require multiple appointments, and they are much more expensive and not any more effective than the use-at-home trays.