One of the simplest and least invasive ways to enhance your smile is whitening your teeth.
Whiter teeth has in fact become one of patients' primary aesthetic concerns when it comes to one's smile; as such, there have been some very effective tooth-whitening methods developed in recent years.
How does whitening work?
Tooth whitening, or bleaching, literally lightens tooth enamel to create a brighter, cleaner look. It's important to note that tooth whitening works only on natural tooth enamel; it is best to evaluate the need for any restoration replacement before the bleaching process, and have replacement done after bleaching.
As restorations (caps, crowns, etc.) are matched to existing tooth color, they are best matched to the new, lighter shade.
Is this permanent?
Tooth whitening is lasting, but not permanent; every several years, a "touch-up" may be needed – especially if one drinks coffee, tea, or wine on a regular basis. Smoking also affects the life of bleaching results.
Why try tooth-whitening?
- If your teeth have become stained or yellowed over the years
- If medications has stained or darkened your teeth
- If you've experienced excessive fluoridation during tooth development (fluorosis)