Teeth whitening is a cosmetic dental treatment for whitening the enamel or outer layer of the teeth. Over the years, our teeth get darker due to consumption of food and beverages that cause staining, including coffee, tea, and red wine. The use of tobacco products and medications like tetracycline also darken the teeth.
Whitening of the teeth involves a bleaching process using peroxide gel that is applied over the enamel using a mouth guard-like tray. There are two general options for teeth whitening: in-office and at-home whitening.
Patients with stained teeth caused by medications should opt for in-office whitening, which provides deep bleaching of the teeth. During the procedure, the dentist will place a protective cream over your gums. Then, the whitening gel is applied to the teeth and a laser may be used to speed up the whitening process. Depending on how white you want your teeth to be, or the severity of the discoloration, you may need more than one visit to complete the process.
This type of whitening is cheaper but the results may take longer to achieve. You’ll need around 10-15 treatments, using a kit which contains 10% carbamide peroxide solution and a customized tray/mouth guard.
When you have achieved the results you desire, we recommend that you do a touch-up whitening 1-2x a year so you can maintain your sparkling white smile.
Teeth whitening is one of the easiest and fastest ways to improve your looks and boost your confidence. If you’re interested in this procedure, please call our office in Fort Myers at (239) 939-7070 to schedule an appointment.