Tooth color varies from person to person and can darken with age. Minerals, tobacco, antibiotics, foods, and beverages stain and discolor teeth. Results vary depending on several factors such as teeth stained from smoking or drinking coffee or tea or with the foods you eat. Bleaching will not lighten fillings or dental crowns or veneers. Whitening is also discouraged if you have severely sensitive teeth, decay, periodontal disease, worn enamel, or if you're pregnant or breast-feeding.
Tooth Whitening Options
Opalescence is available in our office. This is a professional strength whitening system only available to dental professionals. There are multiple patient benefits...
Opalescence Boost PF 38%
In-Office Power Bleach
Opalescence Boost is chemically activated, so it requires no light for whitening. Syringe-to-syringe mixing activates the product just prior to application. The activated 38% hydrogen peroxide is conveniently delivered via syringe and applied to teeth for whitening.
Opalescence PF 20%
Carbamide Peroxide with Potassium Nitrate and Fluoride
TV and Drug Store Tooth Whiteners
Many retail tooth whiteners use ineffective "one-size-fits-all" bleaching trays or strips. Others only cover a few teeth or require frequent touch-ups. These products do not achieve the same proven lasting results as professional treatment.
Keeping Your Whiter Smile
Your unique combination of good habits, foods, and tooth structure will influence long-term results. Non-smokers who drink no coffee or tea usually have little change in five years. Some patients need a slight "touch-up" treatment after several years.