Whitening

Our dentists will be happy to book you in for a complimentary consultation to discuss which of the many whitening options would be best suited for your individual needs. There are multiple treatment options for whitening, whether it is take home trays, whitening in the office, or a combination approach.

By undergoing your whitening procedure in the office, you can experience dramatic results in a single appointment. Dr. Bazylak and Dr. Kilduff can use highly concentrated whitening agents to brighten your teeth quickly without damaging your enamel.

Before beginning your in-office treatment, your dental hygienist will clean and polish your teeth. This process ensures tartar build-up, food particles, and bacteria, do not interfere with the whitening agent.

Teeth whitening is a simple process. Whitening products contain one or two active ingredients, hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide. These break down stains which make the color less concentrated and your teeth brighter.

Over time, your teeth can go from white to not-so-bright for a number of reasons:

Food and Drink

Coffee, tea and red wine are some major staining culprits. What do they have in common? Intense color pigments called chromogens that attach to the white, outer part of your tooth enamel.

Tobacco Use

Two chemicals found in tobacco create stubborn stains: Tar and nicotine. Tar is naturally dark. Nicotine is colorless until it’s mixed with oxygen. Then, it turns into a yellowish, surface-staining substance.

Age

Below the hard, white outer shell of your teeth (enamel) is a softer area called dentin. Over time, the outer enamel layer gets thinner with brushing and more of the yellowish dentin shows through.

Trauma

If you’ve been hit in the mouth, your tooth may change color because it reacts to an injury by laying down more dentin, which is a darker layer under the enamel.

Medications

Tooth darkening can be a side effect of certain antihistamines, antipsychotics, and high blood pressure medications. Young children who are exposed to antibiotics like tetracycline and doxycycline when their teeth are forming (either in the womb or as a baby) may have discoloration of their adult teeth later in life. Chemotherapy and head and neck radiation can also darken teeth.
Teeth whiteners may not correct all types of discoloration. For example, yellow teeth will probably whiten well, brown teeth may not respond as well and teeth with gray tones may not whiten at all. Whitening will not work on veneers, crowns or fillings. It also will not be as effective if your tooth discoloration is caused by medications or a tooth injury.