Tooth Whitening/Bleaching

Everybody loves a bright white smile, and there are a variety of products and procedures available to help you improve the look of yours. Many people are satisfied with the sparkle they get from brushing with whitening toothpaste, however; if you decide you would like to go beyond this to make your smile look brighter, you should investigate the at home bleaching option.

Your teeth are made up of a soft inner dentin layer and a hard, semi-porous outer enamel layer. When you eat, smoke, drink or chew, a sticky film gradually forms on top of the enamel. Over time, this sticky film allows foreign compounds to penetrate into the porous enamel layer, creating stains.

This is where tooth whiteners come in. The whiteners use bleaching chemicals to penetrate into the enamel and remove (bleach) the staining compounds. Dentist-supervised tooth whitening involves the controlled use of carbamide peroxide, tailored to a particular patient. At-home systems will often use 10 – 20% carbamide peroxide gels and include sodium fluoride to reduce sensitivity and strengthen teeth. To begin the at-home procedure, visit us and ask about tooth whitening.