Bleaching and Whitening

Teeth Whitening – Teeth Bleaching

Teeth whitening or teeth bleaching are one of the most economical ways to enhance your smile compared to veneers and crowns.

A brighter smile gives the impression of youth, vitality and warmth and is often perceived as a healthy smile. Statistics also reveal that 99% believe a smile is an important asset and 75% think an unattractive smile can hurt a person’s chance for career success.

Famous Danish Musician Victor Borge once said: “The shortest distance between two people is a smile.”

Bleaching itself works very simply put by breaking down long discoloring molecules inside your teeth to smaller molecules that the eye cannot perceive. To do this we normally use either carbamide peroxide or hydrogen peroxide in varying concentrations.

teeth whiteningExternal Bleaching

We offer in-office or at home external bleaching. Studies have shown that at home bleaching results in less sensitivity and more white teeth compared to in-office. So we prefer to use at home bleaching for our patients but we also offer in-office bleaching for those who prefer this method.

For in office bleaching the procedure general takes about 1 hour. We apply a protective barrier to your gum tissue and then very strong bleach to your teeth.

For at home bleaching we take impression of your teeth and then make custom fitted bleaching trays. You can then either wear them for a few hours every day or sleep with them during the night. How long you have to wear them depends on how white you want your teeth, but in general 2-3 weeks is the norm. Once you have your bleaching trays, you can then easily do a touch-up bleaching once or twice a year to keep your teeth bright.

Internal Bleaching

Internal bleaching is also known as “walking bleach”. This can only be done to a tooth that has had a root canal. Often, a front tooth with a root canal has a history of trauma. The trauma discolors the inside of the tooth when the nerve dies. After doing the root canal, due to the trauma, the tooth will often still be discolored – normally a dark brown/blue color (See photos).

whitening tray

Using Internal Bleaching to improve the appearance of a dark front tooth:

  1. We place a special material inside the tooth to bleach it from the inside.
  2. We place a temporary filling on top of the material
  3. You then walk around with it for 1-2 weeks (hence the name).
  4. When the tooth has achieved a similar color to the neighboring teeth, we remove the bleaching material and place a very white filling to keep the tooth white for as long as possible.

Read our whitening blog post to learn more.