Teeth Whitening System

If you are not content with the quality and look of your smile, you have many options to enhance your smile. Professional teeth whitening is a great way to bring back the brilliance and radiance of your smile. A whiter, brighter smile is a simple treatment away, and Quince Orchard Dental Care offers a few options for their patients to enjoy the benefits of teeth whitening. After a patient has been evaluated to determine if they are a good candidate for teeth whitening, they can discuss with Dr. Rouhanian the treatment options that will work best for them. We have two options available for teeth whitening: chair side and take home. With chair side whitening, you can your teeth can get up to 6 shades lighter. The take home kits get your teeth about 4 shades whiter.
Teeth Whitening System
Tray-Based Take Home Tooth Whiteners
Our tray-based tooth whitening systems involve filling a mouth guard-like tray with a gel whitening solution that contains a peroxide-bleaching agent. The tray is worn for a period of time, generally an hour a day or during the night for up to four weeks and even longer depending on the degree of discoloration and desired level of whitening.

In-Office Whitening
At Quince Orchard Dental Care teeth whitening is performed by a highly trained dental practitioner (a dentist or an authorized dental assistant). Our In-office bleaching provides the quickest way to whiten teeth. Proper isolation of the soft tissue is necessary prior to the bleaching in order to protect it. With our in-office bleaching, the whitening gel is applied to the teeth in 15 minute increments. Results are seen in within 60-minutes. But to achieve dramatic results, several appointments are usually needed.

Whitening is not recommended or will be less successful in the following circumstances:

  • Age and pregnancy issues. Bleaching is not recommended in children under the age of 16. This is because the pulp chamber, or nerve of the tooth, is enlarged until this age. Teeth whitening under this condition could irritate the pulp or cause it to become sensitive. We at Quince Orchard Dental Care do not recommend teeth whitening to pregnant or lactating women.
  • Sensitive teeth and allergies. Dr. Rouhanian discourages Individuals with sensitive teeth and gums, receding gums, and/or defective restorations in using a tooth-whitening system. Anyone allergic to peroxide (the whitening agent) should not use a bleaching product.
  • Gum disease, worn enamel, cavities, and exposed roots.   Individuals with gum disease or teeth with worn enamel are generally discouraged from undergoing a tooth-whitening procedure.
  • Cavities need to be treated before undergoing any whitening procedure. This is because the whitening solutions penetrate into any existing decay and the inner areas of the tooth, which can cause sensitivity. Also, whitening procedures will not work on exposed tooth roots, because roots do not have an enamel layer.
  • Fillings, crowns, and other restorations. Tooth-colored fillings and resin composite materials used in dental restorations (crowns, veneers, bonding, bridges) do not whiten. Therefore, using a whitening agent on teeth that contain restorations will result in uneven whitening. Any whitening procedure should be done prior to the placement of restorations. Individuals with numerous restorations may be better off considering bonding, veneers, or crowns rather than a tooth whitening system. Ask Our Dentists at Quince Orchard Dental Care what strategy is best for you.
  • Smoker’s expectations. Smokers need to be aware that their results will be limited unless they refrain from continued smoking, particularly during the bleaching process.
  • Darkly stained teeth. Yellowish teeth respond well to bleaching, brownish-colored teeth respond less well and grayish-hue or purple-stained teeth may not respond to bleaching at all. Teeth that have dark stains may be better candidates for another lightening option, such as veneers, bonding, or crowns. Your dentist can discuss the options best suited for you.

Risks Associated With Teeth Whitening

The two side effects that occur most often with teeth whitening are a temporary increase in tooth sensitivity and mild irritation of the soft tissues of the mouth, particularly the gums. Tooth sensitivity often occurs during early stages of the bleaching treatment. Tissue irritation most commonly results from an ill-fitting mouthpiece tray rather than the tooth-bleaching agent. Both of these conditions usually are temporary and disappear within one to three days of stopping or completing treatment. If you do experience sensitivity, you can reduce or eliminate it by:

  • Wearing the tray for a shorter period of time (for example, 30-minute sessions vs. 60-minute sessions).
  • Stop whitening your teeth for two to three days to allow teeth to adjust to the whitening process.
  • Brushing teeth with a toothpaste made for sensitive teeth. These toothpastes contain potassium nitrate, which helps soothe the teeth’s nerve endings.

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