The Ease of Tooth Whitening
Matthew Norman, DDS and Michelle Phillips, RDH
Who doesn’t want their teeth a little whiter and brighter? The number one question we get asked at Norman Dental about teeth whitening is: “Is it safe for my teeth?” The answer…Absolutely, it is completely safe for your teeth!
Our whitening process at Norman Dental requires three appointments. At your first appointment, we will take impressions of your teeth. We use these impressions to pour exact models of your teeth that are used to build custom whitening trays specifically for your mouth. We will also take pre-treatment photos of your teeth and record the current shade or color. This only takes about 15-20 minutes. During the second appointment, two to three days later, we will deliver your trays to you. We try your trays in to make sure everything fits okay, and go over all instructions as to how use your trays…how and where to place the bleaching material in your trays, how long to wear them, and answer any questions you may have. The third appointment, usually two weeks later, is a follow-up to see how your bleaching process is going. We will also take post-treatment photos and record the new shade of your teeth. The pre and post-treatment photos allow us to visually assess the whitening that has occurred over the two weeks and will help you to see the progress which has been made.
Your initial bleaching process will take approximately four weeks. Whitening is very subjective, so if you’re not satisfied after four weeks, you may continue treatment longer. On the other hand, if you’re happy with the progress before four weeks is up, you may stop early. After the initial process, you will need to “touch-up” your whitening. Most people do this once or twice a year. A convenient time to do this is just after your hygiene visit…your teeth are clean from any stains or tartar, and if you need more bleaching material, it’s convenient to pick up more.
Unfortunately, tooth whitening is not for everyone. If someone has several areas of tooth decay, or lots of restorative work (crowns, fillings, etc.) on front teeth, bleaching isn’t going to be suitable for you. Our team at Norman Dental can assist you in identifying if you’re a good candidate for teeth whitening.