Teeth whitening is the process of bleaching the tooth enamel by removing intrinsic and extrinsic stains so the teeth can better reflect light. This creates a whiter appearance of the teeth. Our Fremont team achieves this by applying a whitening agent that contains hydrogen or carbamide peroxide.
Peroxide increases the porosity of the teeth so it can penetrate deeper into the tooth’s layers, below the enamel. Peroxide contains volatile oxygen molecules that break down the chemical bonds that hold onto staining molecules through oxidation. This removes not only surface stains, but deeper intrinsic stains that cause discoloration of the teeth.
Teeth whitening can last for up to 3 years with proper care.
At your consultation, Dr. Lamprecht will examine your teeth to ensure you’re in good oral health and determine which whitening option is most suitable for your goals.
To prepare for take-home whitening, we will need to take impressions of your teeth.
To prepare for in-office whitening, we will place a cheek protractor in your mouth and prevent the whitening gel from touching your gums with a protective gel.
The whitening agent will be applied directly to your teeth in the dental chair or will be applied to your whitening trays depending on your treatment.
To relieve tooth sensitivity, we will advise you to use desensitizing gel and toothpaste for sensitive teeth.
Red wine, coffee, tea, and smoking should be avoided after teeth whitening because they can cause tooth discoloration.
Teeth whitening improves discoloration and staining of the teeth which in turn improves your confidence in your smile. This can open up many doors for you by making you more likely to go to social events, take photos, and feel secure in yourself. This can have a snowball effect on your social, romantic, and professional life.
Yes, sensitivity is a common side effect of teeth whitening as a result of demineralization of the tooth enamel. However, it’s only temporary and will wear off within 48 hours as your teeth remineralize. In the meantime, you can use toothpaste for sensitive teeth as well as desensitizing gel to get relief. Avoid extremely hot and cold foods if it is causing you discomfort.
Studies show that people with whiter teeth are more likely to score a job interview or get a promotion.