Dr. Jonathan A. Ornstil, D.D.S.
Dr. Jonathan A. Ornstil, D.D.S.
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bleaching What is tooth bleaching?

Tooth bleaching is a process that lightens discolorations of enamel and dentin. The system uses a mild solution retained in a custom-fitted tray that is worn over your mouth.

What causes tooth discoloration?

There are many causes. The most commmon include aging, consumption of staining substances (coffee, tea, colas, tobacco), trauma, nerve degeneration, and old restorations.

Who may benefit from tooth bleaching?

Almost anyone. However, there are some cases where the treatment may not be effective. A dentist may determine viable candidates for the process through a thorough oral examination and diagnosis.

Is the process safe?

YES! Research and clinical studies indicate that whitening teeth with carbamide peroxide under the supervision of a dentist is safer for teeth and gums. In fact, many dentists consider this whitening process the safest cosmetic dental procedure available today.

How does it work?

The whitening gel is placed in a thin bleaching tray that fits over your teeth. As the active ingredient in the gel, carbamide peroxide, is broken down, oxygen enters the enameland dentin and bleaches the colored substances. The structure of the tooth is not changed; only the tooth color is made lighter.

How long does it take?

Results are usually seen after the first application. Maximum results generally occur when the process is continued for 10 - 14 nights.

Are there any side effects?

Some people experience temporary increased tooth sensitivity to cold during the treatment. These symptoms disappear within 1 - 3 days after interruption of the treatment.

How long do the results last?

The teeth will always be lighter than they once were. However, some patients may need a tooth whitening "touch up" for 1 - 2 days, once or twice a year. In order to maintain the whitest tooth shade possible, it is best to avoid substances like coffee, tea, red wine, and tobacco.


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