This procedure is used to make teeth whiter, and therefore more attractive.
There are many methods for whitening teeth from store bought “strips” to custom lab fabricated trays and even in office whitening. The most common method involves having impressions taken from which laboratory fabricated custom vinyl trays are made. A carbamide peroxide gel is placed in these trays and the trays with gel are worn anywhere from 10 minutes to overnight. Different strengths of gel may be used. The entire process usually takes 3-4 weeks of daily use to get satisfactory results.
The most common negative reaction is tooth sensitivity however with the proper care and products this will usually be minimal. Many different kinds of stains can be lightened and even eliminated including tetracycline staining, it may take more persistence. Over time teeth will naturally stain and yellow. For maintenance of whitened teeth the trays should be used every several months.
We’d be happy to discuss which option would be best for you so give us a call.