Teeth Whitening in Beaverton, OR
|Teeth whitening, or bleaching, is a simple, non-invasive dental treatment used to change the color of natural tooth enamel. It is an ideal way to enhance the beauty of your smile. Waterhouse Family Dental performs teeth whitening services on most ages and educates you on how to keep your teeth looking white on a long-term basis. As having whiter teeth has become the number one aesthetic concern of most patients, there are now several ways to whiten.
The most popular method is using an in-office whitening system that will whiten teeth dramatically. Since these systems only work on natural tooth enamel, it is important to evaluate the need of replacement of any old fillings, crowns, or other previous dental work. Replacement of any restorations will be done after bleaching so that they will match the newly bleached teeth.
Please note that tooth whitening is not permanent. A touch-up may be needed once a year, or more often if you smoke or drink coffee, tea, or wine. Other factors may also cause the teeth to become yellow or discolored over time. This may include trauma, the use of medications, as well as one's age.
The Benefits of Whitening Your TeethRemoving stains and brightening your teeth can enhance your smile and boost your self-confidence. Having this procedure performed professionally is often more effective than doing it at home, and can create longer lasting results. Furthermore, whiter teeth often project good oral health.
Reasons For Tooth Whitening
• Fluorosis (excessive fluoridation during tooth development)
• Normal wear of outer tooth layer
• Stained teeth due to medications (tetracycline, etc.)
• Yellow, brown stained teeth
What Does Tooth Whitening Involve?Our type of tooth whitening usually requires two office visits. At the first appointment, impressions (molds) will be made of your teeth to fabricate custom, clear, plastic trays. We will also determine the starting shade of your teeth so we can monitor your progress.
At your second appointment, you will try on the trays for proper fit, and adjustments will be made if necessary. The trays are worn with special whitening solution twice daily for 30–60 minutes, depending on the strength of the product. Our dental assistants will let you know the specific details at your appointment. It is normal to experience tooth sensitivity during the time you are whitening your teeth, but it will subside shortly after you have stopped bleaching.
You will receive care instructions for your teeth and trays, and be encouraged to visit your dentist regularly to help maintain a beautiful, healthy, white smile.
How to Keep Your Teeth Looking WhiteThe best way to keep your smile bright is to follow up with your dentist for scheduled cleanings and whitening sessions. Lifestyle changes, such as avoiding the use of tobacco products as well as foods and beverages that may discolor your teeth, will also keep your smile whiter. Your dentist may also recommend the use of special whitening toothpaste.
If you're interested in whitening your smile, contact us today!