Teeth whitening (or bleaching) is a simple, non-invasive dental treatment used to change the color of natural tooth enamel.
We offer two take-home teeth whitening systems. Because teeth whitening only works on natural tooth enamel, it is important to evaluate replacement of any old fillings, crowns, etc. Replacement of any restorations will be done after bleaching so they will match the newly bleached teeth.
Reasons for teeth 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 teeth whitening involve?
Option one: the patient can purchase single-use, pre-formed bleaching trays that should be used for 15-20 minutes per day. This kit comes in boxes of ten trays.
Option two: this type of teeth whitening usually requires two visits. At the first appointment, impressions (molds) will be made of your teeth to fabricate custom, clear, plastic trays.
At the 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 either twice a day for 30 minutes or overnight for a couple of weeks depending on the degree of staining and desired level of whitening. 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.
Teeth whitening is not permanent. A touch-up may be needed every year, and more often if you smoke or drink coffee, tea, or wine.
Day Family Dental
Dr. Nathan Day, DMD • Dentist • Lansing, MI