Who is a good candidate for teeth whitening?
Almost everyone is a candidate for teeth whitening or teeth bleaching. However, some dark teeth are much more resistant to the dental whitening procedures. Teeth that are discoloured with dark grey or reddish shades are the most resistant to teeth whitening; an example of this type of dark shade appears in teeth affected by tetracycline. Still, even these dark teeth will whiten to some degree with long-term compliance. Depending on the results you desire, whitening may be an option for dark (grey/red) teeth. Otherwise porcelain veneers are an excellent option and allow you to choose how white you want your smile to be.
Whitening removes stains, via polishing of the surface of the tooth. That’s why some over-the-counter toothpastes can claim “whitening”, while bleaching sends peroxide into the tooth to whiten the organic material inside.
In – Surgery Whitening
ENLIGHTEN TEETH WHITENING is a technological leader in professional teeth whitening. For several years, Enlighten has been proven by independent professional dental studies and publications to be the most effective in-office dental whitening procedure available today.
How does it work?
We place protective barriers and coatings on your lips, cheeks, and gums so that the strong peroxide has contact only with your teeth. Your job is to sit back, relax (with noise-cancelling headphones) and enjoy. After two or three cycles of the peroxide gel placed on your teeth, your teeth will get shades whiter in just one hour.
It does not work better than the trays, it just works faster. This system is great for someone who just can’t follow through with wearing trays or strips for an hour-a-day. Basically, we do it for you so you don’t have to. For people with sensitive teeth, this system may exacerbate the sensitivity for a few days after the procedure. If you don’t want to mess with the trays, and you prefer a more instant result, Enlighten might be the perfect teeth-whitening solution for you.
Custom Trays: Take-Home Trays
Whitening with custom trays is the system that has been most widely used over time. It is considered the gold standard for teeth whitening. We make models of your teeth and fabricate a clear plastic tray that fits perfectly. You are given syringes of whitening gel to place in your trays. Then you wear your trays with the gel in them for an hour each day or — if you are able — at night while you sleep. The peroxide gel enters your teeth and, through the same process as other professional whitening systems, whitens your teeth from the inside-out. One of the benefits of having these trays is that when you run out of gel, you only need to purchase more gel syringes- not a whole new system. So, it’s great for touch-ups (say after a month of heavy Starbucks).