What is teeth whitening?
Over the years, teeth whitening has become one of the most requested cosmetic dental procedures by the patients of Drs. Lerner and Lemongello in the Palm Beach area in South Florida. Teeth whitening is the process of reversing the discoloration of the teeth by “whitening” them to a lighter shade. It is especially popular among patients who want to give their smiles an instant new look.
How does teeth whitening work?
The majority of teeth whitening techniques used today make use of products containing an oxidizing agent that is able to spread throughout the tooth enamel and breakdown the buildup of stain deposits in the tooth layers.
There are two types of whitening treatments available: Take Home Whitening and In office Whitening.
What happens during the “In Office” teeth whitening process?
- A color match of the patient’s teeth will be taken at the beginning of the procedure using a scale model with progressively lightening shades of white. An actual mold of the patient’s teeth will also be taken and will be the basis for the custom-made bleaching trays that the patient will have to wear for the next few days to complete the effect and for touch up bleaching.
- The “In Office” power whitening gel will be applied directly onto the surface of the teeth to catalyze the whitening process.
- After the appropriate exposure time for each patient to the power whitening gel, the newly whitened teeth will be rinsed thoroughly and subsequently covered with fluoride gel that will help protect and strengthen the enamel.
- Your dentist will give you post-treatment care instructions, including what to eat and what to avoid during the first 48 hours after the tooth whitening treatment for you to get the best possible results.
"Take-Home" teeth whitening treatment
As part of our smile makeover procedures, Dr. Lerner and Dr. Lemongello offer take home teeth whitening. Take home teeth whitening products typically come in a tooth whitening gel which is easily dispensed into a special mouth tray or mouthguard. These trays are made at our office in Palm Beach Garden so that it perfectly fits your teeth. Tooth bleaching gels vary in their strength and usage of take home dental products can vary depending on your needs and the product being used. Some whitening gels are used twice a day for approximately 2 weeks, and others are intended for overnight use for 1-2 weeks. Dr. Lerner and Dr. Lemongello will help you determine which solution is the best to match your teeth whitening goals.
What results can I expect?
Treatment results usually depend on the severity of the discoloration, but they will be immediately noticeable by the end of treatment. Typically, the vital teeth or the patient’s existing natural teeth, and non-vital teeth, such as those with root canal restorations, can be bleached. However, dental restorations such as the amalgam fillings, dental crowns, and dental veneers will not respond to teeth whitening.
How long do results last?
The results obtained with a teeth whitening treatment are immediate and will last for many months and even years depending upon the patient. However, as the patient continues to consume coffee, drink wine, eat various types of food, or grow older, the discoloration may gradually return. When this happens, the patient has the option of receiving another “In Office” whitening session in order to achieve the previous results of the whitening treatment or continue to touch up their teeth at home with the “Take Home” whitening products.
At our teeth whitening studio in Palm Beach, Florida we use only the latest teeth whitening system, which can lighten the color of your teeth to several shades in as little as one hour. We also have several types of treatment options that will fit your every need. If you’re considering teeth whitening in Palm Beach, Florida, then call our office to schedule a consultation.