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Tooth Whitening



Modern tooth whitening solutions can dramatically whiten your smile - at home or in-office!

The problem:

  • Dull, yellow, or stained teeth
  • Teeth stained from aging

The solution:

Thin, comfortable plastic whitening trays will be made from models of your teeth. At home you will place a whitening gel in each tray and wear the trays in your mouth for one to two hours per day. (Many patients wear their trays after dinner and before bed.) A significant change in tooth color is usually seen in just three to four days, and in seven to ten days treatment is usually complete. If after several months a "touch-up"is desired, it can be done at home in one or two applications using the same process.

Advantages:

Modern tooth whitening systems are highly effective, safe, and have dramatic results. Many celebrities consistently whiten their teeth to improve their appearance.

Disadvantages:

Occasionally, patients may experience minor gum or tooth sensitivity when whitening. These symptoms usually subside quickly when whitening is discontinued.

Alternatives:

Accelerated whitening (done in our practice also) is another option for some patients. This process can result in whiter, brighter teeth in just a one-hour office visit. Please consult with Dr. Kirkland to see if this procedure is appropriate for you.

Occasionally, teeth may be stained in a way that limits the effectiveness of tooth whitening. In these instances, porcelain laminates or crowns are an excellent alternative.