Teeth whitening procedures are effective in lightening most stains caused by age, tobacco, coffee, and tea. Based on clinical studies, 96% of patients see some lightening effect. The best candidates are those patients with yellow and light brown teeth, stained over a period of years. Darker brown or grayish stains, such as those produced by tetracycline use or fluorosis (too much fluoride), require more specialized techniques. If you have tooth-color fillings, bonding or veneers when your teeth are bleached, the teeth whitening will not lighten them.
While research continues into different types of bleaching systems, tooth bleaching continues to grow in popularity. Dr. Markowitz will discuss the best methods for you and suggest what the right solution, one or a combination of the following for best results is.
At-home kits are the most popular whitening option. It’s an affordable and effective way for many people to achieve excellent whitening results. One of Dr. Markowitz’s knowledgeable staff members will take impressions of your teeth and create plastic trays customized to fit your teeth. At home, you’ll fill the dental trays in with the whitening brand that Dr. Markowitz feels is best suited for your needs. Some dental trays are worn for 30 min, while others may require wearing them throughout the night.
Bonding is the application of a tooth-colored composite resin (plastic material) used to repair teeth that are showing signs of decay, are chipped, fractured, or discolored. The resin is bonded onto the teeth to change their color, reshape them. Dr. Markowitz can usually bond a patient’s teeth in a single visit.
There are two main types of materials used for the creation of Veneers. At Great Boca Smiles, we provide Laminate Porcelain Veneers, the highest quality, and most useful material. Veneers add a layer of material placed over a tooth (or teeth) and are bonded to the tooth, they are sometimes considered the most effective option for teeth whitening. They are shell-like tooth facings which are applied to stained teeth. Veneers never discolor, and they can be used to reshape or lengthen teeth, as well as a whitening method. Veneers not only improve your smile they can protect the teeth as well. Veneers can be completed in, usually, two office visits.
Why is whitening from Dr. Markowitz better than an over-the-counter whitening product?
These products have been proven ineffective or long lasting, unlike the techniques offered at Dr. Markowitz office. Also, the trays that hold the whitening gel are not customized to fit your teeth. Which leads to leakage and that may cause gum irritation or discomfort.
What preparation does Dr. Markowitz do before whitening the teeth?
Your first appointment is a consultation appointment. Dr. Markowitz will do a thorough examination of your teeth and decide which method is best suited for you. A dental cleaning is recommended to make sure the whitening gel adheres to the clean surfaces of the teeth.
What results can I expect?
Typical results can produce a change of several shades of whiteness, lasting 3-5 years. Different factors, such as diet, affect how long the process takes to whitening. The whitening method is also a factor in how long the whitening lasts.
Does Teeth Whitening Cause Damage to Your Teeth?
Professional Whitening Does Not Cause Damage to Your Teeth. It’s a common misconception that teeth whitening damages teeth. However, professional whitening treatments are very safe. These treatments temporarily open the pores in your teeth and lift stains. Afterward, your teeth naturally remineralize.
Will my teeth be Sensitive?
Sensitivity After Teeth Whitening Is Normal. If you experience sensitivity after whitening, don’t be concerned. This is very common and expected. The sensitivity will end after about 12-36 hours after your treatment. You might want to consider a fluoride treatment after whitening your teeth. This will nourish your teeth and promote hydration.
When it comes to utilizing the most advanced technologies available in the field of dentistry, Dr. Markowitz and the staff at Great Boca Smiles take pride in being at the leading edge. Our goal is to provide the best treatments to you and ultimately give you the smile of your dreams. With all the options we have available, we can give you the optimum treatment plan. We offer CEREC One Day Crowns, Dental Implants, 3D Cat Scans, L-PRF, New Teeth Today-New Teeth Tomorrow, Non-Surgical Gum Therapy, and Sleep Apnea Treatments.