Tooth Whitening | Webster Groves, MO | Kurt Weisenfels, DDS

Tooth whitening (or bleaching) is a simple, non-invasive dental treatment used to change the color of natural tooth enamel and is an ideal way to enhance the beauty of your smile.

Because having whiter teeth has now become the number one aesthetic concern of most patients,  there are a number of ways to whiten teeth.  Our office uses a home whitening system that will whiten teeth dramatically.  Since tooth 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.

Tooth whitening is not permanent.  A touch-up may be needed as often as desired, more often if you smoke, drink coffee, tea, or wine.

Reasons for tooth 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 Tooth whitening involve?

This type of tooth whitening usually requires two or possibly three visits.  At the first visit, impressions (molds) will be made of your teeth to fabricate custom, clear plastic trays. 

 At your 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 once or twice a day for 30 minutes for a couple of weeks, depending on the degree of staining and desired level of whitening.  You will receive care instructions for your teeth and trays, and be encouraged to visit regularly to help maintain a beautiful, healthy, white smile.

If you are having future treatment, such as fillings or crowns, we will have you come back for a third appointment to check the shade of color. 

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