According to the FDA, "whitening" restores the natural tooth color, whereas "bleaching" whitens beyond the natural tooth color. There are many different methods available to whiten one's teeth; brushing with "whitening" toothpastes, bleaching strips, bleaching pens, bleaching gels, and laser whitening are the most common. All of these methods use either Hydrogen Peroxide or Carbamide Peroxide as the bleaching agent. The concentration of the agent determines whether one needs their dentist to administer the material, or if, one can buy it at the store (over-the-counter). Teeth will whiten or bleach when the oxidizing agent of the peroxide penetrates the porosities in the enamel and dentin of the tooth and break down the stain deposits. Bleaching works best on extrinsic stains, which are the stains created by smoking, coffe, tea, red wine, dark sodas, berries, and other foods that we eat. Bleaching is less effective on intrinsic stains of the teeth like those caused from medications, or defects in the tooth's formation (white and brown spots).
Here at Dr's Lantner and Goldberg, we offer a number of diffrent options for our patient's teeth whitening needs. All of our bleaching products are ADA approved and presciption strength. This means that one cannot buy these products over-the -counter at the store. They have to be administered by a Dentist becuse they are stronger than the commercially available whiteners.
For those patient's seeking a single visit, "in-office" bleaching experience, we can, in just about an hour, restore your teeth to their youthful brightness. Basically, you come in and sit in the dental chair while we do the work for you!!
If a more leisurely pace and personal control is what you prefer, we have a "2 week at home" bleaching kit. We will fabricate custom- made trays for you that will hold the whitening gel while they are worn.
Our final option is for those who are seeking an more economic alternative. We can provide a "1 week at home" bleaching kit similar to the popular strips that are commercially available.
If you are considering the "whitening experience", call the office today for a consultation and together we can decide the best route to your wonderful new "bright" smile!!!