Tooth Whitening

 
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Teeth Whitening in Medfield 

Tooth whitening is a simple, non-invasive treatment used to lighten the color of natural tooth enamel and is an ideal way to enhance the beauty of your smile.

Whiter teeth has become the number one aesthetic request of most patients and there are a number of ways to accomplish this.  A home tooth whitening system can whiten teeth dramatically.  Since tooth whitening works only on natural tooth enamel, it may be necessary to replace old fillings or crowns after a successful whitening result.  Replacement of any restorations is done after lightening so as to match the new tooth color.  Tooth whitening is not permanent.  A touch-up maybe needed every several years,  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 is involved?

Home tooth whitening usually requires several office visits.  At the first appointment, impressions (molds) are made of your teeth.  We then fabricate custom-fitted, clear plastic retainers.

At your second appointment, we will check these retainers for proper fit.  The retainers are worn with a mild lightening gel once or twice a day for 30-60 minutes or overnight.  Lightening generally takes place gradually over a two to six week period.  We like to check our patients' progress at two week intervals.  We generally treat one arch at a time, using the other arch for color comparison.   It is not unusual to experience some tooth sensitivity while you are whitening your teeth.  The sensitivity will subside shortly after you have completed lightening.

In-Office tooth whitening usually involves one or two 90 minute office visits.  A protective barrier is placed to protect  your gum tissues.  A more concentrated gel is applied  to your teeth to speed the lightening process.  Best results are obtained when In-Office tooth whitening is followed up by a couple of weeks of at home lightening treatment and we, therefore, provide you with retainers for the home follow-up treatment.

A lighter shade is generally retained for a one to three year period.  Touch-up lightening can be done as necessary to maintain your whiter, brighter smile.

If you would like to schedule an appointment or have any additional questions about Teeth Whitening, please contact Dr. Sean Rayment at our Medfield dental practice today!

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