home page1If you think your teeth have changed their color or just want a brighter smile, in office bleaching is a great solution. We strongly recommend in-office bleaching because of two main reasons: the dental professional controls the process and the results are faster.

Bleaching methods generally use either hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide which breaks down into hydrogen peroxide. The most common concentration of hydrogen peroxide for vital teeth bleaching is 30 - 35 %. 

Bleaching process in vital teeth is done usually in one visit. After the dentist takes health and dental history, examines your teeth, the process can begin. First, with the help of shade guide, the teeth color is determined. Then the dentist will isolate your teeth to prevent gum injuries. The whitening gel will be applied on your teeth and the whitening begins. Each cycle last between 10 and 15 minutes, depending on the system used. After each cycle, the teeth color is evaluated. Maximal number of cycle per visit is four. The teeth bleaching can be done with or without bleaching light or laser. If the light is used for activation, the results are faster, but there is a higher risk of teeth sensitivity. The need for light activation is not universally accepted by dentists nor universally supported by dental research. Just like before the process was begun, after your bleaching session has been completed your dentist will make another shade evaluation so to see how much whitening has occurred.

After bleaching teeth can be sensitive. The sensitivity lasts between 12 and 24 hours and than will pass. If even after few days, your teeth are still sensitive, please contact the dental office.

It’s normal that the color of teeth changes within first two weeks after bleaching. That’s due to rehydration. After two weeks the color will be stable. 

It’s advised not to smoke, drink large amounts of coffee, tee or red wine because such substances can cause your teeth to get darker.

Results of teeth whitening are expected to last about one year. After one year, you will notice that your teeth slowly take on original color. At that point you can do the teeth whitening again.

Teeth whitening do not damage teeth. It changes the position of hydroxyapatite crystals in enamel. This process is reversible, and that’s why the whitening is not permanent.

If you’ve done root canal therapy, it’s possible that that tooth is darker. The whitening of non vital teeth is slightly different. The concentration of bleaching agent is lower and usually takes few days. That means at least two visits. At first visit after dental examination your tooth will be prepared and isolated. The bleaching agent will be places directly into the tooth and closed with temporary filling. The next visit will occur a few (usually 3 do 7) days after, when the color will be evaluated and the tooth will be closed with permanent filling.

Maintenance of good oral hygiene after bleaching is crucial. Brush and floss your teeth regularly.