At Green Leaf Dental, we use the latest technology to provide teeth whitening treatments that are safe, effective, and long-lasting.
Our teeth whitening process involves the following steps:
Before we start the treatment, we'll first assess your teeth to determine the best course of action. We'll ask you questions about your dental history and habits, and take note of any existing dental work you may have.
Next, we'll prepare your teeth for the whitening treatment by cleaning and polishing them to remove any surface stains.
We'll then apply a special whitening gel to your teeth. This gel contains a high concentration of hydrogen peroxide, which breaks down the stains on your teeth and makes them appear whiter.
To activate the whitening gel, we'll use a special light that helps speed up the whitening process. This light also helps to reduce sensitivity that can sometimes occur during teeth whitening.
After the treatment, we'll give you instructions on how to take care of your teeth to maintain the results. We may also recommend follow-up treatments depending on the level of staining and your desired level of whiteness.
Teeth whitening is a cosmetic dentistry procedure that uses a special type of compound called peroxide, which is a bleaching agent. The most common types of peroxide are carbamide peroxide and hydrogen peroxide.
When these compounds come into contact with the organic tooth stains on your enamel, they “break” the chemical bonds that hold stains onto your teeth. This “bleaches” them away, leaving your teeth a natural, brilliant shade of white.
Depending on your preference, you can have your teeth whitened at our office or at home. In our office, treatment typically only takes about an hour. Dr. Bean or Dr. Yoni will paint a special peroxide gel onto your teeth, and use a UV light to excite the molecules, providing powerful, fast whitening results.
If you prefer, we can also make you a custom set of teeth whitening trays, which you can wear at home to whiten your teeth on your own schedule.
Teeth whitening is a safe and effective treatment for most people who have healthy teeth and gums. However, if you have existing dental restorations like crowns or fillings, or if you have certain medical conditions, teeth whitening may not be recommended. Our team will assess your candidacy for teeth whitening during your consultation.
Yes, teeth whitening is generally considered safe when performed by a dental professional. However, some people may experience tooth sensitivity or gum irritation after the treatment. These side effects are usually temporary and can be managed with over-the-counter pain relievers or desensitizing toothpaste.
The longevity of teeth whitening results can vary depending on a few factors, including:
To maintain your results, it's important to avoid foods and beverages that are known to stain the teeth, such as coffee, tea, and red wine. You should also practice good oral hygiene habits, such as brushing and flossing regularly, and visiting the dentist for regular cleanings. You may also consider touch-up treatments to keep your teeth looking bright and white.
Teeth whitening can provide a range of benefits, including:
This depends on a few factors. While in-office whitening is typically a bit more expensive, it delivers faster results, as take-home whitening trays may require several weeks of wear for the treatment to be completed.
However, some patients prefer to whiten their teeth more gradually, as the results will be more subtle. It all comes down to your budget, personal preferences, and how quickly you would like to whiten your teeth. Dr. Yoni or Dr. Bean will discuss your goals during your consultation and help you decide which option is best for you.
Tooth sensitivity can occur during the teeth whitening process, particularly during more intense in-office treatments. However, special toothpaste and other products can be used to reduce tooth sensitivity, and it will wear off within several days of treatment.
If you already have sensitive teeth, you may want to ask Dr. Yoni or Dr. Bean which treatment is the best for you when you schedule an appointment, to ensure that you do not suffer any discomfort after the teeth whitening process.
No. Teeth whitening can treat all external stains, but cannot fix internal stains. For example, a tooth that is grayish because of a mercury-amalgam filling, or a tooth that has been stained by an antibiotic like tetracycline cannot be improved with teeth whitening. Other cosmetic treatments, like a porcelain filling or crown, may be recommended for these issues. Consult with one of our doctors for more information.