Teeth Whitening Jacksonville Zoom Bleaching

Options for teeth Whitening Jacksonville

Smile Stylist in Ponte Vedra Beach has all the options for whiter teeth Jacksonville!  Our options are tailored to the individual needs of the patient who has stained teeth and dark teeth.  Our entry level whitening is for the fabrication of custom made take home trays.  These trays come with the strongest whitening gel on the market for take home whitening.  It is so powerful, that it is only worn in the tray for 45 minutes at maximum.  Worried about sensitive teeth Jacksonville people we have a solution so that you can whiten too.  There are several options that we will discuss to help desensitize your teeth and make them ready to whiten, such as special fluoride gels and ingredients like ACP, amorphous Calcium Phosphate.  We also have RX super strength desensitizing tooth paste.  

If you have tried over the counter whitening in Jacksonville that did not work, then we have a solution for you too.  One hour whitening sessions using Zoom! do a great job of whitening teeth that are not too stubborn, but belong in the mouth of a patient who does not wear trays and strips for the total 2 weeks necessary to see improvements.  We always recommend Zoom Jacksonville patients have trays made to help get teeth whiter at home and touch up every month.  

If you have stubborn teeth, we have the solution to whiten stubborn teeth Jacksonville.  The Kor whitening jacksonville is the ultimate way to get teeth white.  The process is more involved than any whitening treatment you have experienced.  This is the way to whiten tetracycline teeth jacksonville and very dark teeth.  It is the premium whitening method and a sure way to get white teeth.  This is our top recommendation for all patients, especially those whitening dark teeth Jacksonville patients.  

Schedule your consultation to learn more about our options to get teeth white.


How does teeth whitening work?

The intrinsic staining of teeth is caused by the dentin or inner part of the tooth absorbing organic stain causing compounds.  These organic compounds contain color that make the tooth look less white.  The compounds that make up the stain are held together by double bonded carbon chains.  Hydrogen Peroxide or Carbamide Peroxide is delivered to the tooth in a gel form.  In the presence of peroxide, the free radicals break the double bonds of the organic stain, creating a single bonded molecular structure.  This new compound is translucent or clear, so the stain causing compound no longer causes the tooth to look yellow or brown.  Whitening is a chemical process to whiten teeth and does not effect the strength or integrity of your natural teeth, a common misconception about whitening.  Professional whitening solutions are neutral in PH and do not erode or strip the enamel off of the teeth.  Care should be taken to purchase whitening solutions from reputable manufacturers when considering over the counter whitening options to make sure that the solution is not harmful to the teeth.   

The various professional options for teeth whitening

The most common requested cosmetic procedure in the dental office is for teeth whitening.  There are several professional and store bought options to get teeth whiter.  In office or professional strength whiteners are available as Hydrogen Peroxide and Carbamide Peroxide.  The concentrations of the two types of whitening gels are not comparable in equal percentages.  Roughly, Carbamide Peroxide must be present in 3X the percentage as Hydrogen Peroxide to have the same concentration.  This is due to the fact that Carbamide Peroxide is broken down into Hydrogen Peroxide and Urea as it reacts.  As a general rule, Hydrogen Peroxide containing gels whiten teeth quicker and are effective in the mouth for shorter amounts of time.  

Professional whitening solutions offer desensitizing ingredients to make whitening your teeth more tolerable.  Most people teeth do respond positively to whitening, but compliance is the biggest factor for success.  If the teeth get sensitive from whitening, then most often people will discontinue treatment before they have achieved maximum results.  Using a whitening solution from a dentist containing ACP, Fluoride and or Potassium Nitrate helps keep up compliance as people whiten their teeth.

Professional take home trays are custom fitted clear trays made in the dental office that assist in delivery of whitening solutions to the teeth.  Well fitting trays will hold the whitening solution against the teeth, keeping the solution from removed by the lip or washed away by saliva.  Whitening trays can be worn once or twice a day depending on the patients sensitivity and should be worn for a week to two weeks.  The amount of time spent whitening the teeth depends on the starting color of the teeth and the intensity of the stain.  Yellow teeth whiten quicker, while browns and grays take longer to get white.  Teeth stained from medication taken as a child or due to genetic factors or stain intensity may not get as white.  We may recommend a person with intensely stained teeth to whiten for longer than 2 - 3 weeks.  In some instances a person can over whiten their teeth.  Rather than glowing in the dark, an over whitened tooth begins to look gray.  This is most noticeable at the biting edges of the tooth.  If you are not sure, it is best to discontinue whitening and ask a dentist before whitening is continued.  Other options such as porcelain or chair side veneers will provide better results.  How long whitening lasts depends on home care.  People who smoke, drink red wines, coffee and tea more frequently will need to touch up more often than people who avoid stain causing foods and beverages.  Expect to need a touch up every few months to maintain a level of white.  Take home whitening systems that do not come with the assistance of a tray are not as effective to whiten teeth.    

In office whitening, often called power whitening or one hour whitening, utilizes the strongest concentration of peroxide.  This peroxide is placed on the teeth taking care not to contact the gums or lips.  Care must be taken by the dental practice to make sure that the teeth are isolated properly, in some instances the patient may move excessively or have excessive salivary flow that may disrupt barriers put in place to protect the gums and lips.  If this happens, the gums or lips may get burned by the peroxide.  This will result in a temporary whitening of the area that will subside and may turn red as it heals.  Treat these areas with Vitamin E to help sooth the soreness and promote healing.  The high concentration of the solution means that it only need to be in contact with the tooth for 45 minutes to an hour depending on the manufacturers recommendations.  Some in office whitening treatments are preformed with the assistance of a UV light.  Studies from these manufacturers indicate that the light speeds up the reaction of the whitening resulting in better whitening results.  In office whitening for people with darker teeth is best used as a boosting procedure.  The treatment will get the teeth whiter, but may not possibly be a level of white that the patient is expecting.  Although, it is an effective whitening treatment, it is not a magic bullet to whiten all teeth.  The best treatment for most teeth to get their whitest is an in office whitening session followed by professional take home trays worn at home.  

What's new in whitening?

We understand the frustrations of unpredictable whitening results.  Often times the results can be inconsistent, especially for people who have darker teeth or tetracycline staining.  A new technique in whitening allows us to penetrate deeper into the tooth and break up larger stain causing molecules.  If you have tried other options and are not satisfied with the results, or have darker colored teeth, contact us for a complimentary consultation about the Kor Whitening system.

Deep bleaching for the whitest results

If you have tried whitening before and were not happy with the results, have really dark teeth, tetracycline staining or fluorosis?  If you have veneers on your top teeth, but you were not able to afford veneers for the bottom teeth.  Deep bleaching may be the answer for whiter teeth without the need for porcelain veneers or bonding.  For about the price of one porcelain veneer it may be possible to whiten your teeth to the point where you are happy with your smile.  Read on to learn more about the treatment.   

The deep bleaching system works by maintaining the potency of the peroxide gel.  The product is constantly refrigerated by the manufacturer stopping the breakdown of the peroxides circumventing the need to use anhydrous gels and acidic pH.  That means that the peroxide reaches the tooth at 100% potency and the degradation of the peroxide begins when the whitening gel is inserted into the warm mouth being highly effective and thorough.  Because it does not need stabilizers that create a slightly acidic solution the gel is a fully aqueous base at causes less sensitivity.  There is a lot of science behind the effectiveness of the deep whitening treatments that make it different than other traditional whiteners.

The treatment of deep bleaching is slightly different than other forms of whitening.  Traditionally patients will get take home trays or if they prefer an in office treatment, they will get the in office treatment then take home the trays to finish the whitening process at home.  With a deep whitening treatment, highly detailed impressions are taken at the first visit and a special laboratory makes the trays.  The patient picks up the trays in a second visit.  The special trays enable us to use whitening gel that is formulated for higher potency and longer lasting results.  The patient wears the take home trays while sleeping for two weeks.  After two weeks, the patient returns to the office for an in office power whitening session.  Using the whitening trays first allows the peroxides to penetrate into the tooth breaking up the larger stain causing molecules.  Being able to wear the trays overnight gives the peroxide more contact time and more time to penetrate into the tooth to break up stains.  Once the stains are in smaller clusters, they are easier to whiten in the office with the power whitening session.  That is why this type of whitening can get teeth their whitest and is effective even on tetracycline and fluorosis stained teeth.  Because of the special trays and whitening peroxide formulation, wearing the trays for longer periods of time effectively reduces the size of the stain molecule clusters.  These clusters of molecules get bigger and bigger as we age making them more difficult to penetrate and making whitening less effective and rebound faster.  If we can break up the clusters, we are reversing the aging of the tooth, facilitating the whitening process.  Simple maintenance of once a month at home whitening can keep teeth white.   

The visits and treatment steps

Here are the typical 3 appointments for deep bleaching treatment.

First visit for consultation and impressions

Second visit for delivery of laboratory fabricated trays for take home whitening for two weeks*.

Third visit for in office power whitening session gets teeth their whitest.

*If the teeth are exceptionally dark or tetracycline cases, we suggest a first visit of in office power whitening before we begin the take home tray whitening and tray whitening for 4-6 weeks instead of 2 weeks.


The pricing for deep whitening is $1,200 for the normal treatment or $1,400 for the exceptionally dark teeth whitening treatments.


                 Very Dark Teeth Results                                                               Tetracycline Stained Teeth Results



 Who shouldn't whiten their teeth?

Whitening is contraindicated for women who are pregnant or nursing.  Whitening should not be preformed in the presence of active cavities or gum disease.  People who have very sensitive teeth should discuss desensitizing options with their dentist before whitening is initiated.  There are many great options to make teeth less sensitive to whitening solutions.  If you are refraining from getting your teeth whitened due to sensitivity, than have a consult with our doctors to find out some great options, such as fluoride gels, pre rinses and toothpastes, to make your teeth less sensitive.  

Teeth Whitening Jacksonville

Stained teeth jacksonville whitening dentist at Smile Stylist have all the options to get teeth white.  Dark teeth, chipped teeth and worn teeth, even crooked teeth look better whiter teeth.  Once Jacksonville teeth whitening at smile stylist has been completed, a better evaluation can be made on how to improve the smile.  Everyone in Jacksonville whitening teeth will look better and more healthy.  It is a great starting point for cosmetic dentistry jacksonville.  If whitening teeth will make you happy, then there is no need to look into more expensive cosmetic dentistry jacksonville options.  The best options for most smiles to be whiter and more healthy looking are for Invisalign and teeth whitening.  The killer combination to make a smile whiter and brighter and also straight.  Why wouldn't everyone whiten their teeth if they could use a system proven to be effective even on the darkest teeth?  That is why we offer all options for teeth whitening Jacksonville.  



More information on teeth whitening by Drs. Olitsky.

Treatments and Myths of Teeth Whitening

Caution: None of the white colors clients desire today are natural looking.


Teeth whitening is the most requested cosmetic dental procedure in the world. People want teeth as white as possible without looking fake. However, they now consider a “natural” white to be manyshades lighter than what people considered to be natural 10 years ago. Patients’ demands are pushingthe limits of what society will tolerate.


Whitening is easy, conservative, and inexpensive—if done with integrity. If you love everything but the color of your teeth, whitening may be just the right procedure for you to greatly enhance your smile. The right dentist will help you determine if you’re a good candidate for teeth whitening.


Depending on your budget and lifestyle, you have several options. You can have your teeth whitened approximately eight shades in about an hour with an in-office whitening treatment. Or you can wear professional, take-hometeeth-whitening trays during the day or overnight provided by your dentist. You can also buy whitening products at the drugstore, but these aren’t as effective, and they involve risks addressed later in this chapter.


Are you a good candidate for teeth whitening? The answer depends on the dental work you’ve already had and the kind of teeth you have. Teeth discolored from tetracycline or too much fluoride may bleach unevenly; healthy yellow teeth respond best to tooth-whitening products; dark gray, brown, and black hues are more difficult to whiten. If your teeth are any of these darker colors, you must be persistent and consistently use take-home trays for several months to achieve decent results.   


Why Do Teeth Discolor?

Genetics may be the cause of tooth discoloration. Some people naturally have white teeth while others have dark-colored teeth that don’t bleach well. Generally, teeth look darker with age as the dentin layer becomes thicker. Trauma may also cause a tooth or teeth to darken over time.


Discoloration can be caused by smoking as well as drinking and eating stain-causing beverages and foods such as coffee, tea, red wine, tomato sauce, and soy sauce. Your dentist may initially be able to polish away these superficial stains, but after a while, they may penetrate and stain the actual tooth structure. Some medications, such as tetracycline, can discolor teeth. Silver fillings may make a tooth appear gray. Fluoride can cause various effects, such as internal gray, brown, or black staining or banding on the teeth. Be aware of all these possibilities.


Keep in mind that only natural tooth structure will whiten while veneers, crowns, and bonding remain their original color. So if you have a mixture of natural and restored teeth, after you whiten, you may need to have the synthetic parts replaced to match your new lighter color. Consult with your dentist who can assist you with what will work best with your smile.


Whitening Methods Explained

Several whitening methods are available. Let’s look at the advantages and disadvantages of each of the following and how they work.

  • Take-Home Trays
  • In-Office Whitening
  • Over-the-Counter Treatments


Take-Home Trays. We love take-home trays. Our experience has proven they give the best results, and the process is easy. First, your dentist will take impressions of your top and bottom teeth to make clear, custom whitening trays that fit comfortably over each arch. Your dentist or dental team member will have you insert the trays before you leave to ensure they fit well. The tray should fit intimately with the teeth without any gaping or rocking.


If you have older trays at home and plan to buy new bleach, ask your dentist to check the fit before whitening. You want to make sure your trays haven’t distorted or that your teeth haven’t shifted so the trays no longer fit well.

Your dentist or dental team member will show you how to insert whitening gel in the tray for each tooth being whitened. Remember, less is more. You don’t need to pour in a lot of bleach; a tiny amount does the trick. You’ll find directions included with the bleach showing the exact amount. 


Remember in science class when a drop of water was placed between two slides, it spread to cover a much larger surface? Same thing happens here. As the peroxide breaks down, oxygen enters the enamel and dentin to lighten discolorations. The structure of the tooth isn’t changed—only the color, which becomes lighter. People usually notice results after the first or second application, with maximum results generally occurring after 5 to 14 days of treatment.


Different types of bleaching gel are available to dentists for their patients to use. Some are worn overnight while others “do the trick” in 30 minutes. We find our clients prefer the shorter acting gels because of their convenience.


You have to be both consistent and persistent when you commit to the whitening treatment, doing it for the recommended number of days to achieve satisfactory results. Since it typically takes 10 to 14 days for optimal results, plan ahead if you’re whitening your teeth to be ready for an upcoming event.


Also know that everyone experiences a different degree of sensitivity with this process; some people can whiten with no problem while others experience some pain. If you’re ultra-sensitive, you may find it difficult to continue to whiten for up to two weeks. Possible options are to skip days, whiten for shorter time intervals,and request fluoride to supplement—or use the in-office method described next. For reasons of compliance and sensitivity, it’s important to discuss whitening with your dentist and determine which method will work best for you.


In-Office Whitening or Power Bleaching. The most intense, fastest way to whiten teeth is by power bleaching in the dentist’s office. You can likely choose from a number of in-office systems that are similar to one another. The one your dentist uses depends on his or her education and experience.


Expect the procedure to take about an hour. We suggest you bring an Ipod or ask your dentist if you can watch TV to help pass the time.


Before undergoing the procedure, be sure to have your teeth evaluated by the dentist for whitening effectiveness. Most often, we recommend take-home trays as an adjunct to in-office whitening for optimal results. Although in-office whitening is effective and fast, it rarely gets a person’s teeth as white as bleaching with take-home trays.


During this process, retractors are placed in your mouth to keep your lips away from the bleach and the light that’s used for the whitening. Your gums are isolated from your teeth using a special material that blocks out tissue that may be harmed by the concentrated bleach. If a light is used with the whitening system, you have to wear special glasses that filter out the UV light from the lamp.


Once the isolating process is completed, the bleach is placed on the top and bottom teeth. Systems may vary a little but usually you receive three 15-minute applications of bleach. At the end of the three application sessions, a liquid fluoride is placed on the teeth to decrease the amount of postoperative sensitivity. Some patients experience sensitivity with this procedure, but it lasts less than 24 hours. Others experience no sensitivity.


A UV lamp is an important part of the Zoom whitening experience, but several in-office treatments are available that whiten without a light. Results of studies on the efficacy of using a UV lamp range from negligible improvements to slight improvements when light assists the whitening process.How do you decide? Consider the dentist’s experience and results, whether or not a lamp is used. Rest assured the UV light won’t hurt your teeth, and it just may improve results. 


Experience has shown that dehydration of the teeth immediately after whitening interferes with an accurate assessment of the post-whitening shade. For this reason, it’s best for dentists to evaluate the shade change a couple of days after the treatment.


The negatives associated with in-office whitening are cost (more expensive than the take-home trays) and fairly short-term results. The procedure creates a whitening result that lasts anywhere from three months to two years, depending on the patient’s home care and lifestyle. We recommend getting take-home traysto maintain your new shade simply by whitening once a month for 15 for 30 minutes.


Summary of In-Office vs. Take-Home Procedures

  • The in-office procedure takes about one hour while the tray system takes 10-14 days to reach optimal results.
  •  You may experience less sensitivity with in-office whitening because you have only 24 hours of sensitivity (if you have any) versus a possible two weeks of sensitivity with the trays.
  • One hour of in-office whitening may only provide a boost toward your new, whiter smile. Whitening with take-home trays allows for greater flexibility in achieving your whitening goals.
  • The in-office procedure costs more than the take-home trays. Prices vary across the country, but the price range of trays is $100-$400 and the price range of in-office whitening is $500-$1,200. Again, do your research. Don’t automatically use the lowest-priced dentist or you may be unhappy with the results.
  • Discuss your options with a well-informed dentist to see which would be ideal for you.


Professional vs. Over-The-Counter (OTC) Treatments

Whitening toothpastes and over-the-counter whiteners are effective for some people. These products are weaker and less expensive than those used by dentists and can be used without the supervision of the dental team. However, the results are less dramatic and often don’t last as long.


Over-the-counterproducts come in various concentrations and delivery modalities. They usually contain a low concentration of hydrogen peroxide, and their advertising claims may not be proven by research. However, the Crest White Strips system by Procter & Gamble is backed by a number of clinical studies that prove it whitens teeth in some situations. We tell clients that whitening strips are worth a try, plus we can help them achieve more substantial results if they’re dissatisfied with using the strips.


Follow Instructions!

In our experience, following instructions is always the biggest issue when whitening teeth. Even if a system has been proven effective, it won’t work well—or work at all—if a person doesn’t use it as instructed.


Consumer Reportsalerts the consumer to the fact that whitening toothpastes do not change the color of teeth. It also notes that many advertise effectiveness without data to substantiate their claims. Whitening toothpastes only scrub away surface stains with abrasives in the paste. Although a few toothpastes on the market include forms of hydrogen peroxide, it’s not concentrated enough or contact time with the teeth isn’t long enough to produce measurable results.We encourage you not to select your toothpaste brand based on potential whitening results, but to look for ingredients that help keep your mouth, teeth, and dental work healthy.


Other over-the-counter whiteners use one-size-fits-all whitening trays that don’t, in fact, fit anybody well. These trays result in the whitening gel being diluted and washed away by saliva, and the peroxide in the gel is more likely to irritate and burn the gums.


Beware of over-the-counter gimmicks that promise fast whitening times (like professional whiteners) as well as those that come with their own versions of whitening lights. Save these types of lights for use in the kitchen when the power goes out!


Questions that Address Myths and Concerns About Whitening

  • Does the light used in in-office treatments really do anything? Manufacturers claim that application of laser UV or halogen activates the bleaching material through photoinitiators in the whitening gel to enhance its effectiveness and accelerate the bleaching process. The effectiveness of light is controversial. A few studies support the use of light, but other studies find little value while noting increased sensitivity. We use the Zoom system in our office because clients most commonly request this system. We’ve also used a non-light system called Opalescence, which produced results that were nearly the same. Variations were due to the clients’ teeth, not the system. Some people’s teeth are resistant to whitening regardless of the system or the length of time the teeth are processed. If a client’s teeth don’t whiten well, we suggest using trays to continue the whitening at home.
  • Does whitening hurt the integrity of your teeth? No. Whitening works with peroxide chemically changing the structure of staining molecules in the enamel and dentin. The inorganic and organic makeup of the tooth remains unchanged. The pH of most professional bleaches used is neutral in order to control sensitivity and will not erode teeth.
  • Can you bleach your teeth if they are sensitive? Yes. However, teeth whitening is a cosmetic procedure to improve your looks. Most cosmetic procedures include some discomfort, and whitening is not necessarily an exception to that rule. Expect some sensitivity as a possible side effect to achieving final whitening results.
  • Does the whitening gel hurt your gums? The gel used is meant for teeth, not gums, and the bleach in the gel can burn your gums if it comes in contact with them long enough. Your dentist can prevent this during in-office treatment. If you’re using in-home trays, be careful to use the specified amount of gel.

The Bleaching Process

Bleaching When You Have Sensitive Teeth

Getting an in-office whitening treatment is the best choice for highly sensitive teeth. If you have areas of your teeth that are more sensitive than others, such as pockets of gum recession, we can block them out with our liquid dam material to protect them. Then the sensitivity usually lasts up to 24 hours and you can take over-the-counterpain relievers during that time. If you become sensitive during the procedure, we might use local anesthetic to numb the teeth during whitening, just as you’d have any other body part anesthetized before having a cosmetic procedure.      


Before coming in for your whitening, switch to sensitivity-protection toothpaste for two or three weeks. Or, if necessary, we can prescribe a stronger toothpaste that seals the dental tubules and makes the teeth less susceptible to sensitivity. If you’re highly sensitive, we can make your whitening trays ahead of time. You’d use them to apply fluoride gels at home for 30 minutes a day for a week before your whitening appointment. Note: Dental fluorosis, a condition that discolors the teeth, is caused by using too much fluoride in early childhood when teeth are forming. However, fluorosis is not a problem with mature teeth.


How Bleaching Works

The basic bleaching process works by oxidizing the organic colored material within the tooth, reducing its color intensity. The process doesn’t weaken the structure of teeth, but it can cause some sensitivity.


The most commonly used agents in the bleaching process are hydrogen peroxide and carbamide peroxide. Carbamide peroxide breaks down to hydrogen peroxide and urea, and the hydrogen peroxide further breaks down to water and oxygen. The peroxide diffuses through the enamel into the dentin where it has the greatest effect on the color change of the tooth. A higher concentration of peroxide achieves faster results. You can expect similar final results from products with less concentration if you increase the frequency of application or contact time.


Maintain the White

How long your whitening results last depends on your genetics and lifestyle. During the whitening process at home, avoid eating discoloring foods and drinking beverages that might stain your teeth. Also avoid acidic foods and beverages for sensitivity. Remember to always brush gently and use a soft toothbrush. Establisha regular cleaning schedule with your dentist or hygienist to remove surface stains.


Most of our clients ask for the in-office Zoom! procedure and get the trays made at the same appointment. The in-office procedure whitens by 8 to 10 shades while using the tray at home continues the whitening process for 3 to 10 days. The trays can then be used monthly to maintain the whitening effect you want.


Results to Expect from Whitening

Our goals for whitening are to whiten your teeth as much as possible and maintain that whiteness. We’ve found that most people want really white teeth, but we don’t want to go overboard or they won’t look natural. A small percentage of people naturally have bright white teeth, and this is what most people want to achieve. Our recommendations are based on that goal.


In most cases, teeth will whiten only so much. When we create veneers, we stress a natural look, making the veneers mimic real teeth. They can still look natural if done well. When whitening natural teeth, we try to get them as white as the patient wants, which is usually as white as they can get. Even if they’re a bright white, they rarely look fake because they are real teeth.


You can whiten your teeth with trays alone, but that takes longer and teeth become more sensitive so application compliance goes down. Result? Your whitest smile may never be achieved. Some people don’t want to be bothered with trays at all, so they have the in-office procedure every six months when they have their teeth cleaned.


In-office or dentist-supplied take-home whiteners aim to get your teeth 8 to 10 shades whiter. To some people, this appears to be a dramatic change, yet others may find this degree of change disappointing. For example, if your teeth start at the bottom of the shade guide and they’re whitened eight shades, they’ll only reach the middle of the guide. It’s an improvement, but your teeth will still be far from white. On the other hand, if you start with fairly light teeth and bleach them eight shades, they’ll appear bright white. Have the dentist help you manage this process. Be sure to convey your expectations so you won’t be disappointed in the result.


For people who want dramatic results, it’s often necessary to get porcelain veneers, which can be made just about any shade of whiteness you desire.


We’ve seen many clients who’ve spent hundreds, even thousands, of dollars trying to whiten their teeth, but their teeth just didn’t bleach well. They come to us to see if there’s anything else we can do. At this point, we discuss using veneers to achieve the level of white they want.


The Effects of Stains and Discoloration

The white you can achieve may be limited by genetic and lifestyle factors, which play a major role in the color of your teeth. Stains that discolor your teeth can be caused by:

  • foods and beverages (berries, soy sauce, coffee, tea, cola, red wine . . .)
  • fluoride (white spots known as calcifications)
  • smoking (yellow or brown stains from nicotine)
  • heredity (naturally brighter enamel and dentin respond well to whitening)
  • antibiotics (tetracycline taken during childhood turns teeth blue, brown, or gray and typically makes them unresponsive to whitening)
  • trauma (resulting in a lone dark tooth, which can be bleached from the insideor covered with a veneer)


Post-Whitening Procedure Instructions

After the in-office procedure, we recommended you avoid smoking and taking in dark-staining foods and drinks such as coffee, tea, red wine, mustard, ketchup, soy sauce, red sauce, and berry sauce for 48 hours. Also avoid drinking sodas and citrus-containing beverages such as orange juice for a couple of days to prevent more sensitivity. Be sure to brush and floss consistently.


Teeth can appear to have white spots after bleaching, which is normal, and they typically go away after several days. Some people’s teeth have white spots before they bleach. These spots tend to worsen (that is, they get even whiter) after bleaching, but the contrast subsides after a few days.

Bleach is meant for teeth only, not gums. Burning the gums from the bleach is a common complaint and can occur with any whitening treatment, but it’s certainly avoidable. If you’re bleaching at home, make sure you don’t put too much bleach in your tray because the excess can ooze out and burn your gums.


Realize that over-the-countertreatments are not custom-fit to your mouth so the tray or strip may extend onto your gums, causing them to burn. By contrast, for an in-office treatment, your teeth are isolated and your gums are completely covered to avoid this. But don’t worry if you experience a bit of burning; it doesn’t cause irreversible damage. The gums may burn or ache for a few hours and may even turn white, but these effect go away fairly quickly.


Now that you have the information you need to help you make an informed decision about whitening your teeth, discuss your situation with your dentist.