Teeth Whitening

Capati Dental performs teeth whitening procedures on patients in Springfield, Decatur, Riverton, Rochester, and Sherman, Illinois. Teeth whitening or bleaching is a very simple process that changes the color of the natural tooth enamel. This treatment will make your teeth look whiter and will enhance the beauty of your smile. Over the last 10 years that we have been performing cosmetic dentistry we have restored thousands of smiles.

Having whiter teeth has become a huge concern for many patients, which has resulted in numerous methods to achieve that goal. Home teeth whitening systems are the most popular method of teeth whitening.

It is important to note that teeth whitening services will only whitening natural tooth enamel, so replacement crowns or fillings might be necessary. Furthermore, teeth whitening is a temporary service and will wear off, particularly if your partake in smoking, or drinking coffee, wine or tea.

How Does Tooth Whitening Work?

As mentioned previously, there are different methods to perform teeth bleaching services. Dr. Capati uses a method that requires two separate visits to the dentist. During the first appointment molds will be made of the teeth to create customized clear plastic trays.

During the second appointment, the trays will be tested for fit and comfort. These trays are to be worn twice a day for half an hour or even overnight for a few weeks. The time frame depends greatly on the degree of staining and the desired level of whitening.

During the whitening process it is not abnormal to experience sensitivity in the teeth.

Why Bleach Teeth?

There are a number of good reasons for tooth whitening including fluorosis, stained teeth, or normal wear on the outer tooth layer. Fluorosis is when there is excessive fluoridation during tooth development. Teeth can be stained in a variety of fashions. The obvious manner to stain teeth is through excessive smoking or drinking a lot of coffee, tea or wine. The less obvious method that results in stained teeth is from various medicines. Some medicines will alter the look of the teeth and whitening services may be necessary to restore a natural look. Finally, normal wear and tear. The protective layers on the teeth naturally wear down and a teeth whitening or bleaching service can help restore a healthy look to your teeth.