There are many reasons why teeth become stained or discolored: tobacco use; dark liquids like wine, coffee, tea, cola; staining foods like blueberries, pasta sauces, beets, etc. Age is also a significant factor. Multiple over-the-counter whitening options include take-home strips, bleaching toothpastes and whitening floss (be aware of possible presence of fluoride), and take-home bleaching gels.
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Organic Charcoal-Based Whitening Powder $19 in our office
This non-abrasive whitening powder also strengthens enamel and minimizes tooth sensitivity by supporting natural remineralization. It detoxifies oral tissues and helps maintain a balanced pH.
Ingredients: bentonite clay, organic coconut, activated charcoal, myrhh gum powder, organic stevia leaf powder, organic hibiscus powder, organic peppermint leaf powder, organic orris root powder, organic cinnamon powder. One jar lasts months.
While dietary modification is always our recommended first line of defense in promoting healthier gums, tissues, and teeth (the standard American diet of processed foods generates acidity), Bentonite clay helps establish a balanced oral pH when your dietary choices can less than ideal. In contact with saliva (which is conducive, hence an electrolyte), bentonite clay’s negative electrical charge binds to the positive charge of toxins present in the fluid. Upon binding around teeth and on the tongue and gums, the clay removes toxins, chemicals, and impurities introduced to the oral cavity via non-organic, pesticide and antibiotic-containing foods or by foods containing high fructose corn syrup, transfats, GMOs, etc., It also binds and removes heavy metals like mercury from amalgams, cadmium from dentures and from gutta percha, lead and benzene. Furthermore, the minerals in the clay - calcium, phosphate, magnesium, silica, sodium, copper, iron, potassium - provide anti-bacterial and anti-viral effects and support the body's production of hydroxyapatite. The enamel of teeth is composed of calcium and phosphate, which form the structure called hydroxyapatite.
organic coconut: anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, anti-viral, anti-inflammatory
myrhh: stops bleeding, relieves toothaches, anti-viral, freshens breath
stevia: anti-inflammatory, root sweetener that does not spike glycemic index
hibiscus: helps maintain healthy levels of blood pressure and cholesterol
peppermint leaf: freshens breath, supports digestion (the mouth represents the beginning stages of digestion), improves respiratory health, inhibits growth of detrimental bacteria as well as tartar formation, contains anti-oxidants, promotes normal cell growth and healing
orris root: anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, anti-viral, anti-fungal
cinnamon: anti-bacterial, supplies manganese, fiber, iron, and calcium, exhibits regulatory effect on blood sugar
If you don't mind tray wear, you can use a customized tray whitening system. Whitening involves ½ hour for impressions in our office and then ½ hour of at-home tray wear per day for as few as 3 days or for as many days as it takes to achieve the results you desire. YOU choose your shade! Compliance is key. The rate at which your teeth brighten will vary according to such factors as body chemistry, age, enamel composition, and whitening history. Dietary restriction during bleaching will speed the process but is not required. 9% strength is available. If you have sensitive teeth, consider alternating whitening days with fluoride-free MI Paste. MI Paste reduces or eliminates whitening sensitivity! Our fee for custom trays and initial whitening kit is $325. Refill kits are $35. MI Paste (fluoride-free) is $37.
NOTE: Postpone whitening in certain circumstances.
Pregnant or lactating women are advised against bleaching treatment.
Parents are advised against seeking bleaching treatment for children under age 16.
Whitening is contra-indicated in the context of tooth decay or gum disease.
Whitening is contra-indicated in the presence of amalgam fillings; bleaching oxidizes the mercury component of amalgams.
Veneers, Crowns, Bonding
If you have veneers, crowns, or bonded teeth that show when you smile, whitening trays will not change the original color of the porcelain, ceramic, or bonding (although whitening will remove stains accumulated on the surfaces). After your whitening session, natural teeth will stand out as noticeably brighter. Plan to wait a week after the final bleaching session - for the pellicle of the teeth to regenerate and for the new color to settle - before beginning replacement dentistry.
Recent Professional Cleaning
Your teeth should be professionally cleaned before you begin to whiten. Any plaque/tartar on your teeth will block the whitening process.
Your rate of color regression will depend upon your dietary habits. Coffee, teas, colas, and red wine stain teeth. Smoking, in particular, stains teeth. Color regression can be slowed – regardless of the whitening system used – with monthly tray whitening maintenance and by daily use of a sonic toothbrush.
Note: Regardless of which system you choose, the time it takes to reach your ideal shade will vary according to factors such as body chemistry, bleaching history, age, and enamel composition. Compliance with recommended tray wear will be key.
Bleaching can cause sensitivity for certain individuals. (Sensitivity feels like tingling or the sharp twang you get when you bite into ice cream or ice.) If you experience sensitivity, the twangs will be random, and sensitivity will come and go. There is no way to predict if you will experience sensitivity. If you do experience sensitivity, it may not occur until after the procedure, and it may last as briefly as a few hours or as long as 24 hours.
* See Dietary Restrictions below.
You can follow dietary restrictions if you wish to maximize whitening outcome (special event, for instance). The oxygen in the bleach that activates the bleaching process also removes microscopic debris from between the crystals of tooth structure. During bleaching and for at least 24 hours after the final session, the pores of the teeth are cleansed and opened. Stay away from staining foods and drinks. To the greatest extent possible, plan a non-colored diet for yourself until the protective coating of the teeth regenerates. If you eat or drink anything that will stain a white shirt, you will stain your teeth. Do not use lipstick or colored lip balm or gloss for 24 hours after bleaching. Do not use colored toothpaste or mouthwash. Do not smoke. If you must smoke, you should smoke as infrequently as possible but not at all is best.
Recommended foods and beverages include white fish, white turkey, white chicken, white pork, white tuna/lobster/crab, mashed white potatoes or baked white potatoes without the skin, cauliflower, white squash, white onions, peeled zucchini, pasta with butter or white sauce (not tomato sauce), white rice, oatmeal, non-colored cereals, bananas, apples without the skin, pears, white cheeses, cottage cheese, white yogurt, white ice cream or pudding, white rolls, water, milk, 7-Up, Sprite. Be creative!
Again: no lipstick, no coffee, no tea, no colored sodas, no red wine, no blueberries, and NO SMOKING.
If you feel you must drink a staining beverage, it may help to keep the beverage off the outer surface of the teeth by carefully drinking through a straw. This is NOT, however, recommended and may slow the whitening process. Using a sonic toothbrush immediately after eating, drinking (or smoking) will also help.
What Happens After Treatment?
The same external factors that caused tooth discoloration in the first place can restain teeth. Use your whitening trays for touch-ups as needed!
Custom Tray Whitening
We make your trays with small pockets to hold the whitening gel against your teeth.
Wear trays for 1/2 hour when you generally have least need to speak (maybe while taking a shower in the morning or watching TV in the evening). Speaking will move the trays in your mouth and allow saliva to get into the gel; saliva will contaminate the gel and stop the bleaching action. You may choose to wear your trays for 1/2 hour twice a day to get quicker results. Be aware that wearing the trays for longer than 1/2 hour per session will not yield improved results because saliva will contaminate the bleach and stop the whitening action.
Directions: Squeeze a drop of gel into each pocket, and place trays over teeth. If gel squirts onto gum tissue, you've placed too much. Wear the trays that day, but clean excess bleach from gums with a tissue or wet cloth. The next day, use less whitening agent in the pockets. If you place trays on your teeth and see air bubbles inside tray pockets, you've used too little bleach. Wear trays that day. The next day, use more whitening agent in the pockets.
If you experience sensitivity, try wearing fluoride-free MI Paste in your custom whitening trays for a half hour one day and then whitening gel the next day, alternating until you acheieve the shade you desire. If you still experience sensitivity, try wearing MI Paste for 4 or 5 consecutive days prior to bleaching, and then alternate days for whitening gel and MI Paste.
NOTE: If you have never bleached and you are older, it may take as long as two weeks (sometimes longer) before you begin to see results. Don't give up. You too can have white teeth! Once teeth have been conditioned and the whitening process has finally begun, teeth lighten quickly. Wear the trays until you achieve the color you want!
Non-Abrasive, Organic Charcoal-Based Whitening and Detoxifyng Powder
Whitens naturally. Strengthens enamel and minimizes tooth sensitivity by supporting natural remineralization. Detoxifies oral tissues. Ingredients: bentonite clay, organic coconut activated charcoal, myrhh gum powder, organic stevia leaf powder, organic hibiscus powder, organic peppermint leaf powder, organic orris root powder, organic cinnamon powder. Use small amount on toothbrush regularly. One jar lasts months. $19.
While dietary modification is always our recommended first line of defense in promoting healthier gums, tissues, and teeth (the standard American diet of processed foods creates acidity and must be revised),Bentonite clay helps establish a balanced oral pH. In contact with saliva (which is conducive, hence an electrolyte), bentonite clay’s negative electrical charge binds to the positive charge of toxins present in the fluid. Upon binding in the mouth, around teeth and on the tongue and gums, the clay removes toxins, chemicals, impurities introduced to the oral cavity via non-organic, pesticide and antibiotic-containing foods, by foods containing high fructose corn syrup, transfats, GMOs, etc., and it binds and removes heavy metals like mercury from amalgams, cadmium from dentures and from gutta percha, lead and benzene. Furthermore, the clay’s minerals - including calcium, phosphate, magnesium, silica, sodium, copper, iron, potassium - provide anti-bacterial and anti-viral effects and support natural re-mineralization of teeth.
Thank you for whitening with us!