One of the more appealing cosmetic methods being used today to enhance your overall smile is tooth whitening (or bleaching). This method is a simple and non-invasive dental treatment option used to alter the color of natural tooth enamel.
The number one aesthetic concern of most patients is having whiter teeth and now there are a number of methods to whiten teeth. A very popular method is to use a home whitening system that can drastically whiten teeth in as little as one week. Its is important to note that tooth whitening can only be accomplished on natural tooth enamel, so may need to evaluate whether to replace any old fillings, crowns, or bridges, etc. These replacement restorations will have to be done after whitening so as to match the newly bleached teeth. Also, whitening is not permanent. Touch-ups might be needed every few years and possibly more often if you happen to smoke, drink coffee, tea, or red wine.
Other reasons for tooth whitening include dental fluorosis. This happens when there is an excessive fluoridation during the development of teeth. Also, normal wear of the outer tooth layer, yellow and brown stained teeth, and stained teeth due to medications may factor into the decision to whiten teeth.