Glenn S. Kupfer, D.D.S.
Family and Cosmetic Dentistry
Creating Beautiful Smiles
Call: (954) 341-0511

Tooth Whitening

Tooth whitening (or bleaching) is a simple, non-invasive dental treatment used to change the color of natural tooth enamel and is an ideal way to enhance the beauty of your smile.

Because having whiter teeth has now become the number one aesthetic concern of most patients, there are a number of ways to whiten teeth.  Two popular methods are use of an at home tooth whitening system using custom trays or in office tooth whitening with the Zoom system.  Either method is capable of whitening teeth dramatically.  Since tooth whitening only works on natural tooth enamel, it is important to evaluate replacement of any old fillings, crowns, etc.  Replacement of any restorations will be done after bleaching so they will match the newly bleached teeth.

Tooth whitening is not permanent.  A touch-up may be needed every several years, and more often if you smoke, drink coffee, tea, or wine.

Reasons for tooth whitening:

  • Fluorosis (excessive fluoridation during tooth development).
  • Normal wear of outer tooth layer.
  • Stained teeth due to medications (tetracycline, etc.).
  • Yellow, brown stained teeth.

What does tooth whitening involve?

At home tooth whitening usually requires two visits.  At the first appointment, impressions (molds) will be made of your teeth to fabricate custom, clear plastic, trays.  At your second appointment, you will try on the trays for proper fit, and adjustments will be made if necessary.  The trays are worn with special whitening solution for approximately two hours per day for a couple of weeks depending on the degree of staining and desired level of whitening.  In office bleaching with the Zoom system will require a short pre-bleaching appointment, the actual bleaching appointment and a follow up appointment to check the final shade.  Some patients may experience tooth sensitivity with bleaching procedures.  We have different methods of decreasing sensitivity if this should occur.  Sensitivity during bleaching will subside shortly after you have stopped bleaching.

Most importantly, your tooth whitening is done with our professional supervision.  You will receive care instructions for your teeth and trays and be encouraged to visit your dentist regularly to help maintain your beautiful, healthy, white smile.