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Teeth Whitening

Teeth whitening (or bleaching) is the simplest, non-invasive dental treatment used to improve your smile and to change the color of natural tooth enamel.

Dr. Rudy DIttrich and Dr. Craig Mitchell in Cupertino, have been offering teeth whitening services for over 30 years. They understand that having whiter teeth is the number one aesthetic concern of most patients, and there are a number of ways to whiten teeth.  The most popular method they have found for their patients is using a home teeth whitening system that will whiten teeth dramatically.  Since teeth whitening only works on natural tooth enamel, it is important to evaluate the potential replacement of any old fillings or crowns, that might be adjacent to the teeth they are whitening.  Replacement of any old restorations will typically be done after the bleaching so they will match the newly bleached teeth.

Teeth whitening is not considered permanent.  A touch-up may be needed every several months or years, depending if you smoke, drink coffee, tea, or wine.

Some common reasons for teeth whitening:

  • Fluorosis (excessive fluoride exposure at an early age during tooth development).
  • Normal wear of the outer tooth layer (enamel).
  • Stained teeth due to certain medications (commonly tetracycline if given during tooth development, etc.).
  • Yellow, brown stained teeth from smoking, age, or coffee.

What does teeth whitening involve?

This type of teeth whitening usually requires two visits.  At your first appointment, they will take impressions (molds)  of your teeth to fabricate custom, clear, plastic, trays.

At your second appointment, you will try on the trays to make sure they fit comfortably, and adjustments will be made if necessary.  The trays are worn with special whitening solution put into the tray, either twice a day for 30 minutes or overnight for a couple of weeks depending on the degree of staining and desired level of whitening.  It is normal to experience mild tooth sensitivity temporarily during the time you are whitening your teeth, but it will subside shortly after you have stopped bleaching.

You will receive additional care instructions for your teeth and trays, and it is encouraged to visit us regularly to help maintain a beautiful, healthy, white smile.

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