Steamboat Springs Veneers and Implants

Teeth Whitening

Teeth can discolor through the years as enamel wears down. The wearing down of enamel allows dentin, a yellow color substance that makes the core of our teeth, to show through. This is what gives our teeth a yellowish tint. Teeth whitening helps restore teeth to a whiter color through the use of bleach.

Teeth whitening methods
There are two popular teeth whitening options available through your dentist. The first, in-office teeth whitening, produces a significant color change in your teeth in a short amount of time, usually within an hour. The procedure is done at the dentist's office by applying a high-concentration peroxide gel on the teeth after you gums have been protected with a special shield.

The second method involves the use of custom made bleaching trays.  These trays can be used in conjunction with in-office whitening or on a stand alone basis.  These bleaching trays are used at home with prescription strength whitening gel.  The strength of the gel used in these kits is higher than gels that can be purchased over the counter and the trays are custom made to conform to your teeth.  Usually the trays are worn one to two hours a day for a few days or weeks depending on the ultimate shade desired.  These trays can be repeatedly reused when the teeth show signs of yellowing.

Its best to consult your dentist to understand which whitening option is best for you.