Bleaching and whitening is a popular service in dentistry. When done correctly, bleaching has evolved to be safe, effective, and to not damage the teeth. We caution patients about using some over-the-counter whitening products. While many are safe, most are not as strong as what we use at our office and some contain high levels of acid. Short term this will make the teeth whiter because it removes some of the minerals and reflects more light, but it is actually damaging to the teeth over long-term use. Some of these products also make the teeth more sensitive. We are careful to use products that cause less sensitivity. Bleaching teeth is a routine service in Dr. Lais’ office.
Patients who are considering restorations to their front teeth, whether composite fillings, bonding, veneers or crowns, should consider bleaching before the restorative work to make their teeth as white as they’d like because bleaching can not be done afterwards.