More and more people today are choosing tooth-whitening procedures to reverse the effects of aging and abuse from food and tobacco stains on their teeth.
Whitening procedures have effectively restored the smile of people with stained, dull, or discolored teeth. However the whitening products only are effective on certain types of stains. For example, the bleaching agents have a difficult time removing brownish or grayish stains. These products also are not as effective on pitted or badly discolored teeth, or on restorations such as crowns, bridges, bonding and tooth-colored fillings (in these cases porcelain veneers or dental bonding may be more appropriate).
Professional whitening performed by our office is considered to be the most effective and safest method; done properly, tooth whitening can last as long as five years. Some of the over-the-counter whitening systems are somewhat effective as long as they are monitored and directions followed closely.