Dr Ari Kupietzky, DMD, MSc

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Bleaching: To Brighten Your Smile

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Bleaching will brighten the color of teeth that are discolored, stained, or have been darkened as a result of injury. It changes the color of the teeth without removing any tooth structure.

Bleaching is comfortable, and the side effects are few. Some patients find their teeth are more sensitive to hot and cold foods, but the sensitivity disappears after a few days. A toothpaste for sensitive teeth may help.

Our preferred method is a bleaching kit that the patient receives from the dentist and uses at home. In the first visit, the dentist takes a model of the patient’s teeth. In the second visit, the patient picks up the custom-made bleaching tray and the bleaching gel. Then the patient wears the tray, filled with the bleaching gel, usually at night for several nights.