Teeth Whitening

Whitening, or “teeth bleaching”  is the most commonly requested dental service in the United States.  Popularity was bolstered by Television makeover shows featuring the “Zoom” system.  Whitening does not harm teeth, and can remove years of staining in a very short time.  Dr. Coates uses a combination of bleaching systems that can be used at home or in the office.

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The whitening process is possible due to the ability of the carbamide peroxide and hydrogen peroxide to freely pass through enamel and dentin and to permeate to all parts of the tooth.  These peroxides break down into oxygen radicals, which migrate between the enamel prisms, breaking down any colored molecules that result in tooth discoloration. The structure of the tooth is not altered; the internal tooth color is simply made lighter.

Bleaching agents break down into tiny molecules and move in all directions so even if the entire tooth is not covered with bleach, the entire tooth is

Numerous studies have proven the effectiveness of peroxides in whitening teeth. Enamel, dentin, existing fillings, and bonding materials are not affected by the whitening agents, nor are they harmed by the whitening materials.