What is Tooth Whitening?
Tooth whitening is a bleaching process that reverses discolorations of enamel (the outside layer of tooth structure) to create a whiter, brighter appearance. No natural tooth structure is lost, and no anesthetic is required.
How do I know if tooth whitening is for me?
We’re glad to help you determine if you’re a good candidate. First, for your safety, we need to check the strength and condition of your teeth through an exam and x-rays.
What tooth whitening options are available?
Depending upon your unique situation, we may offer one of 2 different types of tooth whitening systems: in-office (active) or at home use (passive) under our professional supervision. Sometimes we recommend a combination of both to give you the best results in the least amount of time. Regardless of which type of system is best for you, it’s important that you follow our professional recommendations. We want to be sure you receive the best and safest treatment available.
What happens during in-office tooth whitening?
Advancement in whitening products makes in-office tooth whitening faster and more effective than ever. Also called chairside bleaching, the procedure can be accomplished in one to three visits that take from 30 minutes to an hour.
What happens during at-home tooth whitening?
First you will be fitted for thin custom mouth trays for use at home. Then we’ll discuss with you the many products that offer varying concentrations of bleaching agents, which determines the wear time required for whitening results. Peroxide-containing whiteners come in a gel form that you apply to your custom-fitted mouth tray. During at-home treatment, you must return to our office to ensure the product is working and that your teeth and gums remain healthy.