Tooth whitening is a conservative but effective component of cosmetic dentistry. We recommend both at-home and in-office procedures to achieve teeth whitening. Both methods work and have advantages to consider. We will help you choose the method that will be most effective for you.
WHAT IS IN-OFFICE DENTAL WHITENING?
In-office dental whitening can be completed in one office visit. During the process, a protective gel will be applied to your gums to protect the oral soft tissues. A bleaching agent is then applied to the teeth, and a special light may be used to enhance the action of the agent. Three twenty-minute sessions will be completed during your visit. A custom fit appliance will also be made for use at home to maintain and enhance your result.
WHAT IS AT-HOME DENTAL WHITENING?
For at-home dental whitening methods, we will deliver whitening gel to you to place into a custom fit tray, made in our laboratory to precisely fit your teeth. You will keep the tray in place for at least 30 minutes but no more than 1 hour per day. The length of treatment will depend upon the amount of discoloration and the result desired.
ARE IN-OFFICE WHITENING TECHNIQUES SUPERIOR TO AT-HOME PROCEDURES?
At-home whitening will produce the most even and thorough whitening. It allows you more control of your results. If you choose an in-office procedure, we will suggest some at-home assistance to maintain your results.
AM I A CANDIDATE FOR TEETH WHITENING?
Modern whitening agents will lighten the teeth of almost every person. However, the technique will not eliminate all types of stains. If you have had bonding or tooth-colored fillings placed on your front teeth, the whitening agent will not modify the color of the restorations. In these cases, you may wish to investigate other options, like porcelain veneers.