Teeth whitening is the process of removing stains and discoloration from your teeth. Most commonly, these stains are caused by smoking, drinking dark liquids such as coffee, and aging.
At-home whitening kits are available for use at night while you sleep. Whitening strips are a popular option, and they contain hydrogen peroxide that breaks down stains and discoloration as they dissolve. While you may see results quickly with at-home whitening, the results are not as dramatic as professional whitening.
Professional whitening is the process of whitening all the teeth in your mouth. It is typically performed in two parts
1. In-Office Whitening: This professional whitening process includes the use of a chairside whitening gel that’s applied to your teeth. This gel contains a higher concentration of hydrogen peroxide, so it’s able to break down stains and discoloration more quickly.
2. Take-Home Whitening: This is a professional tooth whitening kit that’s given to you at the end of your in-office whitening appointment. Your dentist will give you instructions on how to use the take-home kit, which includes the use of trays and gel that contain a lower concentration of hydrogen peroxide.
Custom-made whitening trays are one of the most practical in-office teeth whitening options. These trays fit your teeth perfectly, allowing you the ability to enjoy several whitening sessions, each lasting approximately 30 minutes. The whitening gel and tray combination is one of the strongest whitening formulas available, and it is often more effective than what you can purchase at the store.
Many people prefer laser teeth whitening over other methods because it’s faster, more convenient, and more effective. Our process is simple. First, our dentist will apply a strong bleaching gel to your teeth. This will break down stains and lift them away. Then, a special light will be used to accelerate the process. You’ll leave the office with teeth that are up to 8 shades lighter.
The effects of teeth whitening treatment generally last for about a year. But, if you smoke, drink coffee, or eat foods that stain teeth, such as berries, red wine, or soda, you can expect the results to last about six months to a year.