Teeth Whitening

Having a beautiful smile may be even easier than you think. Many patients achieve the look they have been dreaming of with our simple “bleaching” procedures.

What are the details of Teeth Whitening?

It is safe, quick, and inexpensive. At any appointment, just let us know if you would like to begin the bleaching process. You can lighten only your upper teeth or both the upper and lower teeth depending on how many teeth you show when you talk and smile.

Professional prescription bleaching strips can be purchased in this office. For minor teeth staining, or for just brightening up your smile, we suggest you apply these strips daily to your upper and lower anterior teeth.

For more comprehensive teeth whitening, custom trays for the upper and lower arches can be made.  In only a day or two, custom bleach trays will be ready for you. We provide a special bleaching agent that you place into the clear trays. With only one hour of wear per day, an ADA-approved  bleaching agent bubbles superficial discolorations right off your enamel without altering tooth structure or existing dental work. When your teeth reach the desired brightness, only occasional treatment is needed to maintain the color of your new smile. We will want to take “after” photos at your next appointment.

Bleaching can also be accomplished with a stronger ADA-approved bleaching agent that can only be applied by a dental professional.  This visit is 30 minutes long.

Dental bleaching can be used to correct tooth discoloration. Discolorations can be caused by staining, aging, or chemical damage to teeth. Using the latest in bleaching technology, we can offer a safe method for creating a beautiful, brilliant smile. In cases of extreme tooth discoloration, crowns or veneers may be more appropriate. But because of the low cost of bleaching treatments, bleaching is nearly always worth a try.

Key Benefits of Teeth Whitening:

  • Correct brown, yellow, and mottled teeth stains.
  • Improve the aesthetics of your smile, regardless of age.
  • It is a near-permanent solution for a “dull” smile, restoring brightness.

How is teeth whitening done?

An impression is made to make a specialized (custom) tray that will hold the bleaching solution against the teeth. The material is used each night before bedtime for about one hour for a week or two.  By the end of this time, significant whitening will occur. In some cases, the change is nothing short of brilliant. For confidence in appearance, this bleaching technology allows us to promise improvements in yellowing, aging, or stained teeth.

Considerations for Teeth Whitening

Over-the-counter bleaching agents are available for purchase at drug stores and pharmacies. However, since these products may cause harm to the gums and teeth, it is advised that you use the products that our practice recommends.