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Teeth Whitening

There is no reason to live with yellow or stained teeth.

Whitening your teeth is:

  • Quick
  • Painless (some patients experience temporary tooth sensitivity)
  • Affordable

There are three options when it comes to teeth whitening:

  • In-office whitening
  • Take home whitening
  • Over the counter whitening

1. In-office Whitening (one hour appointment)

We put a barrier cream on your gums to protect them and then apply a strong bleaching gel to your teeth. You sit and wait while the bleach does its job (favorite ways to pass the time are: watching our in-room TVs, checking your email on your smart phone, playing angry birds, Facebook…etc.). Then we come remove the bleaching gel and barrier cream. Viola! You leave with beautiful white teeth!

Pros

  • Beautiful professional results in one hour

Cons

  • More expensive then take home whitening
  • Potential for temporary gum irritation from the bleach
  • Potential for temporary tooth sensitivity to hot and cold

2. Take Home Whitening

We create custom bleaching trays for you and send you home with the trays and bleaching gel. The bleaching gel used for take home whitening is not as strong as the bleaching gel we use for in-office whitening.

Patients must wear the bleaching trays with gel daily for approximately one hour.

Pros

  • Cheaper than in-office bleaching
  • Great whitening results
  • Bleaching trays can be worn any time that is convenient for you
  • The custom trays provide a precision fit that delivers even application of bleaching gel to teeth and results in even whitening.

Cons

  • It takes up to two weeks to see results and up to one month to see full results
  • Potential for temporary gum irritation from the bleach
  • Potential for temporary tooth sensitivity to hot and cold
  • Some patients forget to bleach daily so results take even longer to be seen

3. Over The Counter Whitening Products

There are lots of over the counter whitening products available at the drug store or grocery story. The bleaching agent used in these whitening products is much weaker than the bleaching gel used for take home and in-office whitening.

Pros

  • Cheapest option
  • Good whitening results can be obtained

Cons

  • It can take many weeks and multiple purchases of the product before notable results are seen
  • If the bleaching material isn’t applied correctly the teeth could whiten unevenly and result in a blotchy or mottled appearance
  • Potential for temporary gum irritation from the bleach
  • Potential for temporary tooth sensitivity to hot and cold
  • Many people forget to use the product daily and so it takes even longer for good results to be seen