Teeth whitening can provide a dramatic difference in a short amount of time
Teeth will naturally lose their brightness over time. Drinking coffee or tea, using tobacco, and certain childhood medications can cause teeth to discolor or darken even faster than normal. Whitening, also known as bleaching, is the procedure used to brighten teeth. There are two different ways to achieve a desired whiter smile: In-Office Bleaching and At-Home Bleaching.
In-office bleaching usually requires only one office visit. A protective gel or a rubber shield is placed over the gums to protect the soft tissue. A bleaching agent containing carbamide peroxide is applied to the teeth, and a specialized light is used to enhance the action of the whitening agent. This is the fastest way to achieve results.
At-home bleaching requires an impression of the teeth to be taken to make customized trays to hold the whitening gel containing carbamide peroxide against the teeth. Once the trays are made, they are worn for a period of time, as instructed by our office. The amount of time may vary from a couple hours a day, or all night, for up to four weeks or longer, if desired.