If you don't like your smile when you look in the mirror or feel self-conscious because your teeth are discolored, there are a variety of whitening procedures that can help you obtain the smile of your dreams.
Choosing the Right White: With strips, trays, and toothpaste all claiming to be the best tooth whitening systems, it can be hard to choose how to whiten your teeth. Our office can help you decide the best approach based on your individual needs, time constraints, and budget. Whiteners may not correct all types of discolorations.
Whitening in Our Office: This procedure is called chair-side or professional bleaching and may require more than one office visit. Each visit may take from 30 minutes to one hour. We use an in-office whitening gel that is professionally applied to your teeth and activated by a light source, giving you significantly whiter teeth in less than an hour. Typically, teeth with a yellowish hue respond best to whitening.
Whitening Your Teeth at Home: If you are an adult who practices good oral hygiene and doesn't suffer from periodontal disease, our office can help you decide whether an at-home whitening system or having your teeth whitened in our office best meets your needs. If you choose to go with an at-home system, you will wear a custom-made whitening tray that looks like a thin, transparent night guard. You will fill the tray with a mild whitening gel and will need to wear the gel-filled tray for a specified period of time each day (per our office's instructions). This procedure must be continued over a period of time that generally extends from two to four weeks.
Whitening Products Found in Stores: If you are considering over-the-counter whitening products, we can also recommend products that will offer you the best results. Whitening toothpaste that has the American Dental Association (ADA) Seal of Acceptance contains special chemical or polishing agents that generally provide some stain removing effect.