Teeth Whitening

Our teeth can discolor through the years as our enamel wears down. The wearing down of enamel allows dentin, a yellow color substance that makes the core of our teeth, to show through. This is what gives our teeth a yellowish tint. Teeth whitening helps restore teeth to a shiny white color through the use of bleach.

Teeth whitening methods
There are two popular teeth whitening options. The first, in-office teeth whitening, produces a significant color change in your teeth in a short amount of time, usually within an hour. The procedure is done at the dentist's office by applying a high-concentration peroxide gel on the teeth after they have been protected with a special shield.  You would be familiar with such whitening procedures such as Zoom. 

The second method, involves the use of take home whitening kits. Impressions are taken of your teeth and custom soft, plastic trays are fabricated.   A whitening gel is then placed in the tray, which is placed over the teeth.  The strength of the gel used in these kits is lower than that used for in-office bleaching, and thus the gel can be applied for longer periods of time without discomfort.  The desired whiteness is usually acheived within 2 weeks through wearing the trays a couple hours a day or overnight for a few days or weeks depending on the product.

All current university based research recommends taken home whitening to achieve a lasting, quality result.  For this reason, along with the sensitivity that can occur with in-office whitening, we only offer the custom tray whitening systems in our office.