Teeth whitening is a special tooth bleaching procedure that uses a hydrogen peroxide-based gel combined with light to provide deep whitening, not just on the very surface of the tooth but in the underlying layers of dentin for dramatic and long-lasting results. Our teeth whitening solutions are extremely concentrated and designed to be used in a professional office setting under the guidance of a skilled professional, providing results that are far superior to over-the-counter whitening products.
Professional teeth whitening uses whitening agents that are significantly stronger than those available in over-the-counter whitening products for removal of deeper stains, plus the trays and application process ensure the results are consistent across every surface of your teeth. Having your teeth whitened professionally also ensures issues like decay, cracks and chips are treated so your chances of experiencing tooth sensitivity during treatment can be reduced.
Yes, professional tooth whitening uses agents approved by the FDA for whitening teeth so your whole smile looks younger and brighter. Plus, since professional whitening is performed under the supervision of a dental professional, you can feel confident you’ll get the best results possible.
While you may have some slight sensitivity after your treatment, especially if you have very sensitive teeth, any sensitivity you do experience will resolve quickly. To help reduce the risk of sensitivity, it’s a good idea to have a checkup prior to whitening to ensure there are no tiny fissures or areas of untreated decay which can cause sensitivity issues to occur.
Teeth whitening is usually preceded by a cleaning to ensure the gel is able to penetrate the tooth surfaces evenly and to reduce potential sensitivity. Before the gel is applied, a mouthguard will be used to gently hold your lips open and back to enable the activating light to reach all your teeth. Next, the gel will be applied and a special light will be focused on your teeth for about 15 minutes. Once the time is up, the gel will be removed from your teeth, revealing your whiter, brighter, healthier-looking smile. While a single treatment can yield good results, a series of up to three treatments can provide the best results, especially when staining and discoloration are significant.