Teeth whitening is a simple, non-invasive dental treatment used to change the color of natural tooth enamel and is an ideal way to enhance the beauty of your smile.
Because having whiter teeth has now become the number one aesthetic concern of most patients, there are a number of ways to whiten teeth. The most popular method is using a home tooth whitening system that will dramatically whiten teeth. Since tooth whitening only works on natural tooth enamel, it is important to evaluate replacement of any old fillings, crowns, etc. Replacement of any restorations will be done after bleaching so they will match the newly bleached teeth. Tooth whitening is not permanent. A touch-up may be needed every several years and more often if you smoke, drink coffee, tea, or wine.
In-Office and At-Home Teeth Whitening
Sheer White is a 5-day, at-home system that uses a 20% carbamide peroxide whitening solution. This is a great option for someone with extra teeth sensitivity who may not be able to handle a more powerful treatment. You will be given a kit that contains thin and flexible film strips that are covered with a layer of gel. The strips will easily mold to your teeth when applied and provide a tight seal, without leakage. You can wear the strips for up to 2 hours (30 minutes minimum) and even hold a conversation or have a drink. Some patients choose to have touch ups every 6 to 12 months.
If you are interested in whitening your teeth, keep in mind that you will want to first schedule a regular cleaning to get the teeth ready for the bleaching process.
Powerful, prescription-strength Opalescence Take Home Whitening Gels are available in varying strengths depending on your dental needs. Opalescence Take Home Whitening Gels can provide results after just one night, although results may vary and can take up to a week before you experience noticeable changes.
The fee includes 4 syringes to be used either day or night, depending on the amount of carbamide peroxide within the syringe.
Prefilled, disposable trays, so it’s easy to take with you anywhere you go. Opalescence Go offers a whiter smile in just 5-10 days when you wear your trays 15-60 minutes daily. Opalescence Go is the professional alternative to over-the-counter whitening options. It’s a simple, fast, and a great-tasting way to start a whitening treatment or touch up an already whitened smile. With no impressions or custom trays necessary, Opalescence Go is ready to use right out of the package.
Philips Zoom Whitening
Zoom is a bleaching and whitening system that contains a high concentration of hydrogen peroxide. As you relax and sit back in a chair, your dentist will apply a bleaching gel to the teeth in 3 15-minute cycles. Gums are protected during this process. Once the procedure is complete, you are ready to go! There is no downtime or recovery, though your teeth may feel sensitive at first. On average, most patients see their teeth whiten by about 8 shades.
Zoom is also offered as an at-home whitening product. In this case, we will create a custom tray for your teeth and give you the instructions on how to complete the process at home. This is also offered as a touch-up option after the in-office procedure.