Bleaching, also known as tooth whitening, is a procedure intended to brighten or “whiten” your teeth. We offer two methods to bleach your teeth: in-office or take-home bleaching.
What is the difference between in-office and take-home bleaching?
Our office uses Philips Zoom in-office whitening for the best results. Philips Zoom uses a high powered LED light to accelerate the bleaching process and enhance your results. Prior to treatment, we place Amorphous Calcium Phosphate on the teeth. This helps to reduce post-operative sensitivity.
In contrast, take-home bleaching as expected is completed at home. We take impressions your teeth and fabricate custom bleaching trays. We then provide take home bleaching gel that you can place inside of the trays and use at the comfort of your own home. Take home bleaching gel is less concentrated than in-office gel. As a result, the bleaching process takes longer to achieve desired results. Take-home bleaching is best used to maintain your teeth after in-office whitening is completed. Please inquire as to which tooth whitening option may be best for you.
How does tooth whitening work?
Tooth whitening utilizes a gel composed of carbamide or hydrogen peroxide. The gel will penetrate your enamel and reach the discolored molecules within the tooth. As this occurs, the oxygen in the gel will react with the discoloration. As a result, bonds are broken within the discolored molecules. This causes the teeth to whiten.
Is whitening toothpaste effective?
Whitening toothpaste can be effective for removing surface stains. However, it will not penetrate deep to the tooth to remove intrinsic staining. The abrasive nature of the toothpaste helps to remove surface stains. This can lead to stripped enamel. Therefore, we do not recommend whitening toothpaste for daily use. It is much better to use less abrasive tooth paste daily and use whitening gel to achieve tooth whitening.
Frequently Asked Questions.
How long does in-office whitening take?
In-office tooth whitening is completed in one visit. This visit typically takes 90 minutes.
How bright will my teeth get with in-office whitening?
Your teeth will generally whiten between 5 and 8 shades lighter than where you started. Prior to beginning treatment we will take the starting shade of your teeth. We can then show you what type of result we expect to achieve.
Does tooth whitening hurt your teeth?
It does not. The gel may create temporary hot and cold sensitivity, however it doesn’t actually harm the teeth.
How can I prevent post-operative pain?
To help protect your teeth against post-operative sensitivity, we recommend switching to an anti-sensitivity toothpaste prior to treatment. In addition, we apply a desensitizing gel before and after treatment. This helps limit any post-operative pain. For most patients, any sensitivity typically resolves within 1-2 days post-treatment.