Bleaching

Your teeth will darken over time. Changes in the color of your teeth can be caused by such factors as the food and beverages consumed (like coffee, tea and soda). Other known factors for discoloration may include childhood medications or illnesses, tobacco use or improper oral hygiene. We can provide a variety of bleaching options for whitening your smile.

In-Office Bleaching

This form of bleaching takes place in the dentist’s office and is considered to be the most effective. During your visit, your dentist will apply a high-concentration hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide gel in an application tray. These should fit well to ensure total coverage of each tooth. The gel is then light activated and left for 15 – 20 minutes. The trays are removed and the teeth are evaluated to determine if the correct shade has been attained. This procedure can be repeated two more times and yields quick results.

 

At-home bleaching

At-home bleaching involves low-concentration whitening trays sent home from your dentist or over-the-counter whitening products such as gels, strips and rinses. This type of bleaching requires a longer period of treatment – from a week to two weeks – using the product for a certain number of hours each day.

 

Please remember that not all stains will respond to bleaching.  In addition, bleaching will not work on tooth-colored fillings or dental bonding. We recommend not bleaching your teeth if you have infected gums or tooth decay.