There are many types of whitening available to patients today from take- home kits to in-office whitening. Teeth whitening is ideal for people who have healthy, unrestored teeth (no fillings) and gums. Individuals with yellow tones to their teeth respond best.
All toothpastes help remove surface stains, because they contain mild abrasives. Some whitening toothpastes chemical agents that provide additional stain removal. Over-the-counter and professional whitening products contain carbamide peroxide or hydrogen peroxide that helps lighten the color deep in the tooth. Whitening toothpastes can lighten the tooth’s color by about one shade. Whitening strips are also available and are very thin, virtually invisible strips that are coated with a peroxide-based whitening gel.
Tray-based tooth whitening systems involve filling a mouth guard-like tray with a gel whitening solution--which contains a peroxide-bleaching agent. The tray is worn for a period of time, depending on the degree of discoloration and desired level of whitening.
In-office bleaching provides the quickest way to whiten teeth. With in-office bleaching, the whitening product is applied directly to the teeth. Dramatic results are seen after only one 60-minute treatment, making your teeth three to seven shades lighter. Ask one of our team members which would be the most effective way to whiten your teeth today!