A dazzling, whiter smile can be yours! If your teeth are discolored and you’d like a brighter smile, we can help! If you are considering cosmetic improvements such as crowns, porcelain veneers, or just replacing old discolored fillings, you may also wish to whiten your teeth first. Any restorations we make for you can be matched to your whitened teeth, to give great overall results.
For your convenience, we offer in-office or take-home teeth whitening options. Each has different advantages, and each is effective for different situations. We will be glad to discuss the available options and answer any questions you have.
In-Office Whitening Options
The best way to begin any teeth whitening regimen is to schedule an appointment and talk to us about options. Before we provide any treatment, we require that you have a comprehensive or periodic exam by one of our dentists to ensure your teeth are healthy. For in-office teeth whitening, we offer Start Pure® Professional and Philips Zoom! Whitening in-office procedures. Depending on your specific needs, we will recommend the best option for you.
How do the in-office whitening processes work?
The Start Pure Professional whitening process works with a super violet LED light. Patients and the dental assistant wear goggles to protect their eyes, and it’s all done in a single appointment. The process is simple and does not require us to take impressions.
The Zoom! Whitening process uses a carbon peroxide formula. For seven days prior to the in-office treatment, patients desensitize their gums at home using trays while they sleep. Then before we begin the treatment in our office, we protect the gums with an application of Liquidam, and then paint on the Zoom! Whitening formula.
What are the timeframes of the Start Pure and Zoom! Whitening processes?
With the Start Pure Professional system, regular whitening sessions take 40 minutes including instructions, preparation, and the actual whitening process. For patients who would like even whiter teeth, we offer double sessions, which last 60 minutes.
For Zoom! Whitening, the process may require between one and four 15-minute sessions in our office, depending on patients’ desired shade of teeth whiteness.
How might patients perform additional whitening or maintenance at home after an in-office whitening appointment?
Patients who schedule a regular Start Pure 40-minute in-office whitening session are given a take-home whitening pen, which lasts between 30 and 40 uses. We provide two take-home whitening pens for patients who schedule a 60-minute in-office whitening session. It’s best to finish an entire pen after beginning, but patients may stop using a pen once their teeth reach the desired level of whiteness. The take-home pen works with microbrush and whitening gel (no light).
Zoom! Whitening patients may opt to maintain their whitening with custom-fit take-home trays. With this option, patients can expect to spend approximately one hour every three months to maintain the shade of teeth whitening they achieved with Zoom.
At-Home Teeth Whitening Options
For patients who prefer to perform their own teeth whitening at home without any in-office procedure, we offer Start Pure Dual System Take Home Pens. These are available for purchase after we perform an exam to determine that a patient’s teeth are healthy. These professional whitening pens work well on their own, and can be a good choice for patients seeking results similar to those that our in-office whitening process may provide.
Are paint-on teeth whiteners also available over the counter?
Paint-on whiteners can be purchased over the counter, and while they are normally less expensive than whitening strips or professional options, in many cases they are also less effective. As their name suggests, users apply paint-on teeth whitening gel to their teeth with a small brush. As it hardens into a film, the whitening gel coats the treated teeth and dissolves in the mouth. Before you begin treating discolored teeth with this process, we recommend that you consult us.
What are teeth whitening strips and how do they work?
Teeth whitening strips are made of thin, flexible polyethylene (plastic). On one side of each strip is a thin film of hydrogen peroxide bleaching. Whitening strip kits normally include different-sized strips for the upper teeth and the lower teeth. You open the strips carefully, place them across your teeth, and gently press them into place so that the bleaching agent makes contact with as many of your teeth as possible. You can expect to wear the strips about 30 minutes at a time, twice a day. The full treatment process timeframe will vary.
How do teeth whitening toothpastes and mouthwashes work?
Whitening toothpastes and mouthwashes work to remove surface stains through the use of mild abrasives. However, these products do not lighten the actual shade of the teeth. Whitening toothpastes affect surface stains by cleaning only, and may mildly lighten your teeth. They are the least expensive options.
If you would like to learn more about teeth whitening, please contact us to schedule an appointment.