Teeth Whitening/Bleaching Options in our office
Two major teeth whitening options are available. Both rely on one of multiple concentrations of active ingredients and varying application times.
Significant color change in a short period of time is the major benefit of in-office whitening. This protocol involves the carefully controlled use of a relatively high-concentration active gel, applied to the teeth after the gums have been protected with a paint-on isolating material (rubber dam). Generally, the gel remains on the teeth for several 15 to 20-minute intervals that add up to an hour (at most). Those with particularly stubborn staining may be advised to return for one or more additional bleaching sessions, or may be asked to continue with a home-use whitening system.
PROFESSIONALLY DISPENSED TAKE-HOME WHITENING KITS
Professionally dispensed take-home whitening kits can produce the best results long-term. Take-home kits incorporate an easy-to-use lower-concentration active gel that remains on the teeth for about an hour a day. The gel is applied to the teeth using custom-made bleaching trays that resemble soft-thin mouth guards.