Professional Teeth Whitening
Professional teeth whitening may be the simplest and least-invasive cosmetic dental treatment, but its effects can be dramatic when your teeth are stained and discolored. The process simply involves applying a professional-grade bleaching agent to the surfaces of your teeth and allowing the solution to break up stains on and underneath your semi-translucent tooth enamel.
What to Expect from Teeth Whitening
Take-Home Teeth Whitening
- One of the most convenient ways to professionally whiten your teeth is to take the treatment home with you and apply it when your schedule allows. Our take-home teeth whitening kit contains custom-made whitening trays that fit snugly over your teeth, and a supply of our professional-strength bleaching agent.
- To apply the bleaching agent evenly, you must wear the trays for at least an hour or more each day. After 10-14 days, your smile can be up to 10 shades brighter.
In-Office Teeth Whitening
- For quicker results, Dr. Correa may suggest in-office teeth whitening, which only requires one visit and lasts just over an hour. During your treatment, Dr. Correa will apply the whitening gel to your teeth, and then stimulate it with a special light.
- In-office whitening can brighten your smile up to eight shades or more, and is usually recommended for patients with exceptional dental health and little or no tooth sensitivity.
- After your in-office treatment, you can also opt for a take-home whitening kit so you can touch up stains and maintain your beautiful smile longer.
How Does Teeth Whitening Work?
Professional-strength teeth whitening gel is made from a peroxide-based solution, such as hydrogen peroxide. When it comes into contact with your outer layer of tooth enamel, it effectively breaks up the stains that have accumulated on it. As it works, the bleaching agent will oxidize and lighten the tooth structure directly underneath the semi-translucent enamel, and return your smile’s youthful, beautiful glow.
What If My Teeth Are Too Stained?
Teeth whitening is usually effective for most types of teeth stains, but if one or more of your teeth are discolored from within, rather than on their surfaces, then whitening may not work. Internal discoloration and other forms of tooth blemishes may require more involved treatment, such as porcelain veneers or cosmetic tooth bonding.