What is Teeth Whitening?
Teeth whitening is the process of using bleaching products in order to brighten stained or darkened teeth. The cause of these stains can come from food, tobacco, injury, or aging. Depending on the whitening method teeth can either be restored to their natural shade or be whitened beyond that shade. Patients can receive this popular procedure for a one time boost or continuously to maintain their brighter color.
Types of In-Office Whitening
At Clarendon Dental Arts, we offer in-office teeth whitening options that can brighten your teeth up to 5 shades. During a consultation with Dr. Fresch Gray, patients will discuss their preferred method of whitening. Bleaching options include professionally applied whitening gel and laser or light treatment.
If a patient chooses whitening gel, Dr. Fresch Gray will apply a high concentration of hydrogen peroxide to the teeth. Patients will have to let the gel sit on their teeth at the office but can return to normal activities following the appointment.
Laser or Light Treatment
Laser or light treatments involve a whitening solution in combination with a special light or laser. The laser or light activates the solution and provides results after just one session.
Before & After Teeth Whitening
Benefits of In-Office Whitening
There are many options patients can choose from to whiten their teeth. Those that choose in-office whitening can expect to receive benefits including:
- Professional supervision
- Fast treatment and results
- Longer-lasting results
- Fewer sensitivity issues
Alternative Teeth Whitening Options
For those that cannot commit the time to an in-office visit have alternative options for teeth whitening. One option is custom mouth trays. Patients can receive these trays from Clarendon Dental Arts along with the in-office solution. These trays are custom fit and allow patients to apply the solution at their leisure. However, patients do not benefit from the professional application that comes with an in-office visit.
If in-office methods and take-home trays are too expensive patients can buy over-the-counter tooth-whitening kits. These options are less expensive than in-office treatments so the solution is a lower strength. Therefore, the whitening product will take a longer time to work or never provide the level of whitening desired.