In-office teeth whitening provides the most effective way to whiten teeth. With in-office treatment, the whitening product is applied directly to the teeth and can be used in combination with heat, a special light, and/or a laser which accelerate the whitening process. Results can be seen in only one 30- to 60-minute treatment, however, to achieve dramatic results, several appointments are usually needed. However, with laser-enhanced bleaching, impressive results can be seen after the first treatment.
Teeth whitening is ideal for people who have healthy, unrestored teeth (no fillings) and healthy gums. Individuals with yellow tones to their teeth respond best to the treatment. Patients are also reminded that whitening is not permanent. People who expose their teeth to foods and beverages that cause staining may see the whiteness start to fade in as little as 1 month. Those who avoid foods and beverages that stain may be able to wait one year or longer before another whitening treatment or touch-up is needed. The degree of whiteness will vary from individual to individual depending on the condition of the teeth, nature of the stain, the type of bleaching system used and for how long.
Supervised in-office treatments offer significant benefits compared with over-the-counter procedures. Our qualified dental professionals can perform an oral examination and consider your complete medical history, which can be helpful in determining how your teeth became discolored and if bleaching is an appropriate course of treatment based on your type and extent of stains and type, number and location of restorations. We can then better match the type of stain with the best treatment, if appropriate, to lighten those stains. Our friendly dentists will continue to check on how the teeth whitening process is proceeding to ensure that you continually enjoy a bright and lasting smile.