Teeth darken and stain
No matter how well you take care of your teeth, they can darken and stain over time.
Before we begin any whitening treatment, we check the health of your teeth and repair any damage. We may take impressions of your teeth. From the impressions, we make plastic trays to fit your teeth exactly.
You use these trays at home with a special whitening gel that is stronger than any over-the-counter product.
At home procedure
Place a small amount of the whitening gel on the front surface of the trays and place them over your teeth. If gel gets on your gums, simply wipe it off.
You wear the trays for about two weeks. Depending on your situation, we may recommend that you wear the tray an hour a day or overnight.
You should see results in just a few weeks.
A home whitening system can:
- lighten teeth stained by coffee, tea and wine.
- be done at your convenience. Because the trays are custom made, they fit securely over your teeth.
Home whitening can be an easy way to help brighten your smile.
Power whitening makes it possible to achieve a whiter, brighter smile—right here in our office.
How power whitening works
A special light is shined onto the teeth after they have been coated with a whitening gel. The light works with the gel to release oxygen. The oxygen penetrates the outer enamel layer and then the dentin layer of the teeth, bleaching away stains and discolored areas.
Power whitening quickly brightens your smile
Once we have determined that power whitening is right for you, we may begin by thoroughly removing any plaque and tartar from your teeth. Then we’ll start the whitening process with protective glasses, a lip retractor, and a cream or lotion to shield your eyes, lips, and face.
We’ll then isolate the teeth and protect your gums by applying a special protective material to the gum tissue or by placing a rubber dam.
Next, we paint the whitening gel onto your teeth, and while you relax in the chair, we shine a light or laser onto the teeth. We may repeat this cycle several times.
Since every case is different, we carefully evaluate your individual results. You new smile will lighten, on average, about 6 to 10 shades. We may sometimes recommend a fluoride treatment, additional bleaching at home, or another session here in our office. We’ll also give you instructions for taking care of your new smile and for handling any post-whitening sensitivity.
Power whitening is a safe and effective technology that can help give you a beautiful new smile, all in one appointment.