We offer a variety of options to lighten the shade of your teeth. If it has been a while since you have had a regular dental hygiene visit, having your teeth professionally cleaned will be effective to remove surface calculus deposits and stains that can discolor your teeth. Once your teeth are cleaned, you have other whitening options: over the counter whitening products, at-home whitening procedures or in-office (Zoom) whitening.
In-Home Whitening System
The at-home whitening system involves the fabrication of custom whitening trays that are used at home. It takes approximately 2 weeks of daily use (20-60 mins per day) to whiten this way.
In-Office (Zoom) Whitening
If you are interested in more immediate results, we offer an in-office system that shortens the usual 2 week period to 1 hour with a couple of follow up whitening cycles with custom home whitening trays. This process starts with a pre-op appointment to take impressions for the custom whitening trays and instructions to use a desensitizing toothpaste for 2 weeks leading up to the in-office procedure. At the whitening appointment, we will isolate your teeth and apply a protective gel to the gums and surrounding soft tissue for protection from light. A strong whitening gel that activates under light is applied to the teeth surfaces. A dental curing light is used to activate the whitening gel. After the appointment, you will receive the custom trays with desensitizing gel with instructions to wear them the rest of the day. After this procedure, you will be advised to whiten again on your own in a couple of days to bring your teeth to the shade you desire.
All of the materials and procedures we use for whitening are made to minimize tooth sensitivity many people associate with other whitening systems.