What is in-office teeth whitening?

teeth whiteningIn-office teeth whitening is a quick and easy way to dramatically lighten your stained or discolored teeth. It only takes an hour, and can brighten your teeth from five to ten shades. It’s perfect for removing surface stains caused by foods or beverages, and is quick enough and easy enough that you can have a treatment as preparation for a special event such as a wedding or a reunion.

How In-Office Whitening Works

As the name implies, in-office teeth whitening is performed in the dentist’s office rather than at home. This popular cosmetic dentistry treatment uses a more concentrated form of whitening agent than is available over the counter. Your dentist can also use special whitening treatments that are activated with a light, providing even more dramatic results.

To treat your teeth, your cosmetic dentist paints the bleaching agent on the tooth surfaces. If necessary, a light is used to activate the whitener. It’s left on your teeth for about twenty minutes, then removed so the process can be repeated two more times. After the treatment is complete, you’ll see a change in the color of your teeth right away. Over the next few days, this change will become more noticeable. Your teeth will continue to look whiter for several weeks.

What Kinds of Stains will In-Office Teeth Whitening Treat?

In-office teeth whitening is most effective on stains that affect the outer surfaces of the teeth. These are most often caused by exposure to everyday staining agents. Some of the most common culprits include:

  • Tea
  • Coffee
  • Tobacco
  • Fruit juices or wine

These leave behind stains that generally respond well to whitening. If the stains are particularly stubborn, a professional-strength take-home treatment might provide better results. Other types of stains that affect the deeper layers of the teeth are more difficult to treat and often require other approaches, such as porcelain veneers. You and your cosmetic dentist can work together to determine the best treatment for your particular issues.

Contact our office to schedule your appointment and get to a whiter smile today!

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