Teeth become stained for many reasons – drinking coffee, tea or wine, smoking and even aging can play a part in discolored teeth. Whitening is a process that makes discolored teeth brighter and whiter. The bleach used for in-office whitening is stronger than that found in at-home whitening kits. Keep in mind, not everyone’s teeth can become movie-star white. Speak to your dentist about the whitening treatment that is best for you!
IN-OFFICE TEETH WHITENING
The first professional option is commonly referred to as in-office whitening. This procedure is performed in a dental office. During an appointment, your dental professional will apply a whitening gel to the surface of your teeth. The entire office visit generally takes about 90 minutes and you will be able to see results immediately.
TAKE HOME TEETH WHITENING
Tray bleaching is a type of professional whitening that uses custom-made trays and whitening gel only available through your dentist. The whitening gel is placed in custom-fitted trays that fit perfectly over your teeth. As the peroxide in the gel breaks down, hydroxyradicals help whiten stained teeth. This process whitens your natural teeth and may contain ingredients intended to provide maximum comfort. Take home tray whitening generally takes ten to 14 days, although you may notice results in as little as three to five days.