We offer two types of tooth whitening, or dental bleaching, options for our patients. For an instant result, chairside bleaching is completed in the office. For those of you wanting a do-it-yourself solution, we also offer in-home bleaching.
Chairside bleaching is typically completed in about an hour in the office. Kayla, our tooth whitening guru (aka our aesthetic coordinator) works her magic using a fast and painless professional solution that whitens well without the sensitivity associated with other whitening solutions. A strong concentration of peroxide is applied to the teeth and a laser is then used to activate the agent. A gel or rubber shield is used to protect the gums from harsh chemicals.
In-home bleaching requires custom made trays and a prescription strength bleaching gel. We’ll get you all set up to wear your custom made trays daily for up to an hour between one to two weeks.
Tooth Whitening Appointments
A fairly standard routine is followed when doing chair side bleaching procedures. The gels used contain a high concentration of hydrogen peroxide, anywhere from 15 to 25 per cent, which is why it is an ‘in-office’ service.
The soft tissue is protected either by placing a liquid rubber dam, or resin that is painted on to protect against any irritation. This is left to sit for 15-30 minutes, and a light may be used to enhance the bleaching process. The bleach is then washed off and the process is repeated.
Teeth may whiten by as few as two to three shades or by as many as eight shades, but it will take a couple of days for your teeth to ‘settle into’ their new, natural shade. There are a number of reasons why teeth become stained, and this actually determines whether or not they will be more or less responsive to whitening. There are two basic types of discoloration, to learn more see this blog post.
Part of the whitening effect is due to dehydration during the bleaching process, which makes teeth look whiter than their true new color. Much like the hairdresser, in-office bleaching is not a permanent solution, and teeth will eventually begin accumulating stains that will warrant either a ‘touch up’ visit, or maintenance at home.
Unfortunately, dental bleaching will not work on crowns, veneers or bonding. Depending on the the particulars of your teeth and your lifestyle habits, whitening results can last between one and three years.
If you’d like to schedule an appointment to discuss whether chairside whitening would help you reach your aesthetic smile goals, contact us by phone (207) 782-5308 or by form!