Whitening has become one of the most popular cosmetic dental procedures that involve bleaching of the enamel with Peroxide containing whiteners. Whitening is indicated primarily with patients who have generalized yellow, orange or light brown extrinsic discoloration. A candidate for whitening can whiten in two ways; 1) In-Office Bleaching or 2) At-Home Bleaching.
- In-Office Bleaching: This is a chairside bleaching appointment that usually requires one office visit. A protective gel is applied to your gums as well as shields to protect all soft oral tissues. Once all tissues are protected, a bleaching agent is applied to the teeth and a special light is used working together with the bleach to enhance whitening. A fluoride gel is applied after bleaching to help decrease tooth sensitivity after treatment is completed.
- At-Home Bleaching: Custom fitting bleaching trays are made for both upper and lower arches. Peroxide containing whiteners are then applied to the trays which are worn primarily for about 30 to 45 minutes; usage varies depending on the type of bleach being used.