How it works: Over time your teeth darken as minerals penetrate their outer enamel layer. In addition to the natural aging process, this darkening can be caused by foods and beverages that stain such as coffee, colas, tea, red wine, or berries. Tobacco products can cause teeth to take on a yellowish-brown hue as well. Gentle Dental Service offers our patients in-office power whitening and at-home whitening. You choose the system that’s right for you.
In-Office Power Whitening:
Significant color change in a short period of time is the major benefit of in-office whitening. This whitening option involves the carefully controlled use of a relatively high-concentration peroxide gel, applied to the teeth after the gums have been protected with a paint-on rubber dam. Generally, the peroxide remains on the teeth for several 15 to 20 minute intervals that add up to an hour (at most). Those with particularly stubborn staining may be advised to return for one or more additional bleaching sessions, or may be asked to continue with a home-use whitening system.
Take-home kits incorporate an easy-to-use lower-concentration peroxide gel that remains on the teeth for an hour or longer (sometimes overnight). The lower the peroxide percentage, the longer it may safely remain on the teeth. The gel is applied to the teeth using custom-made bleaching trays that resemble mouth guards. Typically, you will begin to see results within two to three weeks of regular use.