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Teeth Whitening

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Get whiter brighter teeth 5 different ways

1. Within one hour in the dental office with laser/light activated teeth whitening
2. Within a couple of weeks with whitening trays
3. Within 1-2 weeks with whitening strips
4. Within 1-3 weeks with whitening pens
5. Within several weeks to months with whitening toothpastes

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Teeth whitening and teeth bleaching. Know what works.

Teeth whitening or teeth bleaching can be one of the most conservative and convenient ways to brighten and transform your smile. You can achieve a whiter, brighter smile in as little as one hour with light activated whitening at the dentist. Also, you can whiten or bleach your teeth and reach the desired results within a couple of weeks utilizing bleach trays at home with professional whitening products. In addition, whitening toothpastes can serve as a good whitening adjunct to keep your smile bright in the long run. With so many teeth whitening products flooding the market now, it is difficult to differentiate what works, what doesn’t, and what is safe and what is not.

The five most common ways to whiten your teeth today include:


1. Light or laser teeth whitening

Light activated teeth whitening is usually performed in a clinical setting at the dental office. This is by the far the fastest, most effective way to achieve a whiter smile. There are several systems out there. The popular whitening systems within this category include Zoom and BriteSmile, among others. There are many other systems on the market. These systems utilize hydrogen peroxide as the main active ingredient, with variable degrees of concentration.

What is the active ingredient in laser teeth whitening?
The whitening ingredient is 25% hydrogen peroxide.

How long does it take to whiten teeth with laser teeth whitening?
Whitening results are achieved within one hour.

What is the process of laser teeth whitening?
The process starts by complete isolation of soft tissue including your cheeks, lips and gums. This is followed by application of the whitening solution and exposure to the laser activating light for 15-20 minute increments. A new application is then applied, and the process is repeated to complete 3 applications.

laser teeth whitening before and after


2. Utilizing whitening trays and gels to whiten your teeth

This is also known as “at-home” teeth whitening. These trays can be professionally made at your dentist office, or bought over the counter.

As shown in the photos, professional made trays provide a custom fit to your teeth and gums. An accurate fit ensures even distribution of whitening gel, as well as protection of your gums from chemical burn. In addition, it is a safer bet to get the whitening gel from the dentist as opposed to Walgreens. Think “professional shampoos vs generic shampoos”.

Different strength whitening gels can be utilized with whitening trays. Lower concentration whitening gels can be purchased over the counter. However, higher concentration medical quality-whitening gels can be purchased at your dentist office.

What is the active ingredient in whitening tray gels?
The whitening ingredient is often Carbamide Peroxide, with various concentrations of 10%, 15%, 20% and 35%.

How long does it take to whiten teeth with trays?
Whitening results can be achieved in 1-3 weeks.

What is the process of teeth whitening with tray gels?
After placing a small amount of whitening gel in the trays:
– If 35% Carbamide Peroxide is used, wear the tray for 30 minutes once a day.
– If 20% Carbamide Peroxide is used, wear it for 2-4 hours once a day.
– If 10-15% Carbamide Peroxide is used, you may wear the trays over night.

teeth whitening tray
teeth whitening tray


3. Whitening pens

Whitening pens offer a quick and convenient way to whiten your teeth on the go. The active ingredient in teeth whitening pens is hydrogen peroxide with varying concentration, usually 6%-12% hydrogen peroxide.

Application: Apply to teeth 2 to 3 times per day to achieve desired shade in 2-3 weeks.


4. Whitening strips

Whitening strips were introduced by Crest in 2001. Currently, Crest whitening strips come in several concentrations, most commonly 5% to 10%. These strips can be worn 1-2 times per day. The desired whitening results should be achieved in 1-2 weeks.


5. Whitening toothpastes

The vast majority of the whitening toothpastes remove stains through abrasive particles. The long-term effect of the abrasive actions on compromising the structure and the integrity of teeth is controversial. Some dentists feel that believe the damage to the teeth due to abrasive action is significant, others don’t. Results may take weeks to months to become evident with limited and varying degrees of success.


To find out what teeth whitening can do for your smile, call us today or schedule your free consult online in the comfort of your own home.

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