There are many products and techniques available for patients who want to achieve a brighter smile. With so many options available, it can be difficult to choose the method that is right for you.
The best way to begin any teeth-whitening regimen is to schedule an appointment with Dr. Peterson to discuss the differences between our in-office professional whitening and at-home whitening.
In-office teeth whitening
The first professional option is commonly referred to as in-office whitening. This procedure can be performed in our dental office. Your appointment will be approximately 90 minutes in length and you will see immediate results in a whiter and brighter smile. You will love this option, because you experiece a dramatic difference in just one dental visit!
At-home teeth whitening
Tray bleaching is another type of professional whitening that uses custom-made trays and whitening gel available only through dental professionals. 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.
At-home professional tray whitening generally takes 10 to 14 days, although you may notice results in as little as three to five days. Please take a moment to view the short video below about at-home whitening.
Whitening toothpaste and mouthwash
The least expensive options are whitening toothpastes and mouthwashes. Designed to have “whitening” capabilities, toothpastes and mouthwashes work to remove surface stains using mild abrasives.
However, unlike the materials used in professional whitening procedures, these products do not lighten the actual color or shade of the tooth. Whitening toothpastes affect surface stains and will mildly lighten your teeth.
If you would like to learn more about teeth whitening, please contact us to schedule your appointment.