Teeth-whitening has become established as a way of keeping your smile bright and strong. While there are many home remedies available, whitening done by your dentist can get teeth brighter faster. The bleaching solution used by most dentists is usually much stronger than at-home kits. Also, heat, light, or a combination of the two may be used to speed and intensify the whitening process.
Our in-office visits can give you the most dramatic results — teeth generally get three-to eight-shades brighter and the procedure usually takes less than an hour. Both tooth-whitening options use peroxide-based bleaching agents. However, at-home systems usually contain less than one-half of the peroxide as in-office systems.
It is important to monitor the process. For example, the higher the percentage of peroxide in the whitening solution, the shorter it should be applied to the teeth. Keeping the gel on longer will dehydrate the tooth and increase tooth sensitivity. Be sure to talk to your dentist before you choose a whitening process.