What is In-Office Teeth Whitening?
Any in-office or “chair side” Professional Teeth Whitening procedure will begin with a thorough dental examination to assure that you are a candidate for whitening. Depending on the type of whitening you choose, we may take impressions of your teeth in order to create custom-fitted trays.
Next, our hygienist will clean your teeth to assure that each tooth is free from plaque or tartar that would impede the Professional Teeth Whitening process.
Once your teeth are cleaned thoroughly, Dr. Woods will protect your gums and lips so the bleaching solution does not damage them. A professional strength bleaching solution is applied to your teeth, either by placing a small amount in a custom-fitted tray or by painting the gel onto each tooth individually. This process may take 20 to 90 minutes depending on the whitening process chosen, the degree of discoloration to your teeth and your desired level of whitening. This procedure can lighten your teeth up to ten shades over the course of one or more visits.
It is unlikely but possible that you may experience sensitivity after treatment. This is due to the bleaching agent penetrating not only your tooth enamel but also into the inner dentin layer. Microscopic tubules leading from the tooth’s nerve through the pulp and to the surface can be affected, leaving a temporary increase in tooth sensitivity. If you are concerned about or have had dental sensitivity issues in the past, discuss your options for Professional Teeth Whitening with Dr. Woods. He will recommend the brand and strength of whitening based on your individual needs.
Regardless of which Professional Teeth Whitening option you choose, you can expect to leave the office with a noticeably brighter smile just after one visit. With proper care, the bright, white smile that you will achieve with professional teeth whitening can last for years to come.