Teeth whitening (or bleaching) is a simple, non-invasive dental treatment used to change the color of natural tooth enamel and is an ideal way to enhance the beauty of your smile.
Because having whiter teeth has now become the number one aesthetic concern of most patients, there are a number of ways to whiten teeth. The most popular method is using a home teeth whitening system that will whiten teeth dramatically. Since teeth whitening only works on natural tooth enamel, it is important to evaluate replacement of any old fillings, crowns, etc. Replacement of any restorations will be done after bleaching so they will match the newly bleached teeth.
What does teeth whitening involve?
This type of teeth whitening usually requires two visits. At the first appointment, impressions (molds) will be made of your teeth to fabricate custom, clear, plastic, trays.
At your second appointment, you will try on the trays for proper fit, and adjustments will be made if necessary. The trays are worn with special whitening solution either twice a day for 30 minutes or overnight for a couple of weeks depending on the degree of staining and desired level of whitening. It is normal to experience tooth sensitivity during the time you are whitening your teeth, but it will subside shortly after you have stopped bleaching.
You will receive care instructions for your teeth and trays, and be encouraged to visit your dentist regularly to help maintain a beautiful, healthy, white smile.
In-Office Laser Whitening
We offer the in-office laser whitening system combines a no-heat laser with a specially formulated whitening gel. The laser’s wavelength activates the gel’s stain-removing power, causing it to break apart the compounds that cause tooth discolorations. With laser whitening, patients can get amazing results fast and without the sensitivity caused by popular lamp-based methods.
Take-Home Whitening Kit
In addition to laser teeth whitening, Dr. Ho also offers take-home whitening kit. These trays are custom-made based on impressions taken of your teeth, and they can be re-used in the future, should you decide to whiten your teeth again. Take-home whitening takes about two weeks to lighten teeth up to 10 shades.