Patients now have a variety of options to choose from when pursuing a whiter, brighter smile. Between over the counter products and professional procedures, the color and appearance of teeth can be easily improved.
Vital whitening refers to a process designed to remove stains on the surface of the teeth. While this procedure can be done with take-home kits, our licensed dentist can provide a much higher concentration with maximized effects. The visit consists of the dentist applying a whitening gel containing hydrogen peroxide, and leaving it on a patients teeth from 30-90 minutes, depending on the severity of staining. It may also involve laser dentistry, when a special laser is incorporated to accelerate results.
Unlike vital whitening which addresses surface stains, non-vital whitening is a process which addresses tooth discoloration that results from something within the inside of the tooth. Most commonly, it is a procedure which helps whiten teeth after a patient has undergone a root canal. The whitening solution is inserted into the interior chamber of the tooth, and a protective covering is placed outside the tooth temporarily. The protective covering is recommended to remain in place for a few days. While this process normally whitens teeth the first time, it can safely be repeated as often as necessary for extremely stained teeth.
Soft transparent trays are filled with whitening gel.
The trays fit tightly over your teeth and are worn for the prescribed time.
The transparent trays can be worn overnight or during the day.
Within the first treatment you should notice results that will continue to improve with additional use.