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.