There are many products and techniques available for patients who want to achieve a brighter smile, and with so many options available, it can be difficult to choose the method that is right for you. The best way to begin any teeth-whitening regimen is to schedule an appointment and talk to your doctor about the differences between in-office professional whitening and at-home whitening.
In-Office Teeth Whitening
The first professional option is commonly referred to as in-office whitening. This procedure is performed in a dental office. We use the Venus White system from Hereaus. It includes a potent anti-sensitivity ingredient to ensure the maximal amount of comfort possible.
During an appointment, one of our hygienists or trained assistants will apply a whitening gel to the surface of your teeth. The entire office visit generally takes about 90 minutes and you will be able to see results immediately.
You also get take home trays that you can use professional grade whitening ingredients to maintain your new, bright smile at home.
At-Home Teeth Whitening
Custom Tray Whitening
Tray bleaching is a type of professional whitening that uses custom-made trays and whitening gel only available through Dr. Farley. The whitening gel is placed in custom-fitted trays that fit perfectly over your teeth. As the peroxide in the gel breaks down, hydroxyradicals help whiten stained teeth.
Unlike strips, this process whitens all your natural teeth and may contain ingredients intended to provide maximum comfort. This is the benefit of our Venus White product line. At-home professional tray whitening generally takes ten to 14 days, although you may notice results in as little as three to five days.
Teeth-Whitening Pre-Filled Trays
Teeth-whitening trays are thin, flexible plastic trays, pre-filled with a thin film of hydrogen peroxide on one side. These 7 day kits come with two types of trays: for the upper and lower teeth. The whitening agent is applied by placing the trays over your teeth and gently pressing the trays to ensure contact with all your teeth. Teeth-whitening trays are typically worn for 15-60 minutes a day, depending on the strength of product that you purchase in our office.
Whitening Toothpaste and Mouthwash
The least expensive options are whitening toothpastes and mouthwashes. Designed to have “whitening” capabilities, toothpastes and mouthwashes work to remove surface stains using mild abrasives. However, unlike the materials used in professional whitening procedures, these products do not lighten the actual color shade of the tooth. Whitening toothpastes affect surface stains and will mildly lighten your teeth.
If you would like to learn more about teeth whitening, please contact our practice to schedule an appointment.