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The variety of teeth whitening products and treatments available for patients now seem almost infinite; those looking to achieve a bright, sparkling smile have a wide range of teeth whitening techniques to choose from, from in-office teeth whitening, to even treatments that can be performed from the comforts of the home. However, the best way to determine which teeth-whitening regimen is right for you is to schedule an appointment with Dr. Mike Hanley to discuss your options.
In-office teeth whitening is performed as the name implies—inside our dental office. During your appointment, we will apply a special whitening gel onto the surface of your teeth. The entire treatment usually takes about 90 minutes and yields immediate results after one sitting.
There are numerous types of at-home teeth whitening treatments that are available over-the-counter, including paint-on teeth whiteners, teeth whitening strips, and your basic whitening toothpaste and mouthwash. However, we typically recommend a take-home tray whitening kit from our office, so that you can professionally achieve the sparkling smile you want.
Tray whitening, or tray bleaching, is a treatment that involves using customized trays that fit over your teeth, as well as a whitening gel that we provide you with from our office. The whitening gel is placed in the trays before being worn over your teeth. The peroxide in the whitening gel breaks down surface stains as hydroxyl radicals whiten the teeth. At-home professional tray whitening usually takes around 10 to 14 days to complete, but you may begin to notice results as soon as 3 to 5 days.