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
- GLO Science®
The first professional option is commonly referred to as in-office whitening. This procedure is performed in a dental office. During an appointment, your dental professional 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. We currently use GLO Science® which uses either a 24 or 30% Hydrogen Peroxide gel for up to 4 8 minute sessions with the GLO® mouth piece in position. The mouth piece contains an LED light combined with a copper wire to create a gentle warming heat. GLO® has provided our patients with a very low sensitivity option to in office whitening.
At-Home Teeth Whitening
- Opalescence®Tray Whitening
- GLO Science®
Tray bleaching is a type of professional whitening that uses custom-made trays and whitening gel only available through your dentist. 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. At-home professional tray whitening generally takes ten to fourteen days, although you may notice results in as little as three to five days.
GLO Science® offers a home care system that uses LED light with a copper wire to create a soothing warming treatment. With the GLO® system you apply whitening solution to your teeth, fully seat your mouth piece and activate the GLO Unit. The unit turns itself off after 8 minutes. 4 8 minute treatments can be completed in a day speeding up the at home experience for faster results, often with less sensitivity.
If you would like to learn more about teeth whitening, please contact our practice to schedule an appointment.