Duluth Dental Associates
Family, Cosmetic & Implant Dentistry
This procedure involves careful isolation of your teeth, followed by placing a special whitening gel and light source to the area for roughly 15 minute intervals. We rinse off and reapply gel after each increment for maximum results. As stated before, sensitivity is the most common side effect so if your teeth are generally sensitive to begin with, you may want to opt for the take home kit, in which you will be in total control of the amount of time you expose to the bleaching material.
Example of bleaching: Actual patient
There are two types of bleaching that we offer in our office, one of which is a Take Home System, the other is an In-Office Treatment.
Our In-Office Treatment uses a high intensity light along with the bleaching gel to accelerate the whitening process. Most commonly used for a quick touch up or for an upcoming event like weddings or photography sessions, in office bleaching take about an hour and half.
Teeth Whitening or Bleaching typically involves using some form of Hydrogen peroxide paste or gel, (our office uses carbamide peroxide), to penetrate the enamel and break up the stains(organic compounds) from food we ingest.
It is important to know that bleaching is not for everyone and results can vary. Bleaching will not improve the color or inorganic materials such as fillings, porcelain or metal restorations. Therefore, it is important to consult with us prior to starting any bleaching process.
Our Take Home System involves taking impressions of your teeth and fabricating custom trays that would be used to hold the whitening gel in a controlled way. One common side effect of whitening reported by patients is sensitivity. Therefore, to get optimal, but safe results you must be mindful of how long you expose your teeth the the bleaching gel. Depending on your level of stain, it can take anywhere from a few weeks to a few months to achieve your desired shade. Dont worry, we will help guide you along the way!
Our Take Home Kit includes: Bleaching trays, bleaching gel, a case, and a instructional guide. You can print one off below if needed.