Bleaching is a popular procedure to make teeth whiter and brighter. Bleaching can be used to whiten stained and discolored teeth, or simply to enhance a dull smile. Either way, whitening is a safe and relatively painless procedure for most patients. Our office offers three methods of whitening: Sapphire in-office whitening, custom tray whitening, as well as an inexpensive prefilled tray option.
Sapphire whitening is an in-office procedure and is ideal if you want immediate results. The whole process takes about 1 1/2 hours. A gel is applied to the gingiva to protect the soft tissue. A light-activated bleach is then applied to the teeth and a UV light is used to enhance the action of the whitening agent. Finally, the patient receives take-home custom trays and whitening gel with instructions to keep the smile bright. The result is dramatically whiter teeth that will last for years.
Custom tray whitening is a convenient at-home whitening treatment. The results are more gradual than in-office whitening. Impressions are taken at the office in order to create customfit clear trays. The trays and 6 syringes of whitening gel are generally ready within a few days. Maximum whitening results and a dazzling smile are achieved at the end of the set treatment period. Occasional re-treatments will maintain the new smile.
Prefilled whitening trays are also available to purchase for those who are interested in the professional alternative to less-effective over-the-counter products. With no impressions, models, or lab time required, it is a great introduction to whitening or an excellent option for patients who are looking for convenient, ready-to-go bleaching.