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teeth whitening

Teeth Whitening

Wish your teeth were a little bit whiter? Interested in brightening up that smile? In-office whitening may be great option for you! Teeth whitening has grown extremely popular over the years, being offered at dental offices, beauty spas, and even on market shelves! 

But maybe you’d just like to know a little bit more about whitening before you move forward. Is it safe? What happens during the whitening process? Read on to learn more about teeth whitening.

There are many different brands and systems for whitening teeth. At the end of the day, the biggest difference is the concentration and type of chemical used. A stronger concentration whitens teeth quickly in a shorter amount of time. Many market shelf whitening strips will range from 10-15% hydrogen peroxide. In-office systems will be significantly higher. 

At Highline Dental, we use Opalescence Boost®, which is 40% hydrogen peroxide. We also offer a prefabricated take-home whitening kit, Opalescence Go®, which is 10% hydrogen peroxide.

Any dental work that is required in the smile zone must be done AFTER any whitening. This is because hydrogen peroxide does not bleach crowns or fillings. If you get the whitening done after any dental work, the fillings and crowns will not match to your newly lightened teeth. If you plan on getting your teeth whitened, it’s important to let us know so we can ensure you get the best results. 

In-Office whitening will take approximately 1.5 hours. The actual whitening process for Opalescence Boost® involves 3 cycles of 20 minute bleaching; however, account for additional time needed for preparation and setup. We also advise taking some over the counter pain medication to help with possible tooth sensitivity. 

Once you’re seated, an isolation dam will be placed to help protect your gums prior to placement of the bleaching gel. The bleaching gel will be placed and left for 20 minute intervals. In between sessions, you will be allowed to inspect your teeth to see if you’re satisfied with the results. Feel free to stop before the full 3 cycles. After you’re done, the gel will be cleaned off your teeth and the isolation dam removed. Some vitamin E gel will be applied to help soothe your gums, and that’s it! You’re all done and can enjoy your whiter, brighter teeth!