How does teeth whitening work?
Peroxide based gels work to whiten natural tooth enamel by being applied to teeth using custom made trays.
Will bleach whiten my fillings, crowns, veneers, etc.?
No. Bleach only works on natural enamel.
What is the process for bleaching my teeth at home?
- Impressions are taken in-office to make custom trays.
- Bleach tubes are purchased in-office to use at home.
- Trays are used as long as they still fit, additional bleach can be purchased in-office.
Do less expensive, over-the-counter treatments work?
Over-the-counter whitening strips use a lower level of peroxide to bleach the enamel, however, the strips usually don't fit over the entire upper or lower arch and don't extend over the whole tooth. Custom made trays made at the dental office help the bleach to adhere to the entire tooth surface.