How Does Teeth Whitening Work in a Dental Office?

How Does Teeth Whitening Work in a Dental Office?

Teeth whitening is an affordable way to upgrade your smile immediately. This non-invasive cosmetic dental treatment is painless, effective, and offers lasting results. So, what should you expect if you decide to whiten your teeth in a dental office? Read on for a step-by-step guide to in-office teeth whitening.

  1. Teeth Whitening Consultation

    The first step in teeth whitening at your dentist’s office is an oral exam and consultation. Before you’ll be approved for in-office whitening, the dentist must confirm that you are free of infections, including gum disease. During the exam, your dentist will also notify you if you need a dental cleaning before whitening. Plaque buildup on the teeth can negatively impact your results from whitening so some people will benefit from a cleaning before whitening.

    Unfortunately, not everyone is a suitable candidate for teeth whitening. If you have dental restorations on the visible teeth, whitening isn’t the best cosmetic treatment. Dental restorations don’t respond to the whitening agents. However, other options may be available, including dental veneers

  2. Teeth Whitening Treatment

    The teeth whitening treatment is fast and easy. Although there are a variety of dental-grade whitening treatments, Sinsational Smile is the fastest and easiest. If you’re receiving Sinsational Smile teeth whitening, you’ll put flexible silicon trays filled with whitening agents in your mouth. Then, an LED light will be directed at the teeth. After 20 minutes, your treatment is complete.  You will leave your short appointment with noticeably brighter, whiter teeth.  

  3. At Home Maintenance

    Sinsational Smile teeth whitening includes a whitening pen that you’ll take home to help maintain the results of your in-office whitening treatment.  

In-Office vs. At-Home Teeth Whitening Pros and Cons

There are countless teeth-whitening products in stores and online. The main benefit of these products is their affordability. Frequently, these over-the-counter products are cheaper than teeth whitening at the dentist’s office. However, in-office teeth whitening with the Sinsational Smile system is significantly less expensive than other in-office whitening treatments.

When comparing results, in-office teeth whitening is far superior to store-bought products. Store-bought toothpaste, mouthwash, strips, or pens all contain lower concentrations of active whitening agents so they may provide some results, but better results will be obtained at your dentist.

In-office whitening works much faster than store-bought or online products. Within one hour, teeth whitening at your dentist’s office will give you a smile that is many shades whiter. By contrast, products you buy online or in stores may take weeks or months to show results.

Schedule a Teeth Whitening Consultation in Pomona or Brooklyn, NY

If you’d like a brighter, more dazzling smile, book a consultation at A & R Advanced Dental. With offices in Pomona and Brooklyn, NY, we provide comprehensive cosmetic dentistry, including teeth whitening. Contact us today to book your consultation.

Frequently Asked Questions

Does teeth whitening at the dentist’s office hurt?

No. At A & R Advanced Dental, we use the Sinsational Smile teeth whitening system which rarely causes sensitivity during or after treatment.

How long will my teeth stay white after whitening?

Everyone's a little different. After teeth whitening at A & R Advanced Dental, we’ll provide you with a whitening touch-up pen to use between treatments. To make your results last as long as possible, limit stain-causing foods and beverages such as coffee, tea, red wine, bright juices, sports drinks, red and dark berries, and dark or bright sauces.  Be sure you see your dentist every six months for exams and professional cleanings.