Take home whitening is a comfortable and convenient way to esthetically improve your smile. Once you have had a consultation with one of our dentists to ensure you are a candidate for whitening, we will then take custom impressions and fabricate a whitening tray just for you.
Take home whitening has been proven to be safe and effective. The active ingredient in the whitening gel is carbamide peroxide. This ingredient has been used in many clinical trials to ensure low risk to the patient and high results.
Once you have decided to whiten your teeth, the gel is placed inside your custom fitted trays. You will then wear the trays for the allotted time. As you are wearing these trays the gel quickly dissolves, oxygen then enters your enamel and the inside portion of your teeth (dentin) begins to lighten.
After a few days your teeth will noticeably begin to “whiten”, you will continue to wear your trays with the whitening gel for a period of two weeks. Once you have reached your optimum shade there is no need to continue.
Touch up for whitening depends on your daily oral health care schedule. Drinking tea, red wine or eating blueberries will decrease the timeline for the whitening to maintain its shade level. Smoking will also reduce the timeline for your maximum shade and you may find touch ups are required more often than someone who does not do any of the above.