Family Dental offers the latest techniques in affordable, convenient
and effective teeth whitening treatments giving you our patient,
that dazzling, brilliant smile you've always wanted!
Bleaching is one of those exciting dental services that seems to
grab everyone's attention and is one of the areas that people always
ask about. It is probably the most satisfying treatment for both
the patient and the dentist because it noticeably turn back the clock
making your smile much younger.
There are several methods in which to bleach teeth, but we will only
touch on two, Take Home Bleaching Trays and The Rapid Light Enhanced
Bleaching (a type of power bleaching).
In utilizing the at home bleaching technique, impressions are made
from which soft flexible trays are made that hold bleach gel in close
proximity to your teeth. We then give you a bleaching gel that you
place a very small amount in the tray. In a period of 2-4 weeks your
teeth get whiter. There are two styles of gel. Daytime gel and night
Day time gel is used one hour per day. Night time bleach gel is used
while sleeping, approximately 6-8 hours. Our experience has been
that we want to get the bleach in and working quickly, but not for
a long period of time in an effort to keep any sensitivity to a minimum.
There does not seem to be any significant difference in how fast
the two different methods work.
In utilizing the rapid light enhanced bleaching, sometimes called
Brite Smile® or Zoom®, the effort is to get the teeth whiter
in about an hour. To do this several things must be done. First,
the teeth must be isolated from all soft tissue (lips, gums and tongue)
to prevent chemical burning. These materials are strong bleaching
agents to get the job done in a very short time. Lip/cheeck retractors
are placed in the mouth. The bleach is applied to the teeth and a
very bright ( and hot) light is places a few inches from your teeth
to enhance the effect of the bleach. There is also a higher incidence
of sensitivity after the procedure. Plus what they don't always tell
you is that you still need the trays made to get the best possible
Therefore, because of the extra equipment, the extra chair time and
perhaps a second treatment with the light, the cost is much higher
and we think it is less comfortable. Our patients have been happy
with the at home bleaching.