Teeth Whitening FAQ

How do at-home whitening systems work?

If you choose to use our at-home teeth whitening treatment, Dr. Miller will create a set of custom-fitted mouth trays. A gentle whitening solution is placed into the tray and worn at night. The active ingredient in the gel (carbamide peroxide) transforms into oxygen molecules and effectively penetrates the enamel to break up tough stains.

The result is a whiter appearance and brighter smile in a short period of time. Dr. Miller will recommend a suitable length of time for you to wear the whitening trays, and let you know how many sessions you will need to get the best results.

How long does it take to whiten?

Everyone responds differently to whitening treatments and everyone will whiten at different rates. Some stains are easier to treat than others. Teeth that are yellow or brown are easier to whiten than teeth that are gray/blue. Younger patients typically whiten more quickly than older patients, but every patient is different.

When whitening, keep in mind that your smile looks most natural when the color of your teeth matches the whites of your eyes. Some people want a Hollywood white smile, but that is not a natural color for teeth and few people can actually reach that color of white. During your consultation, we’ll discuss what shade of white is perfect for you!

Are tooth whitening treatments painful or uncomfortable?

At-home teeth whitening methods are not considered painful and don’t require anesthesia. You may experience some tooth sensitivity for a period after treatment, but this is usually minor and temporary. If you do find you’re experiencing some discomfort, Dr. Miller may suggest you try an over-the-counter, anti-inflammatory medication.

What results can I expect from my teeth whitening treatments?

Individual results will vary with teeth whitening treatments, but you will see some type of improvement. You will be able to assess your results and let Dr. Miller know if you desire an even whiter shade. Try to avoid smoking, red wine, dark teas, and other staining agents for about one week after treatment is completed. Help maintain your whiter shade with a good home care routine.