Teeth Whitening FAQ

How do professional tooth whitening systems work?

If you choose to use our in-office tray whitening treatment, Dr. Miller will use a potent bleaching gel containing carbamide peroxide and apply it with custom-fitted mouth trays. The active ingredient in the gel transforms into oxygen molecules which effectively penetrate enamel and 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 bleaching trays, and let you know how many sessions you will need to get the best results. The at-home method is similar, but uses applications with a lesser concentration over a longer period of time. Patients wear bleaching trays at home, but check-in regularly with Dr. Miller.

How do laser and power bleaching work?

Laser and power bleaching are chosen by many patients who require intense teeth whitening or who want the quickest results possible. Dr. Miller will apply a special bleaching solution with a high concentration of whitening peroxide to teeth. A high intensity light is used to activate the bleaching process, causing the oxygen to be released into the enamel rapidly. In just one quick sitting, teeth appear several shades whiter. Patients can choose to treat upper and lower teeth, or utilize power bleaching for one particularly discolored tooth.

How can I get the most dramatic results in the shortest amount of time?

Power bleaching offers the most dramatic whitening in the least amount of time. The state-of-the-art laser light technology and high peroxide concentration used in power bleaching allows for rapid oxygen absorption and quick results.

Are tooth whitening treatments painful or uncomfortable?

Depending on the whitening method you choose, and the condition of your teeth, you may or may not experience tooth sensitivity. None of our teeth whitening methods are considered painful or require anesthesia. 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.