• Teeth Whitening / Bleaching

  • Lighten Your Smile and Improve Your Self-Confidence

    Do you long for a dazzling, youthful smile? If so, our dentist-supervised teeth whitening may be a great way to enhance your grin and your overall appearance.

    What Is Teeth Whitening?

    Most people suffer from some dental discoloration. Dark-colored and acidic foods are the most common causes of stains. However, they can also result from smoking, genetics, age, medications, and various other factors. Teeth whitening treatments use peroxide-based bleaching gel to break apart the chemical bonds between stained molecules. After just one treatment session, your smile could be six shades lighter or more.

    There are two primary options for professional whitening: in-office bleaching and at-home treatment. During in-office bleaching, one of our team members will coat your teeth in a strong whitening gel. After your one-hour treatment, your smile could be dramatically lighter. If you choose at-home whitening, you will receive a set of custom-made trays. After filling the trays with whitening gel, you will wear them around your teeth for 30 to 45 minutes a day. Typically, the full treatment will take about 2 weeks, and it can achieve similar results to in-office whitening.

    The Benefits of Professional Whitening over Store-Bought Brands

    Although there are a number of do-it-yourself whitening treatments on the market, dental experts agree that professional whitening offers significant benefits that these other products cannot provide. Many drugstore whitening products contain unsafe levels of peroxide that can cause gum irritation. Others contain abrasives that can damage your dental enamel. Whitening strips, though generally safe, will not provide the dramatic results that you desire.

    Is Teeth Whitening Right for You?

    If you are embarrassed by mild to moderate stains on your dental enamel, you may be a good candidate for teeth whitening. Unfortunately, whitening treatment cannot address intrinsic stains on the inside of your teeth. Nevertheless, if you wish to treat this type of discoloration, Dr. Yum may recommend an alternative treatment, such as bonding or porcelain veneers. Additionally, you should inform Dr. Yum if you suffer from tooth sensitivity. He may recommend in-office bleaching, which can provide better protection for your soft gum tissues. With professional supervision, teeth whitening is extremely safe and effective.