Tooth whitening or bleaching is a popular procedure to make teeth whiter and brighter. Bleaching can be used to whiten stained and discolored teeth, or simply to enhance a dull smile. There are three methods of whitening teeth on the market: In-office bleaching, bleach trays, and whitening strips.
Studies have shown that in office bleaching may only “jump-start” the whitening process and that after seven days, there is a rebound in color as the teeth rehydrate. Most people who have in-office bleaching must also use take-home trays.
The following is a link to an NPR report on in-office tooth bleaching: A Simple Formula for Whitening Your Teeth by ALLISON AUBREY
Our office offers tray whitening that can be done in the comfort of your own home. Bleach trays also provide you with the convenience of “touch-up” when needed.
It is not recommended that children under the age of 18 use dentist fabricated trays to bleach their teeth. The nerves in young teeth are very large and bleaching can result in immense sensitivity. For young people between the ages of 12 and 18, and adults who have generalized tooth sensitivity, we recommend whitening strips that have a lesser concentration of bleaching material.