Tooth Whitening

Tooth whitening (or bleaching) is a simple, non-invasive dental treatment used to change the color of natural tooth enamel and is an ideal way to enhance the beauty of your smile.

Because having whiter teeth has now become the number one aesthetic concern of most patients, there are a number of ways to whiten teeth.  We currently offer three primary means for whitening teeth. All three will achieve similar results on any given patient, but they vary in the amount of time taken to produce the desired results. We offer:
    1. The ZOOM! AP Whitening System: This method obtained using one to two one hour office procedures accompanied by the use of Custom Fabricated Trays for at home touch up. 
    2. Custom Fabricated Trays used at home in conjunction with a whitening gel.
    3. Professional Crest® Whitestrips® Supreme for use at home.


The most utilized method is using a home tooth whitening system that will whiten teeth dramatically. The ZOOM Whitening system is fast growing in popularity due to the rapid results achieved in an office setting.

Since tooth whitening only works on natural tooth enamel, it is important to evaluate replacement of any old fillings, crowns, etc.  Replacement of any restorations will be done after bleaching so they will match the newly bleached teeth.

Tooth whitening is not permanent.  A touch-up maybe needed every several years, and more often if you smoke, drink coffee, tea, or wine.

Reasons for tooth whitening:

  • Fluorosis (excessive fluoridation during tooth development).
  • Normal wear of outer tooth layer.
  • Stained teeth due to medications (tetracycline, etc.).
  • Yellow, brown stained teeth.

What does tooth whitening involve?

1. The ZOOM! AP Whitening System
This type of tooth whitening usually requires two visits.  At the first appointment, impressions (molds) will be made of your teeth. During your one hour whitening procedure, the molds will be used to fabricate custom, clear plastic, trays. You will try on the trays for proper fit, and adjustments will be made if necessary. The trays are worn with special whitening solution  twice a day for 30 minutes. For maximum effect and longevity another office appointment is recommended two weeks later. It is normal to experience tooth sensitivity during the days of your in office whitening appointments and during the times you are whitening your teeth, but it will subside shortly after you have stopped bleaching. To compare ZOOM! AP Whitening to the other methods, visit www.zoomnow.com/aboutwhitening.php.

2. Custom Fabricated Trays  
This type of tooth whitening usually requires two visits.  At the first appointment, impressions (molds) will be made of your teeth. At your second appointment, you will try on the trays for proper fit, and adjustments will be made if necessary.  The trays are worn with special whitening solution either twice a day for 30 minutes or overnight for a couple of weeks depending on the degree of staining and desired level of whitening.  It is normal to experience tooth sensitivity during the time you are whitening your teeth, but it will subside shortly after you have stopped bleaching.

3. Professional Crest® Whitestrips® Supreme
This  is The #1 recommended brand* of whitening system among US dental professionals

  • Controlled delivery
  • Best whitening from Crest
  • 14% hydrogen peroxide, 16 mg of hydrogen peroxide (per upper strip)
  • Removes up to 20 years of stains in 21 days
  • It is normal to experience tooth sensitivity during the days of your in office whitening appointments and during the times you are whitening your teeth, but it will subside shortly after you have stopped bleaching.

    You will receive care instructions for your teeth and trays, and be encouraged to visit our office regularly to help maintain a beautiful, healthy, white smile.

    ACCESSIBILITY