Everybody loves a bright white smile, and there are a variety of products and procedures available to help you improve the look of yours. There’s more than one approach you can take to whiten your smile: In-office bleaching and at-home bleaching.


Whiteners may not correct all types of discoloration. For example, yellow-ish hued teeth will probably bleach well, brownish-colored teeth may bleach less well, and grayish-hued teeth may not bleach well at all. Likewise, bleaching may not enhance your smile if you have had bonding or tooth-colored fillings placed in your front teeth. The whitener will not affect the color of these materials, and they will stand out in your newly whitened smile. In these cases, you may want to investigate other options, like porcelain veneers or dental bonding.


What is In-Office Bleaching?

At Tavormina Dentistry we will apply a protective gel to your gums to protect the oral soft tissues. A bleaching agent is then applied to the teeth, and a special light is used to enhance the action of the agent. Lasers have also been used during tooth bleaching procedures to enhance the action of the whitening agent. The procedure takes one hour in the office.


What Are At-Home Whitening Procedures and Products?

There are several types of products available for use at home that are ADA approved. Peroxide-containing whiteners typically come in a gel and are placed in a mouthguard. Usage regimens vary. Some products are used for about twice a day for 2 weeks, others are intended for overnight use for 1-2 weeks, and others for 30 minutes daily. At Tavormina Dentistry we make custom-fitted mouthguards for you that will fit your teeth precisely. Currently, only dentist-dispensed home-use 10% carbamide peroxide tray-applied gels carry the ADA Seal.


Teeth can become sensitive during the period when you are using the bleaching solution. In many cases, this sensitivity is temporary and should lessen once the treatment is finished. Tavormina Dentistry has a special protocol to help prevent or lessen this sensitivity and make the bleaching process comfortable and exciting for our patients.