Teeth whitening is perfect for people who have healthy, unrestored teeth (no fillings) and gums. Individuals with yellow tones to their teeth respond best. But this cosmetic procedure is not recommended for everyone. Since whitening is considered “cosmetic” it is not covered by any insurance.
Tray-Based Tooth Whiteners
Tray-based tooth whitening systems, purchased from a dentist, involve filling a mouth guard-like tray with a gel whitening solution — which contains a peroxide-bleaching agent. The tray is worn for a period of time, generally from a couple of hours a day to every day during the night for up to four weeks (depending on the degree of discoloration and desired level of whitening). This type of whitening is the most economical and you have the trays for future if you want to touch up yearly. Extra tubes of solution can be purchased at our office for a nominal fee.
In-office bleaching provides the quickest way to whiten teeth. With in-office bleaching, the whitening product is applied directly to the teeth. These products are used in combination with special light. Results are seen in only one, 30- to 60-minute treatment. With in-office bleaching, dramatic results can be seen after the first treatment. This type of whitening is also the most expensive approach.