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Dental Teeth-Whitening

Updated: Jun 30, 2023

Teeth Whitening at Stauffer Family Dental

What Are My Teeth-Whitening Options?

Professional "take home" trays are best for long-term results and also fit comfortably to your teeth. When whitening, you are only to use a small amount of bleaching gel per application, which helps avoid getting any bleach on your gums. Whitening strips are effective, but can cause more sensitivity because they rest on your teeth and gums. Not everyone is a candidate for dental whitening; be sure to talk to your dentist.

How Do I Professionally Whiten My Teeth?

The first step is to schedule a 15 minute appointment to take impressions. Within a few days, we have you back for another short visit to try in your custom bleach trays and give you your bleaching kit. When whitening, you are to place a very small dot of gel in your trays on each tooth- if you insert your trays and there is excess gel on your gums, that means you used too much gel.

We recommend you proceed with the bleaching process for 7-10 days consecutively. As for the results, everyone's outcome is different depending on how much coffee, tea or red wine you consume. While bleaching, it's best to cut back from these beverages during those 7-10 days. Once you reach your desired shade, occasional at-home "touch up" sessions are recommended to maintain tooth brightness. We sell individual tubes of bleach for your convenience to whiten your smile before special events such as a wedding or family reunion.

My Teeth Are Sensitive When I Bleach

If your teeth are sensitive during bleaching there may be an underlying cause, so as always, check with your dentist. If your teeth are normally sensitive, we recommend using a desensitizing toothpaste, such as Sensodyne, two weeks before whitening. We offer two different strengths of bleaching gel, which both give the same result. If you have questions or would like to schedule an appointment, please call 614-882-2249.

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