teeth Whitening

Day Hill Dental offers both in-office treatment and take-home kits

Having a brighter smile may be even easier than you think.  Whether you’d like to whiten your smile in just one appointment here or you’d like to see results from the comfort of your own home, we have whitening solutions for you.  With either type of whitening, we recommend you start soon after your cleaning so you can get dramatic results with your plaque-free teeth.  We also suggest you use an anti-sensitivity toothpaste before, during and after your whitening regimen.  There are certain foods that can cause staining more easily during your whitening process, so we will also recommend you stay away from those for a few weeks.

How is at-home teeth whitening done?

Quick impressions are made of your teeth so a set of personal bleaching trays can be created for you.  These trays hold the special bleaching agent on your teeth. The material is used each night for a week or two. Over this time, stains and discoloration will be bleached off your enamel without altering tooth structure or existing dental work in any way. When your teeth reach the desired brightness, only occasional touch ups are needed to maintain your new smile.  In cases of extreme tooth discoloration, crowns or dental veneers may be more appropriate. 

how is in-office teeth Whitening done?

If you prefer immediate results, our Opalescence In-Office Whitening System uses proprietary technology to whiten your teeth while you relax at our office.  During your appointment, we will protect your gums with a special barrier material.  Two applications of whitening material are placed on your teeth and given time to work their magic.  During the procedure, patients can watch videos on their phone or listen to music. Some even fall asleep!

What can cause tooth discoloration?

There are many causes. The most common include aging and consumption of staining substances such as coffee, tea, tobacco, or red wine. During tooth formation (as a child) consumption of tetracycline, certain antibiotics or excessive fluoride may also cause tooth discoloration.

Is teeth whitening safe?

Yes, research and clinical studies indicate that whitening teeth under the supervision of a dentist is safe.  We do not recommend any professional whitening product for anyone under 21 years of age, nor for pregnant or lactating women.

how long do the results last?

By following some simple post whitening care instructions, you will be able to keep your new bright smile longer.  We always recommend flossing and brushing twice daily.  During your appointment, we will also review staining foods that you should stay away from while whitening and for a few weeks afterwards when your teeth are most prone to re-stain.