How Do Dentists Whiten Teeth?


Teeth Whitening

You can choose from in-office or take-home teeth whitening to make your smile several shades whiter. In-office Zoom! may be appropriate if you want immediate results. We may suggest take-home treatment if you are on a budget or you want to whiten on your own schedule.


Teeth whitening is a common, affordable cosmetic dentistry solution that eliminate dental stains to give your smile a healthy, attractive new look. If you have healthy teeth and gums, and wish to achieve whiter teeth, you are likely a candidate for teeth whitening.

Teeth whitening is not a suitable option for patients who are pregnant, or have:

  • Chronic dental sensitivity
  • Intrinsic dental staining, caused by dental trauma, tetracycline, or other factors
  • Periodontal disease
  • Oral cancer
  • Cavities, tooth decay, or exposed roots
We will carefully assess your candidacy before recommending teeth whitening or any other treatment. Often, patients who wish to upgrade their smiles with porcelain veneers and other cosmetic solutions choose to incorporate whitening into their treatment plans for dramatic enhancements.

In-home vs. At-home Teeth Whitening

In-office Zoom® teeth whitening uses a special light to intensify the effects of the whitening solution.


During the in-office treatment, the dentist will apply a whitening solution to your teeth for 15 minutes. During this time, he will use the Zoom! light to intensify the effect of the gel and eliminate discoloration. This is repeated three times. Within about 60 to 90 minutes, you will notice a visibly whiter smile. You may experience dental sensitivity for the first few days afterward. This procedure is optimal for patients in need of fast results for a wedding or special event.If time is not a priority and you are looking for a convenient solution that can be administered at your leisure, you may benefit from at-home teeth whitening. These treatments involve using a kit that includes professional-strength gel and custom-made mouthpieces that fit over your dental arches. During your initial consultation, The dentist will take impressions of your teeth to create the mouthpieces. Within about one to two weeks, he will make sure your trays fit comfortably over your teeth and send you home with the trays and whitening gel to be used at your convenience. If you wear your trays consistently each night, you can achieve results in about one to two weeks.

Benefits of Teeth Whitening

After your teeth whitening results have been achieved, you can enjoy a bright, healthy-looking smile, and an overall boost in self-confidence. Meanwhile, research suggests that smiling more frequently can improve your mood, relationships, job success, and even your immune system. To maintain your results, be sure to minimize foods that can cause dental staining and follow a healthy oral hygiene regimen of:

  • Brushing at least twice a day
  • Flossing regularly
  • Rinsing with an antibacterial mouthwash
  • Visiting Dr. Hine for biannual exams

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