The Different Teeth Whitening Treatments

Find out which way to whiten teeth in Lansing is best for you and your smile.

If you are considering teeth whitening in Lansing, here are the different options you have for getting that perfect, stain-free smile:

In-Office Teeth Whitening

If you opt for professional teeth whitening in our Lansing dental office you can expect the treatment process to only take about 45 Teeth Whiteningminutes. In under an hour we can remove external stains from teeth and get smiles up to 10 shades whiter.

We will first place a separator in your mouth that will keep your lips apart during the process. Then we will apply a highly concentrated bleaching gel over your teeth and use a light beam to activate the gel. We will perform three, 15-minute bleaching sessions. Before each new session we will remove the gel, reapply a new gel coat and reactivate it with the laser.

One benefit of in-office teeth whitening is that we can control the level of whitening, particularly for those with sensitive teeth or gums. If you experience teeth sensitivity, then you may want to consider getting in-office teeth whitening so we can adjust your treatment and reduce sensitivity.

At-Home Teeth Whitening

If instead you opt for at-home whitening, we highly recommend getting your whitening kit from your Lansing dentist. After all, these kits come with strong bleaching gels that you won’t be able to get over-the-counter.

When you choose at-home whitening you will receive customized bleaching trays made from flexible plastic (very similar to Invisalign’s clear aligners). We may either pre-load the bleaching trays with the whitening gel or the gel may be placed into syringes and added to the trays beforehand. These kits provide enough whitening gel for a two-week treatment and cost a bit less than in-office whitening because the effects aren’t instant.

One major benefit of professional whitening is that your dentist can alter your bleaching concentration if you experience any sensitivity. You won’t get this same customized care with commercial whitening kits. Furthermore, the trays prevent saliva from entering and diluting the bleaching agent and they also keep bleach from coming in contact and irritating the gums.

Keep in mind that professional teeth whitening will not work on dental work such as dental crowns or internal stains caused by trauma. If you do have stains that can’t be treated with teeth whitening, we would be happy to talk to you about other treatment options like dental veneers.

If you are interested in getting a bright smile for the holiday season and New Year, then give us a call today to schedule an appointment. Give yourself the gift of a more radiant smile!