In-Office Tooth Whitening

Overview

Some patients prefer the one hour in-office whitening procedure. We use the Sapphire system in our office. A gel is applied to the teeth and then a special light is placed over the teeth for one hour. The Sapphire light-activated whitening gel’s active ingredient is Hydrogen Peroxide. As Hydrogen Peroxide is broken down, oxygen enters the enamel and dentin, bleaching any colored substance while keeping the structure of the tooth unchanged. The Sapphire light aids in activating the Hydrogen Peroxide and helps it penetrate the surface of the tooth.

Patient Maintenance

Thorough brushing after meals is necessary to avoid plaque accumulation. Smoking, as well as stain-causing foods such as coffee and tea, should be avoided.

Results of Treatment

Deep yellow and brown stains can be dramatically lightened. Greyer teeth do not respond as well. Teeth can whiten to their original natural shade.