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Many products and techniques are available for patients who want to achieve a brighter smile, and with so many options available, it can be challenging to choose the best method for you. The best way to begin any teeth-whitening regimen is to schedule an appointment and talk to Dr. Kau about the differences between in-office professional whitening and at-home whitening.

In-Office Teeth Whitening

The first professional option is commonly referred to as in-office whitening. This procedure is performed in a dental office. During an appointment, Dr. Kau or a Registered Denatal Assistant will apply a whitening gel to the surface of your teeth. The office visit generally takes about 90 minutes or less, and you see results immediately.

At-Home Teeth Whitening

  • Tray Whitening

Tray bleaching is a type of professional whitening that uses custom-made trays and whitening gel that is only available through your dentist. The whitening gel is placed in custom-fitted trays that fit perfectly over your teeth. Hydroxy radicals help whiten stained teeth as the gel's peroxide breaks down. Unlike strips, this process whitens all your natural teeth and may contain ingredients intended to provide maximum comfort. At-home professional tray whitening generally takes 10 to 14 days, although you may notice results in as little as three to five days.

  • Paint-On Teeth Whiteners

There are many over-the-counter teeth whitening options, and one type of readily accessible whitening product is commonly referred to as a "paint-on" teeth whitener. Paint-on teeth whiteners are a gel applied to the tooth using a small brush. Paint-on whitening gel hardens into a film that coats the teeth and dissolves in the mouth. Paint-on whiteners can be purchased over the counter and generally are less expensive and less effective than whitening strips or professional options. As with any teeth-whitening regimen, it is wise to consult Dr. Kau before use.

  • Teeth-Whitening Strips

Whitening strip kits come with two types of strips: strips for the upper teeth and strips for the lower teeth. Teeth-whitening strips are thin, flexible plastic (polyethylene) strips with a thin film of hydrogen peroxide on one side. The whitening agent is applied by placing the strips across your teeth and gently pressing the strips to ensure contact with all your teeth. Teeth-whitening strips are typically worn for 30 minutes twice a day, but the duration of treatment will vary.

  • Whitening Toothpaste and Mouthwash

The least expensive options are whitening toothpaste and mouthwash. Whitening toothpaste affects surface stains and will mildly lighten your teeth. Designed to have "whitening" capabilities, toothpaste and mouthwashes work to remove surface stains using mild abrasives. However, unlike the materials used in professional whitening procedures, these products do not lighten the actual color shade of the tooth.

If you want to learn more about teeth whitening, book an appointment online, or get in touch with our practice to schedule an appointment or call us at (925)400-9978

5924 Stoneridge Dr #209A
Pleasanton, CA 94588
(925) 400-9978
Tuesday to Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday & Saturdays
by Appointment Only
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