Professional in-office teeth whitening is the most popular cosmetic dental procedure in the world today. Unlike home-use whitening systems that incorporate low-dose bleaching agents, in-office whitening (also known as power bleaching, power whitening, professional whitening or chairside whitening) takes place under carefully monitored conditions which allow for the safe, controlled, pain-free use of a relatively high concentration of bleaching gel – yielding results that are visible immediately.
Chairside whitening removes organic stains or discolorations primarily caused by:
It is highly recommended that a prophylactic cleaning is done, prior to the whitening procedure, to clear away plaque and debris that have collected on the surface and between the teeth.
A dental exam will be performed (often in tandem with the prophylactic cleaning) to check for potential problems such as severe tooth decay, cracks and gum disease. Bleaches can cause varying degrees of irritation if these conditions are present. It may be recommended that the whitening procedure be delayed until such problems have been corrected.
Photos may be taken of your teeth, and their color measured on a shade guide. This provides a benchmark for assessing your whitening progress.
While details may vary, a fairly standard routine is followed. Typically, the steps involved are not painful or uncomfortable.
Between gel applications, the teeth are checked to see how well they have whitened, and whether more bleach needs to be applied.
After the final gel application, the cheek retractors are removed, the patient rinses and the immediate post-treatment shade change is measured. The teeth may whiten by as many as eight shades (out of a total of 16).
If a satisfactory level of whitening hasn’t been achieved, we may recommend follow-up in-office bleaching at a future date, and/or a regimen of take-home bleaching trays.
Total chair time: Approximately 1.5 hrs.