Whitening procedures are used to brighten the appearance of a patient’s smile – sometimes by as many as 5 to 10 shades in a single session. According to the American Dental Association, these procedures have become some of the most popular aesthetic dental treatments among patients throughout the country, including those in Greenwood Village and the Denver Technology Center (DTC). These services can be performed in an office setting or prescribed for take-home use by a patient. In comparison to over-the-counter treatments, professional whitening uses stronger whitening agents that deliver faster and more effective results.
At Smile Essentials, we have different options for teeth whitening:
- In-office professional whitening
- In-office professional express whitening (in 10 minutes!)
- Custom fitted refillable whitening trays for take-home use
- Prefabricated professional whitening kits
Frequently Asked Questions
You may be a candidate for professional teeth whitening if you are experiencing discoloration, but otherwise have healthy teeth and healthy gums. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Kittell to find out if tooth whitening could be right for you. Some patients, such as those who are pregnant or sensitive to whitening agents, may not be candidates for professional whitening.
Teeth whitening consists of a thorough cleaning and polishing of the teeth, with all debris carefully removed. Dr. Kittell will then protect your gums before applying a whitening agent to the surface of your teeth. The product will be activated and left on the teeth for several minutes before being washed off with water. Your results will vary according to the natural shade of your teeth and degree of discoloration, but it is normal for patients to experience a lightening of several shades in a single visit.
It is normal to experience some tooth sensitivity following a professional whitening treatment. You may be instructed to avoid consuming highly pigmented beverages for at least 24 hours to prevent the teeth from becoming stained again. Examples include tea, coffee and wine. Depending on your results and long-term goals, you may also be sent home from your procedure with an at-home whitening kit for later use.