There are two traditional ways to whiten teeth.
The first is over-the-counter bleaching using strips or prefabricated trays that you can purchase in the store. While they can do a good job whitening teeth, you have to be careful not to let the bleach sit on the gum tissue. Bleach left on the gum tissue can chemically burn the gum which can cause pain.
The second, is in-office bleaching. This process includes placing bleach on the teeth for approximately one hour, while a blue light illuminates the teeth. This method works for many people but is difficult to control sensitivity. This method is also the most expensive and becomes very costly is additional sessions are needed.
At Fede Family & Cosmetic Dentistry we recommend bleaching trays that are custom fitted to your teeth. This minimizes the amount of bleach that reaches the gums, sensitivity can be controlled easily, and it is easy to touch up when additional whitening is desired.
Sensitivity is one of the most common side effects of whitening. Sensitive toothpaste is always a good idea when undergoing any whitening treatment. If sensitivity does occur, waiting a day or two can minimized discomfort. We also offer two different concentrations of bleach for those of you who are prone to sensitivity.