Types of Teeth Whitening Methods

In-office Whitening

In-office bleaching or dentist whitening allows significant color change to be accomplished within in a short time span of only one hour or so, making it major benefit of professional whitening.

During in-office tooth whitening, the tooth whitening dentist applies a protective gel to your gums or a rubber shield to protect the oral soft tissues.  A relatively high-concentration peroxide gel is then carefully applied to the teeth by the tooth whitening dentist. Generally, the peroxide remains on the teeth for several 15 to 20 minute intervals, a special light (such as laser light or plasma arc light) is used to enhance and activate the action of the tooth whitening agent.

For individuals with particularly stubborn staining may be advised to return for one or more additional tooth whitening sessions, or may be asked to continue with a home whitening kit.

Advantages of In-Office Whitening

  1. Professional tooth whitening is a safe form of tooth bleaching
  2. Gum and tooth sensitivity are more controllable today due to thicker peroxide gels and the use of desensitizers such as potassium nitrate and fluoride.

Disadvantages of In-Office Whitening

  1.  In-office bleaching is more expensive than take-home bleaching alternatives.
  2. In-office bleaching is not a permanent solution. After the one hour whitening treatment is completed, teeth do still resume accumulating stains. Many dentists therefore recommend the home bleaching maintenance kits with a follow-up lower-percentage bleach

Types of In-office Tooth Whitening

Whitening teeth with in-office teeth whitening is determined by the concentration of peroxide in the whitening agent and the amount of time the whitening agent is placed on the surface of teeth. For teeth to whiten, teeth need to be exposed to an appropriate teeth whitening agent for an appropriate amount of time. Below are some popular chairside tooth whitening brands and the different light sources utilized.

Click on each of the below in-office teeth whitening systems to find out more about each brand:

Tooth Whitening Systems
Type of Light Source
Zoom! Metal Halide Light
Zoom WhiteSpeed LED Light
Zoom QuickPro No Light
Pola Plasma Arc/LED Light/No light
LaserSmile A Biolase Laser
Opus 10 A Opus Laser
Beyond Gas Plasma Light
BriteSmile Gas Plasma Light / Light Emitting Diode
Rembrandt Plasma Arc Light
Sapphire Plasma Arch Plasma Arc Light
LumaCool Halogen Light
Captivate NUPRO  No Light
Opalescence No Light
Niveous No Light
LumiBrite Plasma Arc / No Light

There are also many other LED Light based teeth whitening systems including Mega Light, LITEX, LumaCool, Cyrstal teeth whitening and plasma arch teeth whitening such as Ultra-lite teeth whitening.

Many of above same in-office teeth whitening systems also carry a take-home tooth whitening kits version for patients to bring home for touch-up or follow on treatment.

In-office tooth whitening procedure

During your in-office professional teeth whitening systems using light-activate gels, the individual teeth whitening steps are very simliar varying simply with the bleaching light used to activate the teeth whitening gel.

  1. Checkup on whether in-office teeth whitening is suited for individual
  2. Scaling/cleaning/polishing (if opted)
  3. Evaluate the individual’s pre-whitening treatment tooth shade
  4. Isolate those teeth being to be teeth whitened with dam
  5. Place eye protection
  6. Apply peroxide teeth whitening gel onto the surface of teeth
  7. Activate tooth whitener with tooth whitening light (if required)
  8. Teeth whitener is left on teeth for period of time and done in cycles for certain tooth whitening treatments
  9. Dam and gel is removed and cleaned
  10. Evaluate the individual’s post-whitening treatment tooth shade