Teeth Whitening

Having a beautiful smile may be even easier than you think. Many people achieve the look they’ve been dreaming of with our simple “bleaching” procedure.

What are the details of teeth whitening?

It’s safe, quick, and inexpensive. Just let us know at any appointment if you would like to whiten your teeth. You can lighten only your upper teeth or both the upper and lower, depending on how much you show when you talk and smile.  Dr. Bellisario offers a take home whitening option and a clinical application in-office whitening option.

Take Home Whitening

In only a day or two your custom bleach splints will be ready for you to pick up. We provide you with a special whitening agent that you put into the clear splints. With only 15 minutes of wear per day for 10 days, our special whitening agent bubbles stains right out of your enamel in a very short time without altering tooth structure or existing dental work in any way. When your teeth reach the desired brightness, only occasional treatment is needed to maintain your new smile. 

Dental bleaching can be used to correct tooth discoloration. Discolorations can be caused by staining, aging, or chemical damage to teeth. Using the latest in whitening technology, we can offer a safe method for creating a beautiful “brilliant” smile. In cases of extreme tooth discoloration, crowns or veneers may be the only choice, but because of the low cost of whitening treatments, “bleaching” is nearly always worth a solid try.

How is teeth whitening done?

Key Benefits of Teeth Whitening

  • Corrects brown, yellow and spotted tooth staining
  • Works on people of any age
  • Is a near-permanent solution for a “dull” smile, restoring brightness and brings a smile alive

An impression is taken to make a specialized “mouthguard” or “stent” to hold the dental bleach against the teeth. The material is used for about 15 minutes a day for between one to two weeks until desired results are achieved. At the end of this time, significant whitening will occur. In some cases, the change is nothing short of brilliant. For confidence in appearance, whitening technology allows us to promise improvements in yellowing, aging or stained teeth. Results can vary based on how stained your teeth are at the start of treatment.  In some cases where the teeth are severely stained, crowns or porcelain veneers may be more appropriate.  Dr. B can discuss the realistic expectations of your treatment outcomes.

In Office Whitening

In office teeth whitening requires a 90 minute appointment with Dr. Bellisario. Once the clinical strength whitening is applied, the results are immediate. You are guaranteed to leave the office with a brighter smile after just one in-office whitening treatment. Custom whitening trays will also be made for in-office whitening patients to take home, perfect for convenient “touch up” whitening maintenance as needed. 

Considerations for Teeth Whitening:

Over-the-counter bleaching agents are available for purchase at drug stores and pharmacies. However, since these products can cause harm to the gums and teeth, it’s best to consult with Dr. B about these products.