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 “whitening” procedure.

Who may benefit from teeth whitening?

Just about anyone can benefit from tooth whitening. However, treatment may not be as effective for some as it is for others. With an oral exam, Dr. Reiser can determine if you are a candidate for this procedure, including a shade assessment.

How does the process work?

We will take impressions of your teeth and make plaster models. We then fabricate custom trays that fit comfortably over your teeth. We have several different strengths of whitening gel. With stronger gels you will only wear your trays for 20-30 minutes each day. For milder gels you may wear them for several hours, or to bed while you sleep. Results are visible within a few weeks.

Is teeth whitening safe?

Yes, research and clinical studies indicate that whitening teeth under the supervision of a dentist is safe. In fact, many dentists consider whitening the safest cosmetic dental procedure available.

Do the results last a long time?

By following some simple post whitening care instructions, your teeth will always be lighter than they were before. We recommend routine brushing and flossing to maintain results. Most patients go at least a year before any touch up is needed. Since you have your custom whitening trays at home, you will only need to purchase a fresh batch of whitening gel.  The cost is less than $20.00 per syringe, and are available at our office.

Are there any side effects?

Some people experience temporary increased tooth sensitivity to cold during treatment. These symptoms disappear within 1-3 days after interruption or completion of the whitening process.

What about Laser or Zoom whitening?

Many University based studies have show over and over again that the custom tray whitening system provides the best results. Whitening systems all use the same gels. None are truly “activated” by a light or laser. Good results come from how long the gel is in contact with your teeth – any in office procedure which only lasts one hour cannot compare to you doing it on your own at home.  Not to mention, it is far more costly to have it done in the office.