Teeth Whitening

Drs. Elise Braxmeyer, Cristina Waterman and Gail Nakata offer teeth whitening at our Beaverton dental office to help our patients achieve a brighter smile. Your whitening expectations, current tooth shade, and general state of oral health will be most helpful in determining which type of whitening will be best for your smile. At Hillside Dental Care, our dentists want to make sure your smile is beautiful, but most importantly, healthy.

Professional Teeth Whitening

We offer take-home tray whitening for patients who want professional results. Tray bleaching is a type of professional whitening that uses custom-made trays and whitening gel only available from Hillside Dental Care. The whitening gel is placed in custom-fitted trays that fit perfectly over your teeth. As the peroxide in the gel breaks down, hydroxyradicals help whiten stained teeth. Unlike strips, this process whitens all your natural teeth and may contain ingredients intended to provide maximum comfort. At-home professional tray whitening generally takes ten to 14 days, although you may notice results in as little as three to five days.

During you six-month hygiene appointments, your hygienist will monitor your tooth shade and provide additional whitening gel if necessary to keep your teeth looking great!

Over-the-Counter Whitening

There are many over-the-counter teeth whitening options. While they can be effective, the strength of the whitening agent will not be as strong as that of professional whitening. If you choose over-the-counter whitening products, we recommend that you consult Dr. Braxmeyer before use.

  • Teeth-Whitening Strips: Teeth-whitening strips are thin, flexible plastic (polyethylene) strips with a thin film of hydrogen peroxide on one side. Whitening strip kits come with strips for the upper teeth and strips for the lower teeth. The whitening agent is applied by placing the strips across your teeth and gently pressing the strips to ensure contact with all your teeth. Teeth-whitening strips are typically worn for 30 minutes a day, twice a day. The duration of treatment will vary.
  • Paint-On Teeth Whiteners: Paint-on whiteners are generally less expensive and less effective than whitening strips or professional options. Paint-on teeth whiteners consist of a gel that is applied to the tooth using a small brush. Paint-on whitening gel hardens into a film that coats the teeth, and dissolves in the mouth.
  • Whitening Toothpaste and Mouthwash: The least expensive options are whitening toothpastes and mouthwashes. Designed to have “whitening” capabilities, toothpastes and mouthwashes work to remove surface stains using mild abrasives. However, unlike the materials used in professional whitening procedures, these products do not lighten the actual color shade of the tooth. Whitening toothpastes affect surface stains and will mildly lighten your teeth.

If you would like to learn more about teeth whitening, please contact our Beaverton, OR dental practice to schedule an appointment with Drs. Elise Braxmeyer, Cristina Waterman and Gail Nakata.

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