Teeth Whitening

DeRose Dental

General Dentistry located in Racine, WI

Are you a regular coffee drinker? A smoker? Wine aficionado? Well, that would explain why you can’t shake off the stains on your teeth. Dr. Francesca DeRose and Dr. Maria DeRose Barnes at DeRose Dental help men and women living in or around Racine, Wisconsin, get rid of unwanted stains and brighten up their smile. Call or go online today to book a teeth whitening appointment.

Teeth Whitening Q & A

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What is teeth whitening?

Teeth whitening is a noninvasive cosmetic dental procedure that quickly and painlessly removes stains and discolorations on your teeth.

Jean Arthur, a restorative and cosmetic dentist in Providence, Rhode Island, invented the current version of teeth whitening in the 1980s, offering trays with peroxide. Today, close to 40 million people use teeth whitening services in the United States. DeRose Dental uses this proven method to give you the smile you desire.

What are the different types of teeth whitening treatments?

The two types of professional teeth whitening are:

Vital whitening

Your dentist applies a gel applied directly to the surface of your tooth.

Non-vital whitening

Non-vital whitening is sometimes necessary when you’ve had a root canal, as a root canal can discolor your teeth over time.

How does teeth whitening work?

The team at DeRose Dental performs all teeth whitening services outside the office by providing custom-made take-home trays for you to continue your treatment at home.

During your visit, your dentist creates a fitted mouthpiece that you take home with you. A team member gives you a carbamide peroxide-based whitening gel that you put in the mouthpiece at home. The entire procedure takes between 30 and 90 minutes.

This process can be repeated as many times as you’d like, though your dentist monitors your reaction to the treatment to make sure everything goes smoothly every time.

What are the side effects of teeth whitening?

There aren’t many side effects of teeth whitening. Most commonly, patients experience tooth sensitivity immediately after the procedure, as well as light gum irritation.

The team at DeRose Dental examines your medical and dental history before starting the treatment. That way, if anything comes up as a red flag, they know not to proceed.

Does teeth whitening damage the enamel?

Teeth whitening doesn’t damage tooth enamel. It’s considered the most robust tissue in the body, meaning that it can take a lot to damage it.

Does teeth whitening affect pre-existing dental work?

There have been no instances of whitening damaging pre-existing dental work. Nevertheless, crowns, fillings, bonding, veneers, and bridges might make results more difficult to see.

What is the Zoom in-office procedure like?

The Zoom in-office teeth-whitening process is simple and can potentially make your teeth up to eight shades brighter in just one visit.* At your appointment, one of the team members at DeRose Dental fits the upper and lower dental trays into your mouth. The trays will be filled with a hydrogen peroxide whitening solution.

Your practitioner will then cover your lips and gums to protect them from the powerful whitening solution. They fill the trays with the bleaching solution and position a specialized bright light over your teeth. The light and bleach work in unison to whiten your teeth as you sit back and relax. This occurs with three 15-minute treatments in a single visit.

The team ensures you’re comfortable and relaxed between treatments. At the end, your dental expert covers your teeth in a post-treatment gel to reduce any sensitivity you might have after the whitening. Then it’s finished. Your teeth are whiter, and your smile is brighter in about two hours.

The DeRose Dental team can also provide take-home teeth-whitening kits for a less immediate approach to whitening teeth over a couple of weeks.

To learn more about Zoom in-office and take-home options for teeth whitening, call or schedule a consultation at DeRose Dental today. Let's work together to revive your smile!

*Individual results may vary.

How long does it last?

The team at DeRose Dental manufactures custom trays uniquely suited to your teeth so that they can last for up to 10 years. You’ll need to purchase more bleach every two years or so.  

Your dentist at DeRose Dental helps you establish healthy dental hygiene, and provides you with useful tips as to what stain-causing foods and beverages to avoid.

It’s time for you to get rid of those unwanted to stains. Contact DeRose Dental by phone or online today to book a teeth whitening appointment.

Whitening with Bleach Tray