Teeth typically become discolored through extrinsic factors like coffee, wine, or smoking—or through intrinsic factors like medications, or excessive fluoride use. Although some people experience discoloration simply due to aging.

How does teeth whitening work?

With so many teeth whitening options available in North Scottsdale—both over-the-counter and professional—it can be difficult to determine which option is best for your teeth. While take-home tray whitening systems are effective, patients typically prefer in-office teeth whitening with Dr. Sara, our North Scottsdale, AZ dentist. That’s because professional whitening involves careful preparation and the use of high-quality products that yield results almost immediately.

Before your whitening procedure begins, Dr. Sara will complete initial prep work, including a thorough cleaning of your teeth and gums. Next, he will apply the whitening solution onto any exposed surfaces. Depending on the whitening system being utilized, a light source may be used to enhance the whitening gel.

The most common in-office professional teeth whitening procedure is Opalescence® Boost . Using high-concentrated peroxide gel, this whitening technique offers brighter, whiter teeth in less than an hour. This in-office procedure is great for patients that that don’t want the hassle of whitening at home. The other teeth whitening option is Opalescence® PF, which is offered as a great option for whitening in the comfort of your own home! We custom make trays to fit your teeth, and send you home with whitening gel.

Through the different types of teeth whitening in North Scottsdale, you can find the best solution to brightening your teeth.

Are you a candidate for whitening? Typically anyone who wants a whiter smile is a candidate for teeth whitening in North Scottsdale, AZ. The process starts with a dental examination along with a clinical history as to causes of tooth staining. Things like foods we eat, personal habits such as smoking, previous traumas to teeth, and certain medications taken when teeth were forming can cause stains. This information is used to determine the best method of treatment for teeth whitening.

How long does whitening last? Regardless of the type of teeth whitening used, you and your lifestyle primarily determine the length of the results. There are also certain foods (coffee, wine), habits (smoking), and medications that can cause staining to occur after your teeth have been whitened. If you are concerned about teeth whitening fading we also do touch ups as necessary to maintain the results.