Tooth Whitening
You don’t have to be born with perfectly white teeth to have a bright new smile. Tooth whitening, or bleaching, can usually erase years of staining and/or discoloration.

At Harvest Dental we offer two ways to whiten your teeth: Take home whitening kit or In-office whitening procedure 

Professional whitening done in-office can make your teeth up to seven shades whiter.

In-Office Whitening Procedure:

  • We start by screening you to see if whitening is appropriate for your individual circumstance. Most patients are great candidates for whitening, but unfortunately, whitening is not for everyone.
  • Before the whitening process, we will find the current shade of your teeth with the aid of a shade guide.
  • We then take impressions of your upper and lower teeth so we can make you a set of take home bleaching trays. We do this while you are undergoing the in-office treatment.
  • Next we place a barrier between your gums and teeth. This temporary “dam” protects your gums while you have the bleach on your teeth.
  • After the dam has been safely placed, we will apply a coat of bleach on your teeth.
  • We let this bleach sit on your teeth according to the manufactures recommended time. Then we thoroughly rinse your teeth with water.
  • Sometimes we may have to repeat the process to get the results you want.
  • After we completed the treatment, we will use the shade guide to show you the amazing difference in your teeth’s color.
  • Before you leave we will show you how to use your take home bleaching trays. These can be used to “touch up” and brighten your smile if the whitening has faded.

Take-home whitening kit:

  • We start by screening you to see if whitening is appropriate for your individual circumstance. Most patients are great candidates for whitening, but unfortunately, whitening may not work for everyone.
  • Before the whitening process, we will find the current shade of your teeth with the aid of a shade guide.
  • We then take impressions of your upper and lower teeth so we can make you a set of take home bleaching trays.
  • Usually you will pick these up the next day, and a team member will show you how to use the product correctly.
  • After the whitening process, you can use the provided shade guide that is in your home-kit to see the difference in color of your teeth. It’s amazing how much they change!
  1. How long does bleaching last?
  2. If you take good care of your teeth, and follow your dentist’s directions, you can expect the results to last one to three years. You can maintain your white teeth even longer if you don’t smoke, chew tobacco, or drink a great deal of coffee or tea.
  1. I’ve had previous dental work on my front teeth. Will that be a problem?
  2. Not necessarily, although it does complicate things. The bleaching agents that are used to whiten teeth don’t affect tooth-colored fillings or other materials, such as porcelain crowns. After bleaching, these areas may appear darker than the surrounding teeth. However, sometimes the repair work is whiter than the natural teeth. In these cases, the whitened natural teeth will blend better with the repaired teeth.

If dental work makes a tooth look darker than the others, your dentist can cover it with lighter-colored cosmetic bonding or porcelain veneers.

  1. Are there any side effects?
  2. You are unlikely to have any serious effects from whitening. However, some people feel mild to moderate tooth sensitivity after bleaching. Gums also can become irritated. A prescription fluoride gel can reduce the sensitivity, but most people don’t need it. The sensitivity usually goes away within a few days.

Irritation of gums or other soft tissues in the mouth is more of a problem with over-the-counter bleaching kits. That’s because the bleaching agents may leak around the edges of the mouthpiece.

Women should avoid tooth whitening during pregnancy. The effects of bleaching agents on fetal development are still unknown.