Teeth Whitening

What does O’Connor Dental Care offer for teeth whitening?

We do not offer any in-office whitening but offer a take-home whitening with trays.

Also, the bleach they use is 14% hydrogen peroxide so please just change the below section to read:

What are the ingredients in teeth whitening formulas?

The active ingredient in most teeth whitening formulas is peroxide. All tooth-whitening solutions use peroxide-based bleaching agents, but the differences lie in the concentrations of this active ingredient.

How does teeth whitening work?

The peroxide may be applied as a gel or paste brushed onto the teeth like paint, or as a gel or foam applied using treatment trays.

Both the strength of the solution and the length of exposure to the treatment affect the whitening results. Typically, the longer the solution remains on your teeth, the whiter your teeth get. The solution must not be left on the teeth for too long, however, because excessive exposure to peroxide may dry out and weaken natural tooth enamel and cause sensitivity to heat and cold. Typically, the higher the concentration of peroxide in the solution, the less time the teeth should remain exposed to it, to avoid dehydration of the tooth and increased tooth sensitivity.

How can I continue to whiten my teeth at home?

Following your professional treatment in our office, Dr. Patrick or Dr. Emily will be very happy to provide you with the tools you’ll need to continue to whiten your teeth at home. Our staff can prepare custom-fitted treatment trays that you can use to apply a special whitening formula that we can prescribe for you to use at home.

Who is a good candidate for teeth whitening treatments?

The ideal candidates for in-office teeth whitening treatments have healthy teeth with no fillings or restorations, as well as healthy gums. Teeth with yellow undertones typically respond more favorably to the whitening treatment, achieving the most dramatic results.

Whitening may not be suitable for you if you suffer from chronic tooth sensitivity, oral cancer, periodontal disease, or if your tooth enamel is excessively worn down or damaged. People whose teeth appear translucent are generally not good candidates for whitening treatments as their teeth may be too sensitive to the treatment.