In-Office Bleaching usually requires only one office visit. A protective gel or a rubber shield is placed over the gums to protect the soft tissue. A bleaching agent containing carbamide peroxide is applied to the teeth, and a bright light is then used to enhance the action of the whitening agent.
At-Home bleaching requires an impression of the teeth (taken using our CAD/CAM computer camera) in order to fabricate a customized mouth guard to hold the whitening gel (which contains the bleaching agent) against the teeth. Once the mouth guard is made, it is worn for a period of time, as instructed by our office. The amount of time may vary from a couple of hours a day, or all night, for up to four weeks or longer.
In preparing the teeth, only a very small amount of the original tooth enamel is removed. The teeth are then imaged with our CAD/CAM intraoral camera. The veneers are individually designed and than the porcelain is milled for each tooth. Afterwards, an adhesive layer is placed between the slightly prepped tooth and the veneer and set with a curing light.