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How Does In-Office Teeth Whitening Work? December 2, 2019

Kenai, Kenai Peninsula
How Does In-Office Teeth Whitening Work?, Kenai, Alaska

Whether you are preparing for an event or simply want to brighten your smile, in-office teeth whitening can deliver safe and long-lasting results. Your dentist can discuss your desired results and recommend whether teeth whitening is right for you. The guide below will break down what you can expect if you opt for this in-office treatment.  

What Happens Before the Whitening Treatment?

You can expect your teeth whitening appointment to last about 90 minutes since the dentist will need to prepare your teeth first. They will likely clean your teeth and gums, as well as polish the teeth with pumice. Your dentist will then assess the shade of your teeth and discuss what shade you can expect following the treatment. 

Generally, dentists will place gauze in your mouth to absorb saliva and place barriers along the gums. They do this to keep the whitening solution away from the gums and tongue. 

What Whitening Solutions Will the Dentist Use?

teeth whiteningMost dentists use a solution that contains hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide to whiten your teeth. These solutions act as a bleaching agent. The dentist will apply the solution to your teeth and may cure it with a light or laser. If the solution needs to be cured, you will need to keep the light on the teeth for up to 30 minutes. Otherwise, the solution will sit for this time period. The dentist will then rinse your mouth and may repeat the process several times until you see results. 

Will You See Immediate Results?

Since professional teeth whitening involves bleaching solutions, you likely will see immediate results. However, your dentist may recommend that you return for additional whitening appointments. They may advise you to do so if you have deep-set staining since it might take several bleaching sessions to reach your desired surface shade. 

How Can You Keep Your Teeth White?

Your dentist will discuss aftercare with you at the appointment. They will likely recommend that you avoid staining substances like coffee and dark sauces for the first 24 hours. You should then limit these foods and beverages to retain the results of your treatment. Brushing, flossing, and attending routine cleanings are also key to maintaining your smile. 


If you are interested in professional teeth whitening, James Julien DDS in Kenai, AK, can help you achieve your desired results. He and his team are committed to providing gentle care in their relaxing office environment. Whether you are due for a routine cleaning or are interested in cosmetic procedures, Dr. Julien will ensure that you are educated on your treatment options. You can view a full list of his services by visiting the office online. You can also call (907) 283-4857 to make an appointment. 

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