What is the difference between office whitening and Crest white strips?
The main difference is the higher concentration in the office bleaching, which is why it must be administered under the
supervision of a dental professional. This allows much more pronounced and faster
bleaching of your teeth. The trays used in the office whitening kit also are scalloped along
the gumline, eliminating excess bleach material on your gum tissue. Even a small amount
of bleach material on your gums can cause irritation and sensitivity.
Is bleaching Safe?
Bleaching is safe. It is not uncommon to experience mild tooth sensitivity during and
for a few days after the bleaching process. Most patients report these symptoms are very
mild, if at all, and they do not prevent completion of the process. The process does not
remove any enamel and has been shown to be safe when used according to instructions.
Will the bleaching process lighten my existing dental work?
Only natural teeth can be bleached. Teeth with crowns and/or white fillings are not
affected by the lightening process.
How long will the bleaching results last?
Teeth naturally darken or yellow with age. The lightening process is a permanent
procedure. However, it is recommended that a touch-up process be used once a year to
help maintain teeth at their whitest.