Teeth whitening at our Tacoma dental office can help you achieve a brighter smile in less time than you may think!
Professional Teeth Whitening Options
Dr. Petrie offers two types of professional teeth whitening at our Tacoma dental office: Philips Zoom! and Opalescence®. With more than a decade of experience providing teeth whitening, we are well-equipped to help you achieve the white, youthful smile you want.
With in-office teeth whitening, we invite you to sit back, throw a Netflix movie on, grab a heated neck pillow, and have a little mini vacation while achieving the white, bright smile you have always wanted.
In-Office Whitening with Philips Zoom!
Our Tacoma dental office offers Philips Zoom for in-house professional teeth whitening. During a single appointment, a member of our dental team will apply the Zoom Chairside Light-Activated Gel to the surface of your teeth. The proprietary formula greatly accelerates and enhances the whitening process, and delivers dramatic results in a short amount of time. Along with the all-new Whitening LED Accelerator, your teeth can become up to eight shades lighter in just 45 minutes!
The gel and light work together gently to break up the stains on your teeth, while leaving the structure of your teeth unchanged. After just three 15-minute applications in one hour, you rinse and the treatment is complete, leaving you with a brighter, whiter smile.
Take-Home Whitening with Opalescence®
Opalescence whitening gel is a highly effective take home whitening treatment in the form of custom-made whitening trays and whitening gel.
Opalescence gel comes in three strengths and contains ingredients to strengthen enamel and reduce sensitivity. It can deliver dramatic results in as little as 15 minutes per day!
Regardless of which type of professional whitening treatment you choose, Dr. Petrie will work with you to customize a treatment plan identifying how often whitening should be performed and determining any necessary care to avoid risk or complications.
Over-the-Counter Whitening Options
Teeth-whitening treatments that are available at your local grocery or drug store contain similar ingredients to their professional-whitening counterparts, but since they have a lower concentration of the active ingredients, they will be less effective. They also may be less expensive than professional whitening. It’s always wise to consult with Dr. Petrie if you choose to whiten your teeth with over-the-counter products.
- Teeth-whitening strips are thin, flexible plastic (polyethylene) strips with a thin film of hydrogen peroxide on one side. Whitening strip kits come with two types of strips: strips for the upper teeth and strips for the lower teeth. The whitening agent is applied by placing the strips across your teeth and gently pressing the strips to ensure contact with all your teeth. Teeth-whitening strips are typically worn for 30 minutes a day, twice a day. The duration of treatment will vary.
- Paint-on teeth whiteners consist of a gel that is applied to the tooth using a small brush. Paint-on whitening gel hardens into a film that coats the teeth, and dissolves in the mouth.
- Whitening toothpastes affect surface stains and will mildly lighten your teeth. However, unlike the materials used in professional whitening procedures, these products do not lighten the actual color shade of the teeth.