There's essentially two forms of whitening that we offer here at Atlanta Dental Spa.
Number one, there's the in-office, or the laser, or you may have heard it referred to as zoom whitening in the past. Essentially what that is is the in-office you'll come in, it's about a two-hour appointment. Because it's so concentrated and strong, I tell people that it combines what take-home trays or the traditional whitening into about one hour. So basically it condense two weeks of what that whitening into about one hour. So it's super strong. It can only be applied in the office.
So you'll come in, you'll be in our office for about two hours. We'll basically put in a set of retractors to get your cheeks away, get your lips away, and then we'll put on a little barrier around your gum line. And you'll basically sit there with your mouth open, with the gel on, watching some TV for a couple hours.
The reason that we have all those isolation devices on is because it's such a powerful oxidizer, that whitening material, that if it gets on any of the mucous membranes or the gum tissues that it can actually oxidize it and turn it white, which is a little bit painful.
Sometimes, and I'm actually in that category, people confess that the in-office whitening is a little painful. If you have sensitivity to whitening, I always talk people out of doing the in-office, because it's not that it whitens better than the second option, which is called the take-home trays. It's not that is whitens better, it's just that it whitens much, much faster. So if you're not in a hurry, I recommend doing the take-home trays. But sometimes the sensitivity can be off the charts with the powered in-office whitening.
The second option, which I alluded to already, is just the take-home trays. Where you come in, we take an impression of your teeth, we make you whitening trays, and then you would go home with some gel. The gel is nowhere near as powerful as the first option, which was the in-office, but it also doesn't make that teeth as sensitive. And you can get to the same result of whitening with either option, it's just how fast you get there.
So if you have any questions about this and want to come in and talk to us about your options about whitening, feel free. There's also information below on this webpage that can maybe help guide you through some of that.