When we apply concentrated whitening gel to your teeth, the ingredients oxidize the stain particles that they come into contact with. Consequently, the tooth enamel in that area is also lightened. The gel can work as a stand-alone treatment when worn in a tray close to your teeth, or accelerated with a bright light as part of an in-office procedure. Both methods can lighten your smile by several shades.
Over the Counter vs. Professional Whitening
If you have very mild tooth stain, then an over-the-counter strip or gel system may be all that you need. Unfortunately, the products aren’t as strong as what you can get from a dentist, so they don’t work as quickly or significantly. When you come to Jean M. Lafayette, DDS, we’ll fit you with custom molded trays that keep the professional grade gel right where you need it. As a result, you’ll get a stronger and even white across your smile instead of patchy white spots or gum irritation.