Coffee, tea, tobacco, red wine, antibiotics and age can all darken teeth. Patients can choose from two routes to whiter teeth: at-home whitening or in-office whitening.
At-home bleaching kits use carbamide peroxide solutions to oxidize and bleach your teeth. Dr. Atchley will create customized trays for your mouth based on plaster molds of your teeth. Place the solution in these trays, and then hold the tray in your mouth for the amount of time specified. He or she will determine a duration of treatment. In a few weeks, return to Dr. Atchely for a follow-up appointment.
In-office bleaching (also called chair side, light-activated or one-hour bleaching) uses hydrogen peroxide gels and a heat or light source, these treatments lighten your teeth by six to eight shades in one to three visits, and sometimes less. The light source can be a plasma arc lamp or a laser. Dr. Atchley applies the gel to your teeth, and then shines the light source, quickening the work of the gel. When a lamp is used, three twenty-minute gel applications are required. When a laser is used, Dr. Atchley treats each tooth individually. Please click here or call Amy at 615-847-1234.