DOWNTOWN DENTAL GROUP
161 W. Wisconsin Avenue
Suite 5036
Milwaukee, WI 53203
414.278.6070
GRANT PARK DENTAL
1333 College Avenue
Suite C
South Milwaukee, WI 53172
414.764.6070
Teeth whitening is a simple, safe procedure that can totally transform your smile! Over time, teeth can change from the bright white teeth you remember having as a child, to something darker or more yellow. This is normal. Many different factors, including the consumption of dark sodas, red wine and different spices, as well as smoking, can cause your teeth to become darker.
How does teeth whitening work?
Teeth can have two types of stains: intrinsic and extrinsic. Extrinsic stains are surface stains that can usually be removed during a dental cleaning appointment. Sometimes, simply using whitening toothpastes can be effective in removing some extrinsic stain. Intrinsic stain, on the other hand, is inside the dentin (the inside layer of the tooth, underneath the enamel). They darken teeth from the inside out, but teeth whitening can change that! The main ingredient in teeth whitening agents is carbamide peroxide. Oxygen molecules from the whitening agents react with the discolored molecules in teeth, breaking the bonds that hold them together. The oxygen molecules spread, whitening the entire tooth. As a result, patients are left with a brighter, whiter smile.

Are there side effects?
The most commonly noted side effect with any type of whitening is sensitivity. This is almost always temporary and settles down within a few days.
TEETH WHITENING
Before in-office whitening
What types of teeth whitening do we offer?
First, impressions are taken in order to create custom plastic trays specifically for the patient's teeth. The trays are then loaded with whitening gel and worn for at least four hours at a time (many patients wear them while they sleep at night). Generally, after 1-2 weeks of daily applications, teeth are significantly whiter. Most patients will retain this whitening for months or even years. Some patients need to "touch up" and wear the trays 1-2 nights per year to maintain their pearly whites.
CUSTOM TRAY TOOTH WHITENING
After in-office whitening
IN-OFFICE ZOOM WHITENING
Zoom is a whitening treatment performed in the dental office, under the care of a dental professional. After the whitening solution is applied to the teeth, a special light is shined on the teeth for 15-20 minutes. The whitening gel and light work together to break up the deep stains inside the teeth. This process is repeated two more times, and the teeth are visibly whiter at the end of the appointment. Teeth continue to whiten up to 8 shades, even after you leave the office!