Types of Professional Teeth Whitening

Customizing Your Teeth Whitening Experience

A bright and healthy-looking smile can have a significant impact on an individual’s self-confidence and overall appearance. While there are many over-the-counter teeth whitening products available, professional teeth whitening treatments are the most effective way to achieve a brighter, whiter smile. Teeth whitening treatments are available in a variety of types and can be performed either in-office or at home depending on your dentist’s services.

To learn more about our teeth whitening methods at our Northridge dental office, contact our cosmetic dentist today by calling 818-709-8645 to schedule an appointment.

before and after teeth whitening

In-Office Teeth Whitening

In-office teeth whitening is the most common type of professional teeth whitening treatment. It’s performed in a dental office and involves the use of a strong bleaching agent that’s applied to the teeth. The bleaching agent is activated using a special light or laser, which speeds up the whitening process.

In-office whitening treatments usually take about an hour to complete and can provide dramatic results in a single session. A professional teeth whitening procedure is ideal for individuals who want fast, dramatic results or who have deep stains that can’t be effectively treated with at-home whitening kits.

Depending on your dentist, you may undergo teeth whitening with:

If you’re ready to learn more about the teeth whitening process, contact our Northridge dentists today to achieve whiter teeth.

The Benefits of Each Type of Whitening

ZOOM! Teeth Whitening Systems

  • Uses a powerful hydrogen peroxide whitening gel to effectively lift deep stains.
  • In-office treatment takes only 90 minutes for dramatic whitening results.
  • Custom-fitted trays provide whitening maintenance at home.
  • Ideal for patients with severely discolored teeth.

Deep Bleaching

  • Uses a carbamide peroxide gel for intense stain removal.
  • Deeper penetration to whiten teeth several shades in one visit.
  • Often requires no follow-up treatment or maintenance.
  • Works well for smokers and tea/coffee drinkers with deep-set stains.

Opalescence Boost

  • Whitening gel has higher hydrogen peroxide than most over-the-counter kits.
  • The thinner gel formula allows deeper penetration into the enamel.
  • May require only one to two applications for noticeable results.
  • Causes less sensitivity than other strong peroxide gels.


  • Uses advanced light technology to activate and enhance the whitening gel.
  • Light waves target stains to speed up the whitening process.
  • Provides possibly the fastest in-office whitening treatment.
  • May need periodic touch-ups to maintain results.

KöR Whitening

  • Uses a non-hydrogen peroxide whitening formula with mineral salts.
  • Gentler on tooth enamel than peroxide whiteners.
  • Requires a series of applications over two to three weeks.
  • Causes minimal to no sensitivity for most patients.

Laser Teeth Whitening

  • A dentist applies a hydrogen peroxide gel and “activates” it with a laser light.
  • The light speeds up whitening and enhances results.
  • Effective for moderate stains from coffee, smoking, medications, etc.
  • Results can last over a year with good dental hygiene.

At-Home Teeth Whitening

At-home teeth whitening can be performed at home using custom-made whitening trays and a professional-strength whitening gel. The teeth whitening trays are made from impressions of the patient’s teeth, which ensures a comfortable and precise fit.

At-home professional teeth whitening kits are typically less expensive than in-office treatments and can provide excellent results over time. These treatments may take longer to achieve the desired results, but they can be a convenient and effective option for individuals who prefer to whiten their teeth at home.

Whitening Treatment for Sensitive Teeth

Professional teeth whitening treatments can sometimes cause tooth sensitivity and gum irritation. This sensitivity may occur due to the whitening agent used in the treatment or by the trays used to hold the gel in place.

If you have tooth sensitivity, there are several options and considerations to keep in mind:

  • Choose a dentist who’s experienced in treating sensitive teeth: A dentist who’s experienced in treating sensitive teeth will be able to identify potential problems and adjust the treatment plan accordingly.
  • Use a lower-strength bleaching agent: A lower-strength bleaching agent can be used to minimize the risk of sensitivity. This may require more frequent treatments to achieve the desired results.
  • Use desensitizing agents: Desensitizing agents can be applied to the teeth before or after the whitening treatment to reduce sensitivity.
  • Consider at-home teeth whitening: At-home treatments can be a good option for individuals with sensitive teeth, as they can be used at a slower pace to minimize sensitivity.
  • Avoid over-the-counter teeth whitening products: Over-the-counter products, such as teeth whitening strips or teeth whitening toothpaste, can cause tooth sensitivity. Contact our dentist for a professional office whitening treatment.

man getting a professional teeth whitening treatment

Frequently Asked Questions

Can professional teeth whitening treatment remove all stains?

While professional teeth whitening treatments can effectively remove many types of surface stains, they may not be able to remove all types of stains. Deep, intrinsic stains caused by medication, trauma, or genetics may require additional treatments or cosmetic procedures, such as porcelain veneers or dental bonding, to effectively improve the appearance of the teeth.

Can I get a teeth whitening treatment if I have dental restorations?

Professional teeth whitening treatments are most effective on natural teeth and may not produce the same results on dental restorations, such as fillings, crowns, or veneers. It’s important to discuss any dental restorations with your dentist before undergoing a professional teeth whitening treatment to determine the best course of action.

Can I undergo teeth whitening if I have braces?

Professional teeth whitening treatments aren’t recommended for individuals with braces as the bleaching agent can’t penetrate the brackets and wires. However, once the braces are removed, a professional teeth whitening treatment can be performed to achieve a brighter, more even smile.

How often can I undergo professional teeth whitening treatments?

The frequency of professional teeth whitening treatments will depend on the individual’s oral hygiene habits and lifestyle choices. Most dentists recommend waiting at least six months between treatments to avoid over-bleaching the teeth and causing sensitivity.

Discover a Brighter Smile at Kevin H Gropp, DDS With Teeth Whitening!

Do you want whiter teeth? Contact our dentist today to learn more about professional teeth whitening treatments and see which option is best for you. Don’t let stained or discolored teeth hold you back from feeling confident and proud of your smile. Get your teeth whitened today!

Contact our Northridge dentist’s office by calling 818-709-8645 to schedule your teeth whitening consultation.

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