Whitening
Single Visit Whitening

One hour bleaching systems use a very bright light to activate higher bleaching concentrations to produce faster, more dramatic whitening results.


The technician will protect your mouth very carefully using cotton rolls, gauze and a liquid dam.


A special whitening lamp is used to activate the whitening gel for approximately 60 minutes.

Teeth Whitening
Teeth Whitening

One of the most requested procedures asked of a dental office is tooth whitening. This is a procedure that will assist in removing stains and discoloration from teeth while lightening them.

Tooth whitening can only be completed once cavities are treated in order to prevent the whitening solution from reaching the inner tooth and causing sensitivity. Also keep in mind that tooth whitening is unable to lighten exposed tooth roots, and tooth replacements such as crowns and veneers.

Home Whitening

The most common type of home teeth whitening involves placing a gel-like whitening solution, which usually contains hydrogen peroxide, in a tray that resembles a Nightguard or mouth guard. Over-the-counter mouthpieces are unlikely to fit correctly and can cause gum irritation if the whitening agent seeps out. The tray is then placed over the teeth for a certain period of time, anywhere from an hour or two to overnight.

Opalescence Take Home Whitening

Opalescence Take Home Whitening Gels are only available from your dentist, who will supervise your treatment from initial consultation through completion. The sticky, viscous gel won't migrate to gums and most formulations include Potassium Fluoride (PF), which helps to improve oral health by strengthening enamel, decreasing sensitivity and offering increased cavity prevention.

ZOOM Whitening

The Zoom Whitening System is available in our office. This system can whiten teeth by an average of nine shades lighter in around an hour. Anyone who wants to brighten their smile can take advantage of this system, even individuals who have food, tobacco, or tetracycline stains can benefit from this procedure.

Zoom Single-Visit Teeth Whitening
  1. PreparationZoom Whitening PreparationWe start the Zoom whitening process by covering your lips and gums leaving only your teeth exposed. At this time, we can usually estimate how white your new smile will be by matching your teeth with a whitening shade and estimate approximately up to 8 shades whiter from here.
  2. ApplicationZoom Whitening Gel Being Applied to TeethNext a high-strength proprietary whitening gel is applied to the surfaces of your teeth. This special gel is specifically designed to work with the Zoom whitening light.
  3. WhiteningZoom Whitening Light - Whitening the TeethThe Zoom whitening light is placed directly in front of your teeth to maximize exposure to the gel. The special light activates the gel which gently penetrates the outer-most (enamel) layer of your teeth; breaking up stains and discoloration during the process.
  4. SmileZoom Whitening After Teeth. Comparing Whiter Teeth to Original ColorSmile with confidence as you leave the office with a brighter, whiter smile!

If you are thinking about whitening your teeth and would like to try our Zoom whitening service, call us anytime at (707) 585-8595 or request an appointment online and come see what it's all about!

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