Enhancing Your Smile

Teeth Whitening

Teeth Cleaning
Hundreds of thousands of people have had their teeth professionally whitened—and now have the boost of confidence that comes with a bright, sparkling smile.

If your teeth are stained—due to coffee, tea, tobacco, antibiotics, or just aging—Dr. Snow would be happy to discuss the best whitening option for you. He offers a range of effective services.

Options for a Brighter Smile

Dr. Snow uses powerful, scientifically-proven bleaching systems to help you rejuvenate your radiant smile—safer and faster than ever before.

Patients can benefit from three options, based on which best suits their individual lifestyle and needs:

  • At-home bleaching is often selected to provide the most predictable, effective, and longest-lasting overall results for a brighter and whiter smile. Dr. Snow crafts a soft, custom, form-fitting dental tray and bleaching gel daily for about 2 weeks. The tray is so comfortable that many patients report that they barely notice it.
  • Internal bleaching can be performed for isolated teeth that have been darkened from internal staining, often following an accident or traumatic blow. Dr. Snow places and seals bleaching agents inside the problem tooth to achieve the whitening effect.
  • In-office power whitening is ideal for patients who want rapid whitening results—often to look their best for an upcoming social or business event. Power bleaching is performed in our office during a single appointment. While patients do experience immediate whitening results and get a quick "jump start" for a brighter smile, the results can diminish somewhat within a few weeks. Home whitening is often recommended to maintain the results.

Keep in mind that tooth whitening in an unhealthy mouth can cause unwanted complications. For this reason, Dr. Snow will carefully evaluate your teeth before whitening procedures so he can recommend the most appropriate treatment for you.

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Did you know? . . .
Double-blind studies show that using light to activate in-office tooth whitening may have very little positive effect. Dr. Snow uses state-of-the-art, in-office whitening that is combined with at-home maintenance, for the best benefits.