Published on August 30, 2021, Updated on May 3, 2024

Our cosmetic treatments can make your smile bright again with the help of professional teeth whitening.

Contents: What is Teeth Whitening? | Types of Whitening | Purpose | Procedure | Appointment | FAQ

What is Teeth Whitening?

Teeth whitening is the process of removing stains from teeth and adding brightness to your smile.

What in-house teeth whitening options are available?

Advances in contemporary dentistry provide you with a multitude of treatment alternatives.

  • Over-the-Counter Methods – These are the cheapest ways to restore your tooth’s brightness, however, their efficacy is significantly less assured. These include the following:
  • Pre-made Whitening Trays – Teeth whitening sets are available off the shelf and contain carbamide peroxide. The material is placed in racks and applied to the teeth directly. The usual one-size-fits-all panels may not feel quite correct and the chemicals can leak and harm other sections of the mouth, especially the gums.
  • Toothpaste – Over-the-counter tubes of toothpaste do not employ extra bleaching chemicals, for example, hydrogen peroxide. The enamel surface is cleaned with a moderate abrasive which can make your teeth sensitive and prone to more staining.
  • Gels – The effect of a particular gel depends on how often and the individual strength you have to utilize them.
  • Strips – Strips are thin plastic strips coated with light carbamide peroxide. You stick these onto the teeth that need to be cleaned.
  • Rinses – Special mouthwashes are used just like the average antibacterial mouthwash. These contain small quantities of peroxide. Since the peroxide has almost no time to take effect, rinses are not as effective as other methods.
  • Customized Take-Home Kits – Professional home kits are one of the top options for teeth whitening. Your dentist will offer you individually designed trays that fit nicely on your teeth. Fill them with the accompanying gel and wear them. This gel contains carbamide peroxide, an in-office replacement that utilizes directly hydrogen peroxide, slower and less. However, this approach is not better than an in-office process.

It is important to note that whitening treatments can create temporary tooth sensitivity.

In-Office Whitening Procedure

The greatest results are obtained using Chair side Zoom in-office whitening. You can get your teeth whitened Zoom Whitening can give you results that are up to eight shades lighter in one single one-hour visit. The Zoom system activates the gel and penetrates the tooth surface fully. At Oral Health Center, Chair side and Take-home whitening can be combined for more enhanced and longer-lasting results.

Zoom Whitening @ Oral Health Center

It takes less than an hour, but it is recommended to get a comprehensive exam to make sure Zoom whitening is a good fit for you.

The treatment begins with a brief preparation to cover the lips and gums and expose the teeth.

Zoom hydrogen peroxide whitening gel will be used by a dentist. This gel works with Zoom light for better absorption by the teeth and for lightening or completely removing stains.

When the light is triggered, the gel will remain there for 15 minutes. Feel free to watch TV, listen to music, or simply relax.

Every three 15-minute light activation sessions, the gel is administered. The entire duration of therapy is 45 minutes.

Fluoride paste gel that reduces sensitivity is then applied to the teeth.

More on Zoom Whitening.

Nite White Teeth Whitening

Just two office visits are needed to begin using this treatment, but the results are incredible. During the first visit, impressions will be taken of the patient’s teeth and bite. From the impressions, we will create custom, gel-holding trays that are customized to fit your teeth. At the next visit, the patient will be fitted with the trays and given a Nite White take-home kit, which includes whitening gel to be used with the custom trays. The patient will wear them overnight or during the day for about two weeks.

Zoom Chairside System and Nite White Combined

For those with very severe staining, the combination of Zoom Chairside System along with Nite White delivers the greatest results and whiter teeth in the shortest amount of time. Zoom whitening works faster and provides better outcomes than over-the-counter products.

How long will my teeth whitening teeth last?

It depends on several variables on how long teeth whitening will last. The efficacy of the therapy is affected by your habits, lifestyle, and the kind of whitening of the teeth utilized. We recommend that you have booster treatment every six months if you choose to do take-home whitening trays.

Can I Whiten my Teeth with Dentures, Crowns, Braces & During Pregnancy?

  • With Dentures and Crowns – You are advised to have a whitening of the teeth before receiving dentures and crowns and before restoring dental Implants.
  • With Braces – You can always get teeth whitening after orthodontic treatment to enhance your new smile. Different techniques affect braces differently: Clear aligners and Invisalign® have no issues. Take-home whitening trays created by one of our dentists fit your braces comfortably.
  • With Pregnancy-We do not recommend teeth whitening during pregnancy.


Once your teeth are whitened, you must be wondering how to keep the results lasting longer.

This is what you need to know.

  • Avoid Tobacco – Tobacco will stain your teeth in any form – smoking or chewing.
  • Drinks that can stain your teeth-  Carbonated colored drinks, tea, coffee, red wine
  • Foods that can stain your teeth- Condiments like mustard, ketchup, Red Sauces, Soy Sauce, Steak Sauce    Food: Berries, Red Meat (Steak or Hamburger)                                                                                                    Toothpaste: Colored toothpaste (Would suggest using Sensodyne toothpaste)                                                              Mouth rinse: Colored Mouthwash, Fluoride treatment, Chlorohexidine
  • Post-operative sensitivity
    Some patients experience sensitivity such as “zingers” or thermal sensitivity 12 to 24 hours after Zoom!
    Whitening and during at-home whitening. Here are things you can do to help relieve this sensitivity:
    • Place Relief ACP gel on the problem area in the take-home trays and seat them over the teeth you could do this before or after the bleaching session.
    • Take over-the-counter pain relievers such as Advil or Tylenol
    • Brushing your teeth with Sensodyne toothpaste.
    • Drink plenty of water

Teeth whitening service near me

Let us give you a new brighter smile and an excellent experience at Oral Health Center in Westerville, OH. We are just ten minutes from New Albany, and nearby Gahanna. Schedule an appointment with us today.

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FAQs to fix tooth discoloration

Do teeth whiteners work?

Yes, teeth with professional bleaching on the chairside or with a dentist's in-home kit are extremely efficient. Over-the-counter treatments can be helpful as well.

Is teeth whitening permanent?

No, this isn't continuous. They can typically develop further stains and become discolored over a longer period of eating and drinking.