Professional Teeth Whitening in Gig Harbor

Has your smile lost its glow? At SoundBridge Dental Arts, we provide a variety of cosmetic dental services including teeth whitening. Teeth whitening is a simple and effective way to enhance the shine of your natural smile by removing stains and discoloration.

At-home whitening treatments are messy and time-consuming, but our professional teeth whitening procedure is completed in a single office visit by Drs. Bloomquist and Iregui. Professional teeth whitening produces dramatic results that you just won’t find in over-the-counter remedies.

The easiest way to find out if you can benefit from professional teeth whitening is to contact our office and talk with a member of our friendly staff. They’ll discuss your treatment options and ensure you get the appropriate care.

What to Expect with Whitening

Teeth whitening at SoundBridge Dental Arts is a straightforward procedure that’s completed in one visit.

Before your treatment begins, Drs. Bloomquist and Iregui will perform an oral exam and study your medical history, which is essential to decide if teeth whitening is an appropriate treatment for you.

Once they’ve determined that you’re a good candidate, you can start your whitening procedure. The treatment begins with Drs. Bloomquist or Iregui placing a device in your mouth that separates your lips from your teeth. From there, the whitening solution is applied directly to your teeth. The entire treatment takes about 30 to 60 minutes to complete.

Who Shouldn’t Get Teeth Whitening?

In the following situations, whitening treatments are either ill-advised or not allowed:

  • Gum disease, cavities, and worn enamel – Patients with gum disease, cavities, or weakened enamel are usually discouraged from receiving whitening treatment until their condition has is resolved. Whitening material can power through existing decay and the inner areas of the tooth, which would cause sensitivity.
  • Very dark, stained teeth – Teeth with a yellow tint are affected by whitening the most. The darker the stain is, the less likely they will react to whitening treatment. Don’t worry if the stains on your teeth are too dark for whitening—we provide alternative treatment options such as veneerscrowns, or dental bonding.
  • Pregnancy & age – Whitening treatment is ill-advised for children under the age of 16 because the tooth’s root is enlarged until their teeth are fully developed. Whitening material could irritate the nerve and cause sensitivity. Also, teeth whitening isn’t appropriate for women who are pregnant or lactating because of the adverse effects it could have on the child.
  • Fillings, crowns, and alternative restorations – Fillings and the composite resin material generally used for crowns, veneers, and bonding doesn’t whiten. Consequently, attempting to whiten restored teeth will result in blotchy or uneven coloring. Any whitening procedures need to be completed before restoration procedures.

How Long Does Whitening Last?

Professional teeth whitening is not a permanent color restoration and will fade over time. Fortunately, you can always visit our office for another whitening procedure.