Teeth whitening is the process by which discoloration and stains are removed from teeth, resulting in a whiter, more luminous smile. Teeth whitening is the most popular procedure in cosmetic dentistry.

Teeth may be cleaned with active ingredients to brighten teeth beyond their natural color. A variety of teeth whitening products and services allow you to select a whitening method that best fits your dental needs, budget and time frame. No teeth whitening procedure provides a permanent solution. Touch-ups are needed to ensure a bright smile.


Teeth naturally darken over time. Bleach-based products with varying levels of hydrogen peroxide may be required to treat different varieties and degrees of teeth darkening. Tooth color is affected by:

  • Starting color of teeth
  • Translucency and thinness of teeth enamel
  • Water supply containing minerals
  • Consumption of certain medications, chemicals or foods/beverages
  • Wearing down of enamel due to aging

Anyone suffering from teeth darkening who wants to turn their smile into an asset is a candidate for teeth whitening. You should consult your dentist before starting any whitening regimen.

Treatment Options

  • One hour in-office whitening procedures
  • Dentist provided at-home whitening systems
  • Over-the-counter whitening systems


  • Brightened smile
  • Improves self-esteem and confidence
  • Results noticeable to others
  • Little or no pain or discomfort