Teeth Whitening


Tooth whitening is becoming more and more popular every day, as it’s a quick and easy way of making your smile whiter than ever. Bleaching can be used to brighten up discolorations or stains, or simply to enhance a smile that’s begun to dim. Lastly, tooth whitening is safe and painless! What’s not to love?

What Methods Are Used To Whiten Teeth?

Longmont Dental & Orthodontics currently offers two methods of whitening: in-office whitening and at-home tray whitening. ZOOM! Is the in-office whitening method and this is the procedure recommended if your want immediate results. The entire process should only take about an hour and consists of three steps – First, a protective gel is applied to your gums to keep them from being damaged by the chemicals. Next, a light-activated gel is applied to your teeth and a light is used to speed up the reaction of the gel. Lastly, you’ll receive a take-home gel and instructions on how to keep your smile bright and beautiful. The result is a dramatically brighter smile that will last for years.

Tray whitening is a much more gradual process, but it does have the upside of being a less-expensive and convenient, at-home whitening treatment. At our office, a mold of your teeth will be taken. This mold will be sent to a dental lab, which will create a customized tray. Your tray will be ready within a few days and, when you come to pick it up, you’ll also be provided with a gel and instructions on how to apply the gel in the tray and how often to use it. At the end of the treatment period, you’ll have achieved a dazzling smile!

There’s no doubt that teeth whitening is effective, but it’s not the right choice for everyone. Please discuss any over-the-counter tooth-whitening product with Dr. Renee Shepherd before you use it, as there are conditions that will preclude you from being an ideal whitening candidate.

Conditions That May Preclude You From Receiving A Teeth Whitening

  • Tooth decay
  • Infection of the gums
  • Sensitive teeth
  • White spots on the teeth
  • Certain types of dental work, including crowns and bridges

If you’re interested in a tooth whitening procedure or would like some more information, please call Longmont Dental & Orthodontics, located in Longmont, Colorado!