Teeth Whitening

Dental bleaching can be used to correct tooth discoloration. Discolorations can be caused by staining, aging, or chemical damage to teeth. Using the latest in bleaching technology, we can offer a safe method for creating a beautiful “brilliant” smile. In cases of extreme tooth discoloration, crowns or veneers may be the only choice, but because of the low cost of bleaching treatments, bleaching is nearly always worth a solid try.

How is teeth whitening done?

Teeth whitening is done using different combinations and strengths of hydrogen peroxide, carbamide peroxide, potassium nitrate, and fluoride. The strength of the formula determines the length of time that it needs to be on the teeth. The active ingredients in Opalescence™ teeth whitening gels pass into your teeth to oxidize the discolored molecules deep down in your teeth, removing stains and whitening your smile. 

Tooth sensitivity is a relatively common side effect of teeth whitening. No harm is caused to your tooth as a result of a whitening treatment, and this discomfort is not an indication of damage to your tooth. If sensitivity occurs, it is most often temporary and will go away when you’ve completed the whitening process. If you do experience tooth sensitivity, there are ways to treat it using desensitizing toothpastes and gels. Consult with your Dr. Taylor to determine the best treatment for your needs.

If you are pregnant, breastfeeding, or undergoing fertility treatments do not use whitening products. 

Haven Dental offers a variety of teeth whitening options: 

Express White HD

10 pre-made disposable trays (Opalescence Go Trays). 

Wear 1 set of trays for 15-20 minutes, for 10 days, No dental appointment necessary!


Infinity White HD

We will fit you for and create custom whitening trays (2 appointments needed). You will receive 2 vials of opalescence bleaching solution with your trays. You will wear these daily for about 15 minutes (depending on the strength of the bleaching solution)  for a gradual whitening until you achieve your desired shade. Then at regular cleaning appointments every 6 months you will receive a vial of bleaching solution at no additional charge FOR LIFE!


Professional White HD 

We will fit you for and create custom whitening trays, and you are automatically entered into our Infinity White program (mentioned above). Then you come to the office for our professional whitening treatment (Opalescence Boost). You will have two to three 20 minute applications performed by one of our trained professionals (2 appointments needed) . Your teeth will be several shades brighter immediately!


Infinity Whitening Instructions:

1. Express one continuous bead of teeth whitening gel (about 1/3 to 1/2 of the syringe) into the trays.

2. Place teeth whitening tray over teeth. Gently press the tray to move teeth whitening gel into place. Pressing too firmly will force gel out of the tray. Wear times will vary (see chart below). 

3. Remove excess teeth whitening gel from gums using a soft toothbrush. 

4. Clean teeth whitening tray with a soft toothbrush and warm water. Store trays in the case that came with your kit. 

Does we use a light for our whitening system?

Lots of other in-office whitening treatments use an LED light or a laser during the whitening process. You’ve probably seen commercials for these kinds of teeth whiteners. Or maybe you’ve even seen kiosks in the mall where they use a light to whiten your teeth. Current research shows that only hydrogen peroxide (the whitening agent used in Opalescence™ Boost in-office whitening and Opalescence Go™ tray whitening) or carbamide peroxide (the whitening agent used in Opalescence™ PF custom-tray whitening) are effective in whitening teeth. Light activation adds no additional benefit.8 In fact, some research shows that using a light for whitening can be harmful to lips and gums.9

Opalescence 10%

8-10 hours (day or night)

Opalescence 15%

8-10 hours (day or night)

Opalescence 20%

4-6 hours (day)

Opalescence 35%

30-60 minutes

Opalescence 45%

15-30 minutes