For those patients who do not have the time to use the take-home whitening, and would like quicker results, there is the convenience of in-chair whitening.
How does it work?
This process involves the use of a much higher concentration of whitening gel. This gel is carefully applied to isolated dental soft tissues such as the gums, cheeks and lips, with a resin-based, light curable gingival barrier.
This cycle lasts for 15- 20 minutes, with 3-4 repeat applications, with the whole process taking up to one hour. The average shade change per patient can range from 6-8 per treatment.
The downside of this instantaneous whitening procedure is that it is not a gentle and gradual approach to teeth whitening like the take-home whitening procedure. Due to the rapid teeth whitening and desiccation of the teeth, there is usually significant hypersensitivity associated with this procedure.
You may still need to continue with the whitening process with a take-home whitening kit for about seven days. However, due to the quick nature of the whitening process, many patients who need their teeth whitened in a short period of time for a specific major event or function find this the most convenient process, and may tolerate the increased side effects of the in-chair procedure over the slower, more gradual take-home kit.