Trying Our Professional Teeth Whitening Treatment

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With our custom trays and whitening gel, we can help remove discoloration from your smile. Not only that, but this can limit tooth sensitivity and provide more dramatic results than store bought options! In today’s blog, your Des Moines, IA, dentist talks about our professional approach to brightening smiles.

Starting with an In-Office Treatment

The process begins with an in-office procedure. We will apply a protective coating on the lips and gums, and then place a bleaching gel on the teeth. A light is then used to activate the gel and begin breaking up the stains. We also take images and measurements of your smile to create a set of plastic trays. After this initial visit, we will send you home with the trays and a special bleaching gel! You will then complete your teeth whitening treatment from the comfort of your own home.

At-Home Trays and Gel

When you get home, each day for 30 to 45 minutes you will wear the gel-filled trays. This process continues for about one to two weeks. The trays ensure even results across your teeth, and also prevents the gel from being diluted. As a result, after seven to ten days you could see teeth brightened by up to eight shades! The trays and gel can then be used for any touch-ups in the months to come, helping you maintain a bright and beautiful smile. If you have permanent teeth stains, the kind that form beneath the outer enamel, we may offer dental bonding or porcelain veneers to mask the discoloration. No matter how severe, we can help you enjoy a shining new smile.

Keeping Your Teeth Bright

Often, the same steps you take to ensure good oral health also help your teeth stay bright. For example, you can control plaque with daily brushing and flossing, which fights tooth decay and gum disease, and also helps limit discoloration. Eating healthier foods and cutting back on sugar and starch is helpful too, as is drinking more water instead of tea, red wine, coffee, soda, and other drinks with dark pigments. You should avoid tobacco products too, and also find time to see us for checkups and cleanings every six months as well. If you have any questions about how we fight discoloration and keep smiles bright and stain-free, then contact our team today. We also have other cosmetic treatments, such as porcelain veneers and Invisalign® aligners.


We would love to help you enjoy a brighter and attractive smile with our professional teeth whitening system. If you would like to find out more about our array of cosmetic treatments, contact your Des Moines, IA, dentist, Dr. Burds, by calling 515-244-9565.