Teeth whitening can brighten your smile several shades, erasing years of stains and yellowing in as little as one appointment or in just a few weeks with take-home whitening. Whiter teeth tend to make patients look younger and feel more confident about their smiles. A simple teeth whitening treatment at our Tigard office may be all you need to dramatically improve the appearance of your smile.


Your teeth have pores, just like a sponge, which causes them to absorb stains.

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How at-home teeth whitening works


At your consultation, you’ll discuss your needs with Dr. Henderson. If teeth whitening isn’t right for your situation, your Tigard dentist can provide alternatives for you. But if teeth whitening is the best option, they will provide a treatment plan that allows you to achieve your desired level of brightness.


To start your at-home teeth whitening treatment, your dentist will take impressions of your teeth using dental trays and putty. These impressions will be sent to a dental lab, where a set of reusable, durable custom whitening trays will be built for your teeth.


Once your custom trays have been built, you’ll come back into our Tigard office to get your trays from your dentist, as well as a set of whitening products and instructions on how to use your whitening trays. Then, you’ll simply follow these instructions and whiten your teeth in the comfort of your own home.


Take-Home Whitening

In take-home whitening, you can treat your teeth stains and discoloration in the comfort of your own home with a set of reusable trays and professional whitening products. Choosing take-home whitening has a number of different benefits. You can avoid spending too much time in the dentist’s office, and you will be able to whiten your teeth on your own schedule.

In addition, take-home whitening is more gradual and gentle, which makes it a good option if you have sensitive teeth and want to make sure you do not experience any discomfort. Because it offers more gradual results, it’s also less obvious that you have had your teeth whitened, which some patients prefer.

gs are usually enough to maintain most minor-to-moderate cases of gum disease. 

In-Office Whitening

In-office whitening is done in a dental office by your Tigard dentist, and provides fast, professional-grade results. It’s typically recommended if you want to whiten your teeth quickly for a special occasion, such as a wedding, presentation, or event.

In the procedure, your dentist will apply a powerful whitener to your teeth and activate it with a UV light, then rinse it away. This process may be repeated several times to achieve your desired level of whiteness.

UV Whitening

UV (ultraviolet) whitening is used as part of the in-office whitening procedure, and involves the use of an ultraviolet light that helps activate and excite the peroxide molecules used in teeth whitening products. By doing so, UV whitening helps speed up the process of whitening, and provides you with a brighter smile.

Chemical Whitening


All commonly-used and approved teeth whitening products use chemical whitening agents known as “peroxides.” The two most frequently used chemical compounds are carbamide peroxide and hydrogen peroxide.

These chemicals whiten your teeth at a molecular level by destroying and removing stains. Peroxides contain highly-volatile oxygen molecules that react strongly to the presence of surface stains. When they contact stains, peroxides break the bonds that hold them in place on your teeth, and “bleach” them away from your teeth, leaving behind natural, bright enamel.


Sensitivity  after whitening is normal, but should subside within a few days. 

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Dental work, like crowns, bridges and veneers, cannot be whitened.

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