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Darr Dejean DDS. and Eric Vondenstein DDS. of Southern Family Dental, Lafayette, LA

In-Office Whitening

In-office bleaching, using the Zoom Whitening system. This procedure is called chairside bleaching and usually requires only one office visit. The dentist will apply either a protective gel to your gums or a rubber shield to protect the oral soft tissues. A bleaching agent is then applied to the teeth, and a special light may be used.

At-Home Whitening

Peroxide-containing whiteners actually bleach the tooth enamel. They typically come in a gel and are placed in a mouthguard. Usage regimens vary. There are potential side effects, such as increased sensitivity or gum irritation. Speak with your dentist if you have any concerns.