Teeth Whitening

Having a beautiful smile may be even easier than you think. Many people achieve the look they’ve been dreaming of with our simple “bleaching” procedure.

What are the details of teeth whitening?

It’s safe, quick, and inexpensive. Just let us know at any appointment if you would like to whiten your teeth. You can lighten only your upper teeth or both the upper and lower, depending on how much you show when you talk and smile.

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?


An impression is taken to make a specialized “mouthguard” or “stent” to hold the bleach against the teeth. In only a day or two your custom bleaching trays will be ready for you to pick up. We provide you with a special bleaching gel that you put into the clear trays. With only 30 minutes to 1 hour of wear per day, for 7-10 days, our special bleaching agent bubbles remove stains right out of your enamel in a very short time without altering tooth structure or existing dental work in any way. When your teeth reach the desired brightness, only occasional treatment is needed to maintain your new smile.

Kit Contents:

  • Four 3.11g syringes
  • Mouth tray storage case
  • Patient Instructions
  • Molds of your teeth (we can re-make the trays from your molds if you lose them)

Product Characteristics:

  • Clinically proven whitening efficacy*
  • Formulated with potassium nitrate and fluoride
  • Available in 7% and 9% hydrogen peroxide formulas (comparable to 20% and 26% carbamide peroxide)
  • Dramatically whiter teeth in 3 days, full results in 7-10*

    Key Benefits of Teeth Whitening

    • Corrects brown, yellow and spotted tooth staining
    • Works on people of any age
    • Is a near-permanent solution for a “dull” smile, restoring brightness and brings a smile alive

Product Benefits:

  • Fast and effective professional-strength whitening, from the comfort of home
  • Easy, 30-minute, once-a-day wear time


Glycerin, water, hydrogen peroxide, carbomer, sodium hydroxide, PVP, flavor, potassium nitrate, sodium saccharin, sodium fluoride, disodium EDTA

*Data on file.

Considerations for Teeth Whitening


In some cases, the change is nothing short of brilliant. For confidence in appearance, bleaching technology allows us to promise improvements in yellowing, aging or stained teeth. For very severely stained teeth, crowns or porcelain veneers may be more appropriate.

Composite fillings and restorations will not be negatively affected or whitened. The kit should be used prior to placement of composites, veneers, and/or crowns, and bridges to allow for proper matching.

Over-the-counter bleaching agents are available for purchase at drug stores and pharmacies. However, since these products can cause harm to the gums and teeth, it’s better to use products that our practice recommends.

If you would like to schedule a FREE consultation for teeth whitening with Encinitas Dentist, Edward B. Coffey, DDS MS – Encinitas Dental Art, please call us at (760) 942-7272.  Hablamos Español.