Teeth Whitening


We offer a variety of long-lasting whitening treatments in our office. Our whitening options differ from over-the-counter products purchased at the store in that they penetrate the tooth layers for internal whitening.

The whitening toothpaste, strips and paint on applications that are brought over-the-counter at the store are basically peroxide based, which will dry the tooth and remove external stains. This gives the illusion of a whiter color for a short time. The effects are only a minimal change to the color of the teeth. The types of bleaching offered by dental offices are stronger materials that will penetrate the layers of the teeth and result in teeth that are whiter shades with a longer lasting color.

Types of Whitening   |   FAQ

Types of Whitening

Boost Whitening – In-office Bleaching

Boost is the most effective way to whiter teeth! It is a procedure that is completed entirely in the office. The teeth are isolated using gauze, a special type of gum protecting liquid and lip and tongue retractors. The bleaching material is then applied to the teeth. There are three 20 minute applications – all done consecutively. The entire process is complete in about an hour. Please set aside an hour and 45 minutes from your schedule for this procedure. At the end of this procedure, you will have your whitest smile and with proper care your smile will sparkle for years. Visit the Boost website for more information.

Opalescence PF – Take-home Whitening Trays and Gel

Using Opalescence PF, you can obtain a whiter, brighter smile in the comfort of your own home. We will get impressions of your teeth and then make whitening trays just for you. The whitening gel comes in an assortment of concentrations for different wear times. You will wear your trays with the gel 2-4 hours a day. This should be done after meals. You should avoid staining foods for several hours after the trays are removed. The ideal is to do this after your last meal of the day. Some patients prefer to simply sleep in the trays, which is fine to do as well. Visit the Opalescence PF website for more information.

Sinsational – In-office Whitening

This process uses LED lighting in combination with a formulated whitening gel. The procedure takes only 20 minutes and will lighten your teeth substantially. It is much more effective than over-the-counter products and is a perfect choice for those who would like a whiter smile without having to use take-home trays or strips. Your Sinsational kit also includes a whitening pen for take-home that can be utilized for daily/weekly touch-ups. This is also a good starting place should you later decide to step up to Boost whitening. Sinsational is perfect for our busy clients and if possible, we can even offer you a visit right after your hygiene/cleaning appointment. Visit the Sinsational website for more information.

Ready to Go Tray Whitening

This product is used at home and requires NO impressions. It is comparable to cover over-the-counter products but differs mainly due to its strength, which allows for better whitening results. And, also by its delivery system – which is via easily conformed trays that adapt to teeth better and allow one tray for the entire upper arch and one for the lower arch. This is a fabulous alternative to over-the-counter whitening strips and is known for ease in application, along with its good results. The trays are worn for 15-20 minutes per day.

Advantages of this procedure:

  • This treatment can be completed one time a day for up to 10 days.
  • Results are noticeable after just three days.
  • Each disposable tray you will wear will be pre-filled with a mint flavored whitening gel.
  • The tray material is ultra-thin and molds securely around each tooth for extreme comfort and complete coverage.
  • The upper and lower trays are sized differently so that they fit properly.

Frequently Asked Questions about Tooth Whitening

1. Will my fillings bleach or change color?

No! White and silver fillings and any crowns will not change color. Unfortunately, if you have fillings or crowns on your front teeth, after tooth whitening they will remain their original color and thus appear darker than your newly whitened natural teeth. You will likely want to replace those fillings or crowns to then match your new whiter shade. This is an additional cost to consider.

2. What side effects will I have?

The most common side effect is sensitivity to temperatures, especially cold during the whitening process and for a short time after. This is reversible and will go away in a short time. Those with extremely sensitive teeth prior to whitening can expect more significant sensitivity during and after whitening, however. There are many products, both over-the-counter and prescription that can help to reduce sensitivity should it occur. Products can be used prior to and directly after whitening. We would be happy to discuss all options regarding sensitivity with you in more detail if the need arises. Please ask us.

3. Can I use other whitening products?

You can use whitening toothpaste and rinses after whitening with office materials. These will help reduce stains that occur from daily food and beverages. You should not need to use any additional types of whitening strips or product after initial whitening. However, some patients do choose to use those as adjuncts once a year as a touch-up; removing deeper stain and the color change from natural aging.

4. Will I need to touch-up or repeat the bleaching?

As we age, our teeth will darken slightly each year. That coupled with the normal food stains from eating and drinking (especially coffee and tea), will darken even teeth that have professional whitening. It is recommended for both office procedures we offer that the patient “touch-up” periodically. Each patient differs in how often that touch-up is required. The average touch-up is needed every 1-2 years. It is done by purchasing a touch-up whitening gel kit from our office and using the original trays that were provided to you during the whitening procedure. Touch-ups are completed at home and only used for 1-3 nights. Note that touch-up kits are an additional fee, but are comparable to over-the-counter strip costs and are stronger prescription strength, thus more effective.

5. Will my insurance cover the costs of whitening?

No. Insurances will not cover cosmetic care. Certain HSA and flex plans will allow you to utilize that money toward whitening (check your HSA or flex policy for exclusions however). We do have several financing options available as well, to make whitening affordable. Please ask for details.

Kandy S. Sayrs, D.D.S., P.C.

  • Kandy S. Sayrs, DDS - 1865 N. Henderson St., Suite 9, Galesburg, IL 61401 Phone: 309-342-4144 Fax: 309-344-1637

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