In-Office Or At-Home Teeth Whitening?

Discoloration can lead to embarrassment. However, instead of hiding your smile or opting for store bought solutions, why not talk to our Gary, IN dental team? We have professional cosmetic solutions for removing discoloration. In today’s blog, we’ll talk about whether our in-office or at-home teeth whitening options are right for you!

Why are My Teeth Stained?

What causes teeth stains to form in the first place? First, the foods and drinks we consume could impact the brightness of our smiles. Drinks with dark pigments, such as soda, red wine, coffee, tea, and fruit juice, often leave behind discoloration. Foods and beverages high in sugar promote plaque buildup, which leads to stains appearing on your teeth. Likewise, poor oral hygiene and smoking could all cause unsightly stains to begin appearing on your teeth. Over time, the severity will only grow, so you may need cosmetic treatment to start fresh with a brighter smile!

In-Office Teeth Whitening

We have an option to remove stains in a single visit! In fact, our in-office whitening option often removes stains in as little as one to two hours. We begin by placing a protective covering over the lips and gums. Next, we apply the bleaching gel to the teeth and activate it using a curing light. The gel then breaks up the stains on the teeth, offering a brighter smile. For those in need of fast results, especially if they have an upcoming wedding or special event, we may suggest our in-office option.

At-Home Teeth Whitening

We also have a system you can use from home, which is great for those with more severe stains or tooth sensitivity. We will send you home with a custom-made set of trays and a bleaching gel. Then, you will fill the trays and wear them for between 30 and 45 minutes a day. After one to two weeks, your smile could be brightened by multiple shades. Following treatment, you can keep the trays and gel for touch-ups down the road.

Keeping Your Teeth Bright

We have a few tips for keeping your smile brighter for longer periods. For example, be sure you’re brushing your teeth twice daily and flossing every night before bed. You should cut back on sugary foods and drinks, and make time to see us every six months for a thorough dental cleaning, which removes plaque buildup. If you have any questions about our cosmetic treatments or keeping your smile bright, then contact our team today.

Looking for a Brighter Smile?

If you want a brighter smile, then talk to us about our professional teeth whitening treatment options. To schedule an appointment with your dentist, contact Healthy Smiles in Gary, IN, by calling 219-938-2637, or by emailing our office at We also proudly serve the residents of Gary, Miller, Miller Beach, and all surrounding communities.