Teeth Whitening Procedures

Teeth whitening comes in many shapes and forms, and individuals who would like to have a white, glistening, spotless set of teeth have several options to choose from. Some of those options are more for regular whitening maintenaince, which takes a bit of time to show results, and some are more drastic, which can produce results in a single session of whitening. There are also some technologically advanced whitening methods, which produce great results without damaging your teeth.

Take-Home Whitening Trays

There are two types of Teeth whitening methods. One which the person can perform themselves, and another which only a trained  dentist is qualified to do. While the second kind can also be done at home, given the person doing it has sufficient resources, it is not advised to try advanced procedures on your own!

Take-home whitening trays are an example of the former type of teeth whitening, and it is easy to see why, judging just by the name. They are a treatment that you can perform in the comfort of your own home, according to the instructions of our dentist however.

What are Take-home Whitening Trays

These trays are fittings that go over your teeth, and whiten them through a special gel that they are coated with on the inside. They are customized trays made specifically for you, and filled with a hydrogen peroxide based gel, which brightens up the upper layer of the teeth, making them look visibly brighter.

These trays, once made, can then be taken home with them in the form of a teeth whitening kit, and applied for a certain time period, as recommended by our dentist. The time period for which they are applied can vary according to your needs.

How do Take-home Whitening Trays Work

Custom whitening trays are a cover for your teeth which is made after taking an impression of your dental arrangement. They are usually made of a clear plastic, and are perfectly aligned with your teeth. Just before handing them to you, our dentist will insert a small dollop of gel into each little reservoir, lending the trays their whitening properties.

The whitening trays are filled with a gel that consists of a hydrogen peroxide solution, which basically bleaches the teeth, when it comes in contact with the enamel.

These trays are then placed on the teeth for a certain number of time, which, as mentioned, can vary along with your needs.

After they have been left on the teeth, they are taken off, cleaned with a q-tip or any other cloth, and rinsed. This makes them ready to be used again. It is not recommended to use them for at least another day, after each application.

These whitening trays are worn on the teeth for several hours a day, for as many days as it takes to sufficiently whiten the teeth and show results.


Zoom is a bleaching process widely used to lighten discoloration of enamel and dentin. Tooth discoloration may result from drinking coffee, tea, cola and red wine, or from smoking. The aging process also can stain and darken your teeth. The Zoom in-office tooth whitening procedure uses the Zoom Advanced Power Chairside Lamp – to accelerate the bleaching process – to activate the 25 percent hydrogen peroxide whitening gel. As the hydrogen peroxide is broken down, oxygen enters the enamel and dentin to bleach the stained substances, leaving the structure of the tooth unchanged.

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If you are looking for effective and efficient teeth whitening procedures in Quincy, Illinois with stringent quality standards and a proven track record, consult with AA Dental Care. Not only does AA Dental Care perform the highest quality and safest teeth whitening procedures in Quincy, Illinois, we also ensure that our patients are well looked after and fully satisfied with each treatment.