Teeth Whitening

Teeth whitening in our Pleasanton CA dental office.

A dazzling smile with pearly white teeth is often associated with confidence and a youthful appearance. Fortunately, modern dentistry offers several teeth whitening options to help you achieve that radiant smile you’ve always desired. Teeth whitening is a cosmetic dental procedure designed to lighten the shade of natural teeth, removing stains and discoloration caused by various factors, such as aging, certain foods, beverages, smoking, and poor oral hygiene. It is essential to note that teeth whitening is most effective on natural teeth and may not yield the same results on restorations like dental crowns or veneers.

3 proven way to whiten your teeth for a better smile

Two popular methods include take-home whitening trays and in-office whitening treatments.

Option 1: Take Home Whitening Kit

Take Home whitening kits or do-it-yourself (DIY) whitening kits is the most affordable way to get whiten teeth. These DIY whitening kits are designed to be simple to use and has the lowest and safest concentrations of whitening material. The kits often comes with several whitening pens that allows the patient to self-apply the gel on their teeth safely. The best take home whitening kits include a blue LED light that can be used to activate the whitening gel for a whiter, brighter smile. By nature, a do-it-yourself whitening kit will not have any professionals monitoring the results. The Take Home Whitening Kit is best used as way to maintain professional whitening results or those who want whitening improvement for an affordable cost.


  • Best value of whitening for the price
  • Most convenient and flexible as it can be done
  • Better whitening results than whitening strips


  • Will get a modest whitening result
  • May take 1-2 weeks to get a whiter result
  • No professional monitoring of the results

Option 2: Custom Whitening Trays

Custom whitening trays are from taking a professional impressions of your teeth. Your dentist will provide you with a professional-grade whitening gel that contains a lower concentration of hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide when compared to in-office whitening. This makes them making them safe for home use. The trays wrap perfectly around your teeth so you can get a more effective whitening. The duration of treatment varies depending on the level of discoloration, the level of sensitivity, and the desired result. The dentist and patient do have more flexibility to see better results over time. Many patients prefer take-home whitening trays over an in-office whitening experience for its convenience and flexibility


  • Professional whitening at an affordable price
  • Convenient and flexible after the initial appointments
  • Professionally made custom trays


  • May not get the most whitest result immediately
  • Takes a few days to get a whiter result
  • Must coordinate with the dental office to get custom trays made

Option 3: In-Office Whitening Treatment

In-office whitening, also known as chairside whitening, is a teeth whitening procedure performed at the dental office under the supervision of a dentist. It involves the application of a highest concentration of whitening gel on the teeth, often activated by a special light or laser to accelerate the whitening process. In-office whitening treatments usually take about an hour. However, the length of the sessions is often dictated by the patient’s tooth sensitivity, which varies from person to person and is difficult to predict. It is great if the patient is looking for immediate improvement and want to best result possible. Additional sessions can be booked for more whitening or for a maintenance session


  • Get the most whitening in a single session
  • See Immediate Results after a whitening session
  • Professional, spa-like whitening experience


  • May get the most post-session tooth sensitivity
  • Costs
  • Must coordinate with the dental office for each whitening sessions

Teeth whitening is a safe and effective way to enhance your smile and boost your confidence. Both take-home whitening trays and in-office whitening can brighten your teeth, but they differ in application time, whitening concentration, and convenience. Take Custom whitening trays are ideal for those seeking gradual whitening at their own pace, while in-office whitening is perfect for patients who desire immediate and dramatic results. Consult with your dentist to determine the best teeth whitening option tailored to your dental needs and lifestyle, and soon you’ll be flashing a brilliant smile that lights up the room.

Call us for a whitening assessment to see which option is the best for you: (925) 918-6500