Teeth Whitening

Having a beautiful smile may be even easier than you think and many people achieve the look they’ve been dreaming of just by whitening their teeth! 

  • More than 85% of the population would like whiter teeth
  • 9 out of 10 people agree that an attractive smile is an important asset
  • 96% of adults believe an attractive smile makes people more attractive to the other sex
  • Over the past 2 decades, teeth whitening has become one of the most popular esthetic dental treatments.
  • Teeth whitening is the single, most economical way to enhance your smile

What can cause tooth discoloration?

There are many causes. The most common include aging and consumption of staining substances such as coffee, tea or tobacco. During tooth formation consumption of tetracycline, certain antibiotics or excessive fluoride may also cause tooth discoloration.

Who may benefit from tooth whitening?

Just about anyone can benefit from tooth whitening. However, treatment may not be as effective for some as it is for others. With an oral exam, Dr. Palermo, Dr. Malatesta, Dr. Valerio, Dr. Molisani, Dr. Geminiani, Dr. Goodyear or Dr. White can determine if you are a candidate for this procedure, including a shade assessment.

Is tooth whitening becoming more popular?

Absolutely! A bright, beautiful smile can make a big difference. Todays materials make it easier and faster than ever before.

Is tooth whitening safe?

Yes, research and clinical studies indicate that whitening teeth under the supervision of a dentist is safe. In fact, many dentists consider whitening the safest cosmetic dental procedure available. Whitening can be recommended for just about anyone. It is not recommended for children under 13 years of age and pregnant or lactating women.

Are there any side effects?

Some people experience temporary increased tooth sensitivity to cold during treatment. These symptoms disappear within 1-3 days after interruption or completion of the treatment. We recommend that you use a sensitivity tooth paste for 2 weeks prior to starting any whitening regimen to help lessen any possible sensitivity.

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 discolorations that can be caused by staining, aging, or chemical damage to teeth. Using the latest in bleaching technology, we can offer safe methods 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.

There are several different ways to whiten your teeth and the doctors at Cornerstone Dental LLP can help you choose what is best for you.

For optimal results, it is best to begin any whitening regimen after a thorough hygiene appointment. Please consult with us before starting any whitening treatment as it is best to whiten under the direct supervision of a dentist.


There are many commercial products available that can help refresh the look of your teeth. These products may whiten your teeth on average of up to 3 shades*. Please follow the instructions on the product label.

Custom Whitening:

Custom whitening is individualized to your specific needs. Depending on the severity of the discoloration of your teeth, our doctors may discuss with you Custom Tray Whitening or Zoom! In-Office Whitening. These options can whiten your teeth anywhere from 3-8 shades*.

When your teeth reach the desired brightness, only occasional treatment is needed to maintain your new smile.

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

*Do the results last a long time?

There is no guarantee to what extent your teeth may whiten or for how long it may last, but by following some simple post whitening care instructions, your teeth will almost always be lighter than they were before. We recommend flossing and brushing twice daily with a whitening toothpaste, and touch-ups with take-home gel placed in custom trays. These are professional formula products designed specifically to keep your teeth their brightest. They are available through our office.

Considerations for Teeth Whitening

Over-the-counter bleaching agents are available for purchase at drug stores and pharmacies. However, since all whitening products can cause harm to the gums and teeth, its best to whiten under the supervision of a dentist and it’s better to use products that our practice recommends. Whitening can harm the teeth and gums when done improperly or when done too much.