Kirkland Dentistry - Family & Cosmetic Care - A Beaverton/Hillsboro General Dentist

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Tooth Whitening

Modern tooth whitening solutions can dramatically whiten your smile - at home or in-office!

The problem:

  • Dull, yellow, or stained teeth
  • Teeth stained from aging

The solution:

Thin, comfortable plastic whitening trays will be made from models of your teeth. At home you will place a whitening gel in each tray and wear the trays in your mouth for one to two hours per day. (Many patients wear their trays after dinner and before bed.) A significant change in tooth color is usually seen in just three to four days, and in seven to ten days treatment is usually complete. If after several months a "touch-up"is desired, it can be done at home in one or two applications using the same process.


Modern tooth whitening systems are highly effective, safe, and have dramatic results. Many celebrities consistently whiten their teeth to improve their appearance.


Occasionally, patients may experience minor gum or tooth sensitivity when whitening. These symptoms usually subside quickly when whitening is discontinued.


Accelerated whitening (done in our practice also) is another option for some patients. This process can result in whiter, brighter teeth in just a one-hour office visit. Please consult with Dr. Kirkland to see if this procedure is appropriate for you.

Occasionally, teeth may be stained in a way that limits the effectiveness of tooth whitening. In these instances, porcelain laminates or crowns are an excellent alternative.