Failla and DeFrancesco Family Dentistry
976 Main StreetWaltham, MA 02451
Fantasia, Failla and &DeFrancesco Family Dentistry

Teeth Whitening

As a person ages, mineral exposure causes the teeth to gradually darken. Over time, some food, drink, or tobacco products also create unattractive yellowish-brown stains. Less commonly, you may experience discoloration due to some medications or bacterial infections.

We offer several techniques for eliminating discoloration to give you a brighter, more attractive smile. Both are done by you at home. These techniques include:

  • Zoom! Teeth Whitening
  • Tray Bleaching
  • Crest Whitestrips Supreme

Whitening procedures are not a solution for all discoloration (e.g. darkening caused by cavities). Similarly, whitening does not work on all stains. Dr. Failla and Dr. DeFrancesco are committed to helping you choose the best option for your personal situation. Some cases that are not appropriate for whitening procedures can be effectively treated with restorative options.

Whitening Procedures

Zoom! Teeth Whitening

Most often, stains have gotten deep below the outermost layer of the tooth.  Zoom! Whitening uses light treatment to remove the deeply rooted stains and restore your teeth to their natural white color.  Over-the-counter products, such as whitening toothpastes, remove only surface stains. On average, Zoom lightens the shade of your teeth by 8 shades in just one hour.


At-Home Whitening (Bleaching)

With tray bleaching, your dentist will fit a tray to your bite, and provide you with a mild whitening gel. Over a course of weeks or months, you regularly apply the gel to your teeth using the tray.

In rare instances, some patients experience gum sensitivity or discomfort in response to the gel.


Crest Whitestrips Supreme

Crest Whitestrips Supreme is not the same product that you can but at your local pharmacy. It has a higher percentage of whitening product, and can be recommended at your dentist’s discretion. 

Rather than a tray with gel, whitestrips are sticky strips that adhere directly to the teeth.