Teeth Whitening in Albuquerque

How Does Teeth Whitening Work?

Teeth whitening contains hydrogen peroxide as an active ingredient in whitening gels that are applied to your teeth. Oxygen molecules in this gel increase porosity so they can penetrate past the upper layer of enamel and break down intrinsic tooth stains. 

Oxygen molecules are volatile and react with these compounds to break apart staining molecules. This reduces the concentration of stains in your teeth, creating a brighter appearance. At Coronado Family Dental, we offer multiple whitening treatment options for your convenience. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.

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The lower peroxide concentration in take-home whitening reduces tooth sensitivity after the treatment.

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How It Works: The Teeth Whitening Process

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Dr. Chiem will examine your teeth to determine how discolored they are and rule out any oral health problems with x-rays.

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Treatment Plan

Dr. Chiem will have an open and honest discussion with you about your aesthetic goals, whether you have tooth sensitivity, and if you prefer to whiten your teeth from home or at the office.

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In preparation for at-home treatment impressions of your teeth need to be taken. For in-office treatment, you will wear a cheek protractor and a protective gel will stop the peroxide from touching your gums.

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At home, you will squirt the whitening agent onto the inside of your trays and place the trays over your teeth. In the office, the dentist will apply the whitening agent for you by painting it onto your teeth and then exposing it to UV light.

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The results can last from 6 months to 3 years depending on how your care for your teeth. Dr. Chiem will give you tips on how to maintain your whitened smile and what to avoid.

Teeth Whitening Options

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Banish discoloration and stains from the comfort of your own home! We only need you to pop in for a super short 15-minute appointment to take impressions of your teeth. These impressions will be used as a mold to create your custom whitening trays. This prevents the gel from touching your gums.

Once they’re ready, you can pick them up and begin treatment on your own terms. Take-home whitening involves using a lower concentration of peroxide which is why it takes repeated use to achieve the same results as in-office whitening. 

Simply apply the gel to your trays, wear them over your teeth for the instructed duration of time, and then remove them. It takes 1 to 2 weeks to reach your final results. Your teeth will gradually whiten more each day.


Don’t have the time for a gradual, ongoing process? In-office whitening is done in a fast appointment in the dental chair. After protecting your mouth’s tissues, the light-activated whitening gel is applied directly to your teeth. 

Exposing the whitening agent to UV light speeds up the reaction process, resulting in instant whitening. After your appointment, which only takes about an hour, your teeth will be drastically whiter, up to 10 shades after just one appointment! We recommend this treatment for special events or photos that are coming up soon.