Tooth Whitening

1 May 2017
Cosmetic Dentistry - Dental care - Dental Procedures

One of the most common cosmetic dentistry related-inquiries are about whitening teeth – people are always searching for ways to make their smiles brighter! In this post, we will discuss the tooth whitening options that we recommend at Hartnett Dental.

Why is Tooth Whitening Needed?

The outer layer of a tooth is called the enamel. The thickness and smoothness of enamel impacts how light is reflected off the teeth, which changes the color of them. Also affecting the color are stains held in the pores of the enamel. Every day things that we drink, such coffee, tea, and soda, can cause these stains as well as tobacco. Tooth whitening can only remove these surface stains, not those that are in tooth caused by things like fluoride, antibiotics, and beyond.

Tooth Whitening Options

There are numerous ways to whiten teeth. They include over-the-counter options, but professional-strength whitening is the most effective option. At Hartnett Dental, we recommend professional-grade Crest White Strips as well as Custom Take Home Trays.


  • Professional-Grade Crest White Strips This is the most popular option among our patients. These strips are stronger and more powerful than over-the-counter products, which means they are more effective. The strips are comfortable and disposable after each use.
  • Custom Take Home Trays This is likely the treatment that has been most used since tooth whitening became an option. The process involves us making impressions and models of your teeth to create a clear plastic tray that fits perfectly. You are given syringes of whitening gel to place in your trays, which you need to wear for an hour every day. One of the greatest benefits of having these trays is that when you run out of gel, you only need to purchase more gel-syringes-not a whole new set of custom trays.


To set-up an appointment to discuss professional teeth whitening service at Hartnett Dental, contact us today at 716-649-6633.