M. Patrick Pedlar, BSc, DDS, MSD, FRCD(C)
Restoring and Maintaining the Natural Appearance of Teeth
310 Plains Rd E,
Burlington, ON L7T 4J2
(905) 632-1882

Teeth Whitening

There are many products and techniques available for patients who want to achieve a brighter smile, and with so many options available, it can be difficult to choose the method that is right for you. The best way to begin any teeth-whitening regimen is to schedule an appointment and talk to your doctor about the differences between in-office professional whitening and at-home whitening.

In-Office Teeth Whitening

The first professional option is commonly referred to as in-office whitening. This procedure is performed in a dental office. During an appointment, your dental professional will apply a whitening gel to the surface of your teeth. The entire office visit generally takes about 90 minutes and you will be able to see results immediately.

At-Home Teeth Whitening

  • Tray Whitening

Tray bleaching is a type of professional whitening that uses custom-made trays and whitening gel only available through your dentist. The whitening gel is placed in custom-fitted trays that fit perfectly over your teeth. As the peroxide in the gel breaks down, hydroxyradicals help whiten stained teeth. Unlike strips, this process whitens all your natural teeth and may contain ingredients intended to provide maximum comfort. At-home professional tray whitening generally takes ten to 14 days, although you may notice results in as little as three to five days.

  • Paint-On Teeth Whiteners

There are many over-the-counter teeth whitening options, and one type of readily accessible whitening products is commonly referred to as a “paint-on” teeth whitener. Paint-on whiteners can be purchased over-the-counter and generally are less expensive and less effective than whitening strips or professional options. Paint-on teeth whiteners consist of a gel that is applied to the tooth using a small brush. Paint-on whitening gel hardens into a film that coats the teeth, and dissolves in the mouth. As with any teeth-whitening regimen, it is wise to consult with a dental professional before use.

  • Teeth-Whitening Strips

Teeth-whitening strips are thin, flexible plastic (polyethylene) strips with a thin film of hydrogen peroxide on one side. Whitening strip kits come with two types of strips: strips for the upper teeth and strips for the lower teeth. The whitening agent is applied by placing the strips across your teeth and gently pressing the strips to ensure contact with all your teeth. Teeth-whitening strips are typically worn for 30 minutes a day, twice a day. The duration of treatment will vary.

  • Whitening Toothpaste and Mouthwash

The least expensive options are whitening toothpastes and mouthwashes. Designed to have “whitening” capabilities, toothpastes and mouthwashes work to remove surface stains using mild abrasives. However, unlike the materials used in professional whitening procedures, these products do not lighten the actual color shade of the tooth. Whitening toothpastes affect surface stains and will mildly lighten your teeth.

If you would like to learn more about teeth whitening, please contact our practice to schedule an appointment.

Patient Testimonials

It is a pleasure going to the dentist when it is Dr. Pedlar. I know his credentials are A 1 and his diagnosis are accurate and his work is always excellent. I have been a patient of Dr. Larry Pedlar and now Dr. Patrick Pedlar for many years. The offices are pristine and follow all the present day guidelines. The staff are wonderful , caring , efficient and excellent. I always recommend them when asked in my present circumstances at LaSalle retirement home.

-Janice D.

I am delighted with the quality of the service I receive on every visit! Perhaps even more important is the fact I feel truly 'cared for' from the moment I walk into the beautifully appointed, comfortable office and with every person in the practice. Everyone I have introduced to this wonderful health care team has been well treated, and I am very happy to stay with this kind, professional team. Thank you for years as my trusted health partner! I have a wonderful smile as proof of your great skill!

-Laura L.

I trust Dr. Pedlar and his team to provide exceptional care. The advice and treatment I have received are always accurate. I never have to return for the same issue twice. Thank you. I highly recommend this dental practice.

-Lynn C.

So impressed with how well you all have adapted to COVID in re-fitting your offices and procedures. Incredibly professional and thorough but I would expect nothing less from your team, as it's been my experience with the Pedlar group for the past 50 years. PS: Marlene as always did a great job.

-Rob M.

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  • Thursday1:00pm – 7:00pm
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