Ask About Teeth Whitening

There are many products and techniques available at Maidu Dental for patients who want to achieve a brighter smile.

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 at our Auburn, CA dental office and talk to our doctors and our team about the differences between professional whitening and over-the-counter whitening.

With more than ten years of experience using teeth whitening in her Auburn dental practice, Dr. Luminita Markham can help you achieve the white, natural-looking smile you’ve always wanted.

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In-Office Whitening

The first professional option is commonly referred to as in-office whitening. This procedure is performed in our Auburn dental office. During an appointment, a member of our dental team 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.

Tray Whitening

Whitening with trays is a type of professional whitening that uses custom-made trays and whitening gel only available through the dental office. Impressions are made of your teeth and trays are made to fit your teeth perfectly. The professional-strength whitening gel is placed in the trays. As the peroxide in the gel breaks down, hydroxyradicals help whiten stained teeth. This process whitens all your natural teeth and contains 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.


There are several over-the-counter teeth whitening options, though the results may not be as dramatic as professional whitening. Regardless of the teeth-whitening regimen you choose, it is wise to consult with our team before use.

Paint-On Teeth Whiteners

One type of readily accessible whitening products is commonly referred to as a “paint-on” teeth whitener. 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.

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 only mildly lighten your teeth.

Please contact our office to schedule an appointment at (530) 823-8771.