Chair-side whitening with take-home trays: Due to the last minute requirements of many patients (ie. a wedding, birthday or special occasion), sometimes whitening trays are an adjunct to a more rapid way of whitening — and that is the chair-side approach. In this appointment, we
will isolate the teeth and apply a special, highly formulated whitening agent in short, repeating intervals. The process usually takes two hours with three to four applications of 15 minutes each. The results can be quite spectacular in cases with superficial staining (ie. coffee and tea). This procedure almost always involves a set of take-home trays so you can finish up the process at home to achieve the shade that you want and maintain it. The cost of this package is typically $500.
When these options do not apply (i.e. tetracycline stained teeth or badly fluorosed enamel), usually porcelain veneers are the alternative.