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Teeth Whitening

Whitening

It's hard to imagine anything more appealing than a sparkling, white smile. Yet our teeth rarely stay as white as we'd like them to without a little help. Fortunately, that help is available at the dental office.

Teeth whitening done in a professional dental setting is a safe, effective way to brighten your smile. It's also perhaps the most economical cosmetic dental procedure. Depending on the whitening method you choose, results can be dramatic: in-office whitening, for example, can lighten teeth three to eight shades in a single hour.

Professionally supervised whitening will work faster, and protect sensitive gums and tooth-root surfaces better, than over-the-counter whitening products. Having an oral exam before you begin any whitening process is an important first step to make sure your tooth discoloration is not the result of a dental condition in need of treatment. Also, please be aware that it can be risky to have whitening solutions applied to your teeth by untrained personnel in shopping malls. If you have any questions about which whitening method would be best for you, talk to us first.

Professional Whitening Methods

Professional whitening makes use of high-concentration bleaching gels that are not available over the counter.

  • In-Office Whitening — This technique offers the fastest results with the most powerful whitening solutions available. First, your gums and tooth-root surfaces will be covered with a protective barrier to ensure your safety. A thin plastic device known as a retractor will hold your lips and cheeks away from your teeth as a professional-strength hydrogen peroxide gel is applied. The gel will be left on for about an hour. When it is removed, the results will be obvious immediately.
  • Take-Home Whitening — This is another effective way to whiten your teeth, though you will play a greater role in ensuring the best possible results and several weeks may be needed to achieve your desired level of whiteness. First, a mold of your teeth will be taken and then two thin, flexible plastic mouth trays will be custom-made for you — one for the top teeth and one for the bottom. You will fill the trays with whitening gel and then position the trays over your teeth. The trays are left in usually for about an hour at a time.

Caring for Your Whitened Smile

There are lots of things you can do to make sure your whitening results last as long as possible, and this will vary from person to person (six months to two years or even longer). First of all, please maintain your usual, conscientious routine of brushing and flossing every day, and keep up with your regular schedule of professional cleanings at the dental office. Avoid foods and beverages that stain, including red wine, tea and coffee. If you smoke, use your newly whitened teeth as an impetus to quit — a good idea in any event! A minor touch-up every so often, either at home or at the dental office, can keep your smile bright and beautiful for years.

Interested in Teeth Whitening? Call Dental Works Family Dentistry in Scottsdale, AZ at (480) 391-0099 to schedule an appointment!

Hours of Operation

Monday:

8:00 AM-5:00 PM

Tuesday:

8:00 AM-6:00 PM

Wednesday:

8:00 AM-6:00 PM

Thursday:

7:00 AM-5:00 PM

Friday:

By Appointment Only

Saturday:

Closed

Sunday:

Closed

Meet The Dentists

  • Dr.
    Terry Work

    I take the responsibility of earning my patients’ trust very seriously. The precision of being a good dentist is a great challenge, but more important is the challenge to connect with my patients on a personal level, learning about their lives, and creating a treatment plan that is not only convenient but effective. I love being able to do something that few people can do – make a true difference in the lives of those around me. It makes me feel like a valuable and connected member of my community.

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  • Dr.
    Mary Ann Work

    I am most passionate about educating our patients on their oral health. I believe that is the key to a healthy mouth and a healthy body. It is exciting and rewarding to work with so many unique people on a daily basis. Each person I meet makes me realize that everyone is different and needs to be treated as such. My profession also gives me an opportunity to not only improve the health of my patients, but also to be a role model for young women in my community. I am proud to be a female dentist and business owner. 

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Testimonials

What Our Clients Say About Us

  • "I am always greeted with a, "Hello Bill", and a big smile when I enter. Technicians are always knowledgeable and pleasant, and explain what is going to happen. Sophia, my tech, was great, as usual, and explained what the "2,3,4" numbers meant and why flossing is so important."
    Bill V.
  • "I actually like coming to the dentist... it is because of your wonderful staff who treat you like a friend. And thank you for making suggestions versus lecturing about flossing (or should I say the lack of flossing routinely). P.S. I have flossed every night - I want to make you proud :)"
    Jennifer H.
  • "When I come for my appointments it is like coming to a second family. Love these people!"
    Pamela G.
  • "I have been coming to Dr. Work for over a year now. He is extremely respectful, sincere and most importantly very good at what he does. This last visit there was a chance of some major work to be done and Dr. Work was able to avert that with other procedures. I feel he is always doing what is best for me."
    Mark A.
  • "I always enjoy coming to the office for my visits. Your staff is always pleasant and helpful. Dental care can be unpleasant and expensive, but your staff has provided superior service on all fronts. From setting appointments to figuring out how to arrange payment plans. I have been treated patiently and with a great attitude by everyone at the office. I recommend your office every time some one asks where I get my dental work done."
    Rosemary C.
  • "Great first visit!! Thankful to the family friend who referred me to your practice. Thanks for the great customer service. Looking forward to coming back next week!! (not sure I've ever said that about going to the dentist)"
    Chris F.
  • "Excellence in Dentistry The office is extremely well run, the staff is extremely knowledgeable and friendly. Both Terry and MaryAnn are very patient in their approach, efficient, skilled and are flexible."
    Fred W.
  • "Going to a new dentist can be intimidating, but can't say enough great things about my experiences so far. All of the staff is extremely attentive, caring, and professional."
    Anonymous
  • "Dental Works is the flagship for dental practices. Highly qulified doctors supported by a professional, knowledgeable and friendly staff. Thank you."
    Karen T.
  • "I absolutely am impressed with this and every other visit I have had for over 15 years. The staff is very professional and has a great attitude. Drs Terry and Mary Ann are the most competent, professional, and skilled dentists in the entire Phoenix area. I would recommend them for any type of dental care needed."
    Brett G.
  • "Fabulous! Very friendly and answer questions!!! Never make u wait!!! This was a first experience for my son...permanent tooth removed! 'He didn't feel a thing' and it was painless!!! Nice to hear and he still enjoys the dentist office and staff!!! :)"
    Wendy L.
  • "As usual, I an totally impressed with both the Dentist and the office staff. All are extremely professional and friendly, and I feel that they truly care about the health and comfort of the patients. Thank you so much for relieving my fear of dental work. It has greatly improved my and my husbands overall health. We don't hesitate to go to the dentist now knowing we'll be treated well and our issue will be resolved. Five stars is not enough!!! Thank you, thank you, thank you."
    Susan B.
  • "You have been good to me, it's been since the early 90's I believe when you were down South further off of 90th/Via Linda and then I was in Tucson for eight years. There is nothing I would change in your practices. Well maybe one little; asking me re: Flossing and electric tooth brush consistency.... I am horrible... I'll just make up stuff... :) it's that Mom thing. Whatever you want to hear. You are ALL Five Star. Don't change!"
    Ray D.