Specialty Smiles Signature Whitening is a simple process. Whitening products contain one of two tooth bleaches (hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide). These bleaches break stains into smaller pieces, which makes the color less concentrated and your teeth brighter.


No, which is why it’s important to talk to Dr. Sedeño or Dr. Alfonso before deciding to whiten your teeth, as some whiteners may not correct all types of discoloration. For example, some yellow teeth will probably bleach well, brown teeth may not respond as well and teeth with gray tones may not bleach at all. Whitening does not work on caps, veneers, crowns or fillings. It also won’t be effective if your tooth discoloration is caused by medications or a tooth injury. Always consult a dentist prior to attempting to whiten your teeth.


Always talk to Dr. Sedeño or Dr. Alfonso before starting. If you are a candidate, there are four ways to whiten your smile:

Stain Removal Toothpastes

Most toothpastes help remove surface stain through the action of mild abrasives that scrub the teeth. Check for whitening toothpastes that have earned the ADA Seal of Acceptance for stain removal (it will tell you on the package). These toothpastes contain additional polishing agents that are safe for your teeth and provide stain removal effectiveness. Unlike bleaches, these types of ADA-Accepted products do not change the color of teeth as they can only remove stains on the surface.

In-Office Bleaching

This procedure is called chairside bleaching and usually requires only one visit. A protective gel is applied to your gums or a rubber shield is placed to protect your gums. Bleach is then applied to the teeth.

At-Home Bleaching from Your Dentist

Dr. Sedeño or Dr. Alfonso will provide you with a custom-made tray for at-home whitening. In this case, Specialty Smiles Signature Whitening provides instructions on how to place the bleaching solution in the tray and for what length of time. This is the preferred option if you feel more comfortable whitening in your own home at a slower pace, but still with the guidance of Dr. Sedeño and Dr. Alfonso. Out-of-office bleaching can take anywhere from a few days to a few weeks.

Over-the-Counter Bleaching Products

You may see different options online or in your local grocery store, such as toothpastes or strips that whiten by bleaching your teeth. The concentration of the bleaching agent in these products is lower than what Specialty Smiles Signature Whitening uses and may be applied unevenly. If you are thinking about using an over-the-counter bleaching kit, discuss options with Dr. Sedeño or Dr. Alfonso and look for one with the ADA Seal of Acceptance. That means it has been tested to be safe and effective for teeth whitening. Get a list of all ADA-Accepted at-home bleaching products.


Some people who use teeth whiteners may experience tooth sensitivity. That happens when the peroxide in the whitener gets through the enamel to the soft layer of dentin and irritates the nerve of your tooth. In most cases the sensitivity is temporary. You can delay treatment, then try again. Always discuss whitening with Dr. Sedeño or Dr. Alfonso prior to starting any type of treatment. Overuse of whiteners can also damage the tooth enamel or gums, so be sure to follow all instructions.