How Does At-Home Whitening Work?

To obtain a brighter smile, many people consider buying over-the-counter whitening systems. While these treatments can be used from home, they don’t offer the same results as professional options. Fortunately, we can provide a professional system for those who want to brighten their smiles from home. How does at-home teeth whitening work?

Rochester, MN Teeth Whitening Quiz

  1. True or False: Each day, you will wear gel-filled trays.
  2. True or False: We offer a free cosmetic consultation.
  3. True or False: We can use technology to show you how your smile may look.
  4. True or False: For permanent teeth stains, we may suggest porcelain veneers.

Answer Key

  1. True. We will first take impressions of your teeth. Then we will create a set of clear plastic aligners. You will then be provided with a powerful bleaching gel. Each day you will wear the gel-filled tray for the amount of time recommended. The entire treatment typically takes between a week and ten days.
  2. True. We will need to find out if our at-home teeth whitening procedure will be the best choice for removing discoloration. To do so, we will carefully exam your teeth during a free cosmetic consultation. We can assess the cause of your discoloration and recommend the best treatment option.
  3. True. With Snap imaging software, we can create an image of your teeth to show how they will look following treatment.
  4. True. Some forms of discoloration don’t respond very well to teeth whitening. For major intrinsic discoloration, often the result of trauma or certain medications, such as tetracycline, we may recommend veneers. With this option, we place a thin shell of porcelain over the front of the tooth to mask the discoloration.


Calcagno Cosmetic and Family Dentistry offer expert services including dental implants, Six Month Smiles, pediatric dentistry, root canals, and teeth whitening in Rochester MN. To schedule a consultation, please call (507) 218-8936. Dr. Gilly Calcagno and Dr. Kara Heimer welcome and serve patients from Rochester, Red Wing, St. Charles, Winona, Farmington, Austin, and the surrounding communities.