Rochester Dental
4893 Rochester Road Suite C
Troy, MI 48085
(248) 528-0700
(248) 528-0607 fax

Find answers and other dental topics in our digital library.


Dental stains caused by aging, smoking or certain beverages and medications can leave your teeth looking dull and discolored. teeth whiteningFortunately, you can say goodbye to dental stains with teeth whitening. Professional teeth whitening treatments applied by a dentist can give you a brighter smile in just one appointment. At Rochester Dental, Dr. William Carmody and Dr. Debra Halsey are your dentists in Troy, MI, for teeth whitening and other dental services.

Professional Teeth Whitening

Professional teeth whitening treatments are applied in your Troy dentist’s office. The procedure takes about one hour. After applying a bleaching agent directly to the surface of the teeth, it is left on for a period of time while it begins the whitening process. As a precaution, the dentist might also apply a protective gel to the gums to prevent the bleaching agent from coming into contact with them. The gums can be sensitive and whitening treatments can sometimes cause irritation. Fortunately, dentists have the professional skills and experience to protect against this.

Some people choose to try over-the-counter whitening products at home. These can include whitening strips, rinses, gels and toothpastes. However, as mentioned, whitening products can potentially irritate the gums and other sensitive areas of the mouth. Applying these treatments at home provides no protection against irritation. Dentists and their staff are skilled at carefully applying the whitening treatment only to the teeth, while also protecting the gums.

In addition to protecting against potential irritation, professional teeth whitening treatments performed by a dentist also produce better results than over-the-counter products. The bleaching agents in professional whitening treatments are stronger than over-the-counter products and can deliver maximum results in just one treatment. Over-the-counter products might require several treatments before noticeable results are even visible. Further, the results of professional teeth whitening treatments last longer, for up to five years.

If you are ready to say goodbye to dental stains, teeth whitening treatments can help. The best results are achieved with professional treatments applied by your Troy, MI dentist. To schedule an appointment for teeth whitening with Dr. Carmody or Dr. Halsey, contact Rochester Dental at (248) 528-0700.