Advanced Family Dentistry of Cape Cod

Up to date. Down to earth. Close to home.

  • Dr. William Scheier
  • 56 Eldredge Park Way, P.O. Box 2732
    Orleans, MA 02653
  • (508) 255-2511

Teeth Whitening


There are many products and techniques available for patients who want to achieve a whiter smile, and with so many options available, it can be difficult to choose the method that is right for you. The best way to begin any teeth whitening regimen is to schedule an appointment to talk to your doctor about at-home whitening.

  • Tray Bleaching

Customized whitening trays conform to your teeth and are created from an alginate impression taken by your dentist.  The whitening gel is placed in custom-fitted trays that fit perfectly over your teeth. As the peroxide in the gel breaks down, hydroxyradicals help whiten stained teeth. Unlike strips, this process whitens all your natural teeth and may contain ingredients intended to provide maximum comfort. At-home professional tray whitening generally takes 10-14 days, although you may notice results in as little as three to five days.  The trays last several years and can be reused over and over for "touch ups". 

Cost is $400 for Custom Made Whitening Trays.

  • Teeth Whitening Strips

Teeth whitening strips are thin, flexible plastic (polyethylene) strips with a thin film of hydrogen peroxide bleaching on one side. Whitening strip kits come with two types of strips: strips for the upper teeth and strips for the lower teeth. The bleaching agent is applied by placing the strips across your teeth and gently pressing the strips into place to ensure contact with all your teeth. Teeth whitening strips are typically worn for 2 hours - overnight.  Duration is 6 days.

Cost is $45 for Sheer White white strips

  • Teeth Whitening Toothpaste and Mouthwash

The least expensive options are whitening toothpastes and mouthwashes. Designed to have “whitening” capabilities, toothpastes and mouthwashes work to remove surface stains using mild abrasives. However, unlike bleaching materials used in professional whitening procedures, these products do not lighten the actual color shade of the tooth. Whitening toothpastes affect surface stains and will mildly lighten your teeth.



  1. Teeth will whiten better after a professional dental cleaning.
  2. Brush and floss teeth before whitening.
  3. Place a small dot of whitening gel on the facial (or front) of each tooth in the tray as indicated at your appointment.
  4. After placing trays in mouth, remove excess gel off the gums, by running finger along the edge of the tray, to prevent gum irritation.  Gums may turn white if the gel is left on the tissue too long.  Whiteness will go away, but the tissue still may be sensitive for a day. 
  5. After removing trays, brush teeth to remove any excess gel.
  6. Clean trays with your toothbrush and cold water and place back in your case.
  7. We recommend whitening for 7-14 consecutive days to achieve a whiter smile.  You can stop whitening if you are happy with your current result.  Whitening 1-2 days every 6 months will help maintain your new smile.
  8. Sometimes teeth will become sensitive while bleaching.  The sensitivity is temporary and subsides once bleaching is completed.  If you experience sensitivity, trays can be worn every other day or we can provide a paste that can be applied daily after bleaching.
  9. Avoid orange juice, coffee, and red wine while bleaching.

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