What is the difference between teeth whitening and bleaching?

The terms teeth whitening and bleaching are often used interchangeably. According to the American Dental Association (ADA), whitening is the process of restoring the natural color of teeth by removing stains from the tooth surface (removing extrinsic stains). Teeth bleaching, on the other hand, refers to whitening teeth beyond their natural color (changing the intrinsic color of teeth). Similarly, both methods are used for improving the color of teeth.

These methods either restore the original color of teeth (whitening) or brighten them beyond their original color (bleaching).

Whatever whitening option interests you, our doctors, Dr. Tinkle or Dr. Yoon, will recommend the best method for your unique set of pearly whites. Call us today at (503) 234-1218 to request an appointment.