Whether your teeth are discolored from aging, coffee and tea staining or smoking, they can be whitened and brightened to your desired level of whiteness. A tooth evaluation will determine the best procedure to be used to whiten. The Sapphire Whitening System!® whitening procedure is a process that takes about half an hour and involves a gel that is applied to the teeth which is activated by a special light, and your teeth will be whitened to your desired level at the end of the procedure. The alternate procedure of teeth whitening is the take home trays which take about 2 weeks to achieve the desired tooth whiteness. Custom made trays hold a whitening gel that the patient dispenses and wears the trays for the instructed amount of time, which can be 1 hour or overnight depending on the type of whitening gel prescribed.