Smile Whitening Specialist

Chris Mueller, D.D.S. -  - General Dentist

Chris Mueller, D.D.S.

General Dentist & Implant Dentist located in Port Orchard, WA

Annual teeth whitening industry revenues top $11 billion dollars each year in the US. Nearly 90% of patients who choose cosmetic dental procedures do so as a way to improve physical attractiveness and self‐esteem. If you are interested in improving your smile through teeth whitening, call or make an appointment online today with Dr. Mueller in Port Orchard, Washington.

Smile Whitening Q & A

What is smile whitening?

Smile whitening is any process that makes your teeth appear whiter. There are two different types of smile-whitening processes:

  • Bleach: Changes the natural color of your teeth. Also contains peroxide to help get rid of both deep and surface stains.
  • Non-Bleach Whitening Products: Only removes stains on the surface of your teeth through physical or chemical action.


What are the different types of smile whitening?

There are three different types of smile whitening, including:

In-office smile whitening

In-office smile whitening is the preferred smile-whitening method. Dr. Mueller offers professional smile whitening that has:

  • Stronger Agents: Whitens and brightens your teeth up to 10 shades in an hour. Proper maintenance keeps results over a year.
  • Mouth Protection: Includes a gel buffer that protects the rest of your mouth, including your gums, from the smile-whitening agents.
  • Potential Side Effects: Dr. Mueller helps manage any issues, including tooth sensitivity.

Take-home products

When you opt to use take-home smile-whitening products, Dr. Mueller takes impressions of your teeth and creates custom mouthpieces just for you. A well-fitting mouthpiece is important because a close fit helps the whitening agent stay in contact with your teeth.

Take-home smile-whitening products require you to fill each mouthpiece with a special gel provided by Dr. Mueller. You wear the mouthpiece for several hours every day. Optimum results take up to two weeks.


Store-bought smile-whitening products are popular because they’re inexpensive and easy to use. They include:

  • Whitening strips
  • Paint-on tooth gel
  • Mouth trays with gel
  • Whitening toothpaste
  • Whitening gum

Over-the-counter smile-whitening products are available in many stores without a prescription. However, they aren’t as effective as those offered by Dr. Mueller. If you have oral problems, consult with Dr. Mueller before using any teeth-whitening product.


Why is teeth whitening important?

It’s common for your teeth to lose brightness for a number of reasons, including:

  • Food and drink (such as coffee, tea, and red wine)
  • Tobacco (like tar and nicotine)
  • Age (your outer enamel gets thinner and more yellow)
  • Trauma (hits to your mouth change color as a reaction to injury)
  • Medications (like antihistamines, antipsychotics, and high blood pressure medications, as well as tetracycline, doxycycline, chemotherapy, and radiation)

For a brighter smile, call or make an appointment online today with Dr. Mueller in Port Orchard, Washington.