Here at 85 West Dental, we are proud to offer whitening services to our patients.

The most common complaint people have about their teeth is about their color. Many things can affect the color of your teeth, including plaque and dirt. However, there are more. The food and drinks you consume can affect the color of your teeth. People who use tobacco often have stained teeth. Sometimes medications and injuries can change the color of your teeth.

Most teeth whitening products use bleach. This breaks the stains up into smaller pieces, making them harder to see so your teeth look brighter. However, bleaches do not work on all teeth so it is important to talk to us before you bleach your teeth. Bleach doesn’t work on caps, veneers, crowns, or fillings that were originally made to match your teeth’s natural color.

There are many options for teeth whitening including toothpastes, at-home bleaching, and bleaching in our office. Since each one works differently (and has different results), you should talk to us before you decide to bleach your teeth.

If you have any questions about teeth whitening, don’t hesitate to contact us today at (616) 884-5884.


How does GLO teeth whitening work?

GLO is the first and only at-home teeth whitening system that uses the professional elements of gentle heat and blue LED light to provide safe and effective tooth whitening results. GLO teeth whitening gel is thick, not runny, and stays in place (without the use of strips or annoying trays). Our system provides optimal yet gentle results – up to five or more shades lighter in five to seven days. Developed by NYC’s top aesthetic practicing dentist, GLO has been proven safe and effective in multiple clinical studies.

How white can I get my smile and how long will it take?

You will see results with each application – whether you are using GLO Vial whitening gel alone or accelerating the formulation with light and heat from a GLO Device (which combines warming heat and LED light to accelerate whitening results). The more you GLO, the brighter your smile will get. This is thanks to our combination of gentle yet effective teeth whitening ingredients for use with blue LED light and gentle warming heat. GLO is clinically proven to whiten teeth an average of five shades over the course of one treatment (one treatment = five to seven days). Keep in mind that everyone’s smile is unique, and there are many factors involved that affect teeth whitening, including age, genetics and lifestyle. For that reason, some people’s teeth will whiten faster; some will take more time.

Does GLO whitening hurt? What if my teeth have been sensitive to other whitening products?

GLO whitening gel is specially formulated to be sensitivity free. It contains safe and effective teeth whitening ingredients, is free of alcohol and carbamide peroxide, and is designed to stay put on your teeth and off your gums and soft tissue. The vast majority of GLO users do not experience any sensitivity while using GLO.

How long does GLO teeth whitening last?

Whitening your teeth and keeping your smile bright is a little like coloring your hair: maintaining your results requires maintenance. Your individual maintenance program depends on a number of factors, including lifestyle, age and original shade. We recommend first completing a full GLO whitening treatment (which is five to seven days) to achieve your desired shade. After that, maintain your teeth whitening results with one day of whitening each month (three back-to-back applications), followed by another five-to-seven-day full GLO whitening treatment after six months. That said, if you notice that your teeth are darkening sooner (or you feel like they could use some brightening), simply whiten with our GLO whitening gel, available in a pack of three convenient GLO Vials or more, as soon as you feel you need to – until you achieve your desired shade. Additional five- to seven-day treatments with your preferred GLO device can also be safely repeated until your desired result is achieved.