About Teeth Whitening
Teeth whitening is a procedure which helps you to get rid of stains and discoloration suffered by your teeth. It also provides more lustre to your teeth and can even lighten the existing colour of your teeth.
Over a period of time, drinking tea, coffee, red wine, smoking cigarettes, and simply aging can stain our teeth, as can certain medications such as tetracycline.
Our in-office whitening can brighten your smile up to 8 shades lighter. That’s 6 shades lighter than store bought whitening products.
People throughout Sugar Land have their teeth whitened on a regular basis so that they can look and feel great. As people age, it is common for teeth to become dull and yellow. This is in part due to age itself and also due to what a person eats and drinks.
Are you having dental work done such as a crown or bridge? Teeth whitening has no effect on colour of replacement teeth (crowns & bridges), so you may want to consider bleaching or whitening your teeth prior to your procedure. Your dentist can then match your replacement teeth to your whitened existing teeth.
Types of Whitening
There are several types of teeth bleaching that you can try.
- Whitening toothpastes: People typically start by using whitening toothpaste at home. This can help to brighten your teeth but is typically not enough to actually whiten them. We recommend toothpaste as part of an overall teeth whitening treatment but not by itself. After professional whitening, the toothpaste can help your teeth stay bright.
- Home-use whiteners tray or strips: Many people may try over the counter solutions like teeth whitening trays or strips. These treatments work but not as well as professional solutions.
As with most things, what you buy in the store is simply not as strong as what you can get from a medical professional. Additionally, store bought teeth whitening trays are designed to fit everyone's teeth, not your teeth specifically. This means that they can become loose, and the solution can leak, leading to gum irritation.
- Professional tooth whitening: We recommend that people in Sugar Land, schedule an appointment with Dr. Korat instead. Our professional tooth whitening solutions can transform the appearance of your teeth in a dynamic way. This is partially due to the strength of the solution that we use. Professional grade whitening gel can whiten teeth by eight shades or more vs around two shades with store bought solutions. If you are looking for immediate and dramatic results, in-office whitening is a far better option.
Sugar Land Teeth Whitening
At Ace Family Dental of Sugar Land, we provide patients with information on two main types of dental whitening. Some dental offices provide whitening services in the office while others focus on treatments that can be completed at home.
- An in-office treatment can be done at the same time as a teeth cleaning or during a separate appointment. It is typically completed within an hour and produces immediately white teeth. For many people, this is an ideal solution because of how quickly it is finished.
- In our dental office, we also recommend custom fitted teeth whitening trays.
This type of procedure is effective and puts patients in control over how white their teeth become and how often they are whitened.
We start by taking an impression of a patient's teeth. We then use this impression to create custom fitted teeth whitening trays in a dental lab.
They fit securely around teeth and will not leak solution into the mouth.
This is an ideal way for patients to whiten teeth because once they are created, they can be used at any time. Patients are provided with a whitening solution to use at home, and the trays need to be worn for a couple of hours every night for a week or more. Once teeth have reached the perfect shade of white, a patient can stop wearing the trays. This portable solution can be taken anywhere, making it possible for people to whiten teeth while on vacation, business trips or after moving to a new city.
How It Works
When a whitening solution is applied to the teeth, the hydrogen peroxide inside of the solution penetrates through the enamel. It then starts the oxidation process where molecules are transformed to reflect less or no light. This makes them appear colorless, and teeth appear white. This process is typically extremely effective for eliminating stains and can be repeated frequently.
On occasion, the stains are too strong for a teeth bleaching procedure to work. When this happens, we can provide an alternative treatment. For example, patients in Sugar Land can have dental veneers placed on the surface of teeth in order to cover dark stains. This is often preferable for patients that smoke since veneers are stain resistant and won't yellow quickly like natural teeth. Still, it is wise to try in office teeth whitening procedure first, before starting a cosmetic one.
At Ace Family Dental of Sugar Land, we also highly recommend that patients have their teeth whitened before having other dental procedures completed. Most of the materials that are used in dental restorations or for cosmetic purposes are stain resistant and bleach resistant. For example, a dental crown won't whiten or darken but should maintain its initial coloring with time. When a crown, veneer, bridge, or implant is created in a dental lab, they are created to match the shade of the surrounding teeth. If the surrounding teeth are yellow, these restorations will be created in a yellow shade. If the surrounding teeth are a brilliant white, the restoration will be as well. This makes the timing of teeth whitening procedures important. If you live in the Sugar Land area and are interested in a dental restoration, schedule your in office teeth whitening procedure first.
The procedure itself should not cause any discomfort and is relatively easy to complete. Before getting started, we highly recommend that patients schedule a dental exam with our Sugar Land dental office. We will then examine your teeth and gums to ensure that they are healthy enough for whitening. This way if any cavities or infections or enamel damage exist they can be treated first. To learn more or to get started, call 281-980-1811 and schedule your appointment
At-Home Whitening vs. In-Office Whitening
At home whitening methods include over-the-counter products such as strips and gels, whitening rinses, whitening toothpastes, and generic tray-based tooth whiteners. Over the counter teeth whitening products can be used for milder cases of tooth staining. Most at-home treatments can make your teeth 2-8 shades whiter with frequent use.
If you go for professional whitening, the clinician examines the patient before the treatment, : taking a health and dental history (including allergies and sensitivities) in consideration. The results of professionally administered in-office whitening tend to be better because dentists use higher-concentration bleaching gels. Our in office teeth whitening can brighten your smile up to 8 shades lighter. That’s 6 shades lighter than store bought whitening products.
Teeth Whitening FAQ
Does tooth whitening cause permanent tooth sensitivity?
Sensitivity from tooth whitening is always transient. If there is any sensitivity caused by the whitening, it goes away within one to two days after the treatment, and the patient returns to the state of sensitivity he or she had prior to starting the whitening process.
Can I get my teeth whitened?
Teeth whitening is not recommended in children under the age of 16. This is because the nerve of the tooth, is enlarged until this age. Teeth whitening under this condition could irritate the pulp or cause it to become sensitive. Teeth whitening is also not recommended in pregnant or lactating women. Individuals with gum disease or teeth with enamel damage are generally discouraged from undergoing a tooth-whitening procedure. Cavities need to be treated before undergoing any whitening procedure. Most people are candidates for tooth whitening, but again, each situation is unique and it's best to talk to your dentist.
Should I get teeth cleaning before whitening?
Teeth cleaning removes any build up of tartar which makes whitening more effective. Therefore your dentist will advise you to get a thorough cleaning prior to the whitening procedure.
How long does tooth whitening last?
Typically you can expect whitening to last from six months to two years, although some studies report results lasting up to 10 years. Avoiding red wine, coffee, and smoking — all of which can cause staining — helps preserve the results. That said, if you do desire a touchup treatment in a few years, Ace Family Dental is ready with the innovative, comfortable Zoom!® teeth whitening treatment.
Is tooth bleaching safe?
Yes, many studies have proven that tooth whitening is safe. You can protect your tooth enamel by using calcium sulfate and fluoride.
Does tooth whitening affect fillings, veneers, or crowns?
Tooth whitening has little or no effect on restorative materials such as porcelain or crowns, but it may temporarily reduce the bond strength between enamel and composite restorations. This is why it is a good idea to check with your dental professional before beginning any course of tooth whitening.
Is the agent used in tooth whitening toxic?
Products developed from carbamide peroxide, hydrogen peroxide, and urea (substances found in every human cell), should be used cautiously to alleviate concern. Those who have issues are the ones who don't follow instructions and overuse the products for months or years.
Teeth Whitening dentist near me
If you live in Sugar Land, Missouri city, Houston tx and searching for "teeth whitening dentist" you could benefit from a teeth whitening procedure at our local dental office. At Ace Family Dental we are known for improving the appearance of our patient's smiles. Professional teeth whitening will have immediate and dramatic results.
A teeth whitening session of 30 mintues will make a huge impact. If you want to know more about teeth whitening, want to discuss pricing and are curious about whether in chair whitening is right for you, now is the perfect time to book consultation or give us a call at 281-980-1811