Teeth Whitening | Austin TX
Having a beautiful smile may be even easier than you think. Many people achieve the look they’ve been dreaming of with our simple “bleaching” procedure.
Do my teeth need whitening?
Your teeth never “need” to be whitened because there is no medical need for whitening. For many people though, whitening strongly enhances the esthetics of teeth that are already healthy. Just like with many things in life, moderation is a good thing when it comes to whitening as the over whitening of teeth can lead to side effects.
What causes teeth to be discolored or yellow?
The outer layer of a tooth is enamel and most people know this. What most people don’t know is that the second layer of a tooth is called the dentin. Dentin is yellow and everyone’s shade of yellow in their differs. The dentin can become increasingly yellow with time. Consumption of teas, coffees, and other foods can lead to increased staining as well as smoking. The hydrogen peroxide in whitening targets the dentin and this is what is lightened.
What are the side effects of whitening?
Too much whitening can cause sensitivity of the teeth. The use of stronger concentrations of whitening can cause sensitivity even when the teeth are not whitened too much. All patients that receive in office whitening are given a tube of desensitizing agent to help with these symptoms in case they arise. All excess whitening gel that gets on the gums needs to be removed and this can cause a burning sensation.
How is teeth whitening done?
Key Benefits of Teeth Whitening
- Corrects brown, yellow and spotted tooth staining
- Works on people of any age
- Is a near-permanent solution for a “dull” smile, restoring brightness and brings a smile alive
An impression is taken to make a specialized “mouthguard” or “stent” to hold the bleach against the teeth. The material is used each night for about 3-4 hours for a week or two, and at the end of this time, significant whitening will occur. In some cases, the change is nothing short of brilliant. For confidence in appearance, bleaching technology allows us to promise improvements in yellowing, aging or stained teeth. For very severely stained teeth, crowns or porcelain veneers may be more appropriate.
Considerations for Teeth Whitening
Over-the-counter bleaching agents are available for purchase at drug stores and pharmacies. However, since these products can cause harm to the gums and teeth, it’s better to use products that our practice recommends.