Teeth Whitening Houston, TX
Having crystal white teeth has become a norm today; because of this, teeth whitening has become a standard cosmetic procedure that everyone wishes to get.
Teeth whitening is an inexpensive and fast procedure that serves as a shortcut to boosting your confidence.
There are many teeth whitening methods, such as toothpaste, strips, and over the counter gels.
Besides there being multiple products for teeth whitening in Houston, there are also a variety of dental treatments that Frank Dunlap, DDS offers. Treatment is decided after an assessment of the severity and type of staining on your teeth.
How Is a Teeth Whitening Procedure Performed?
There are many types of whitening procedures, each catered to the nature of the staining. First, tooth whitening toothpaste can be used between every dental visit.
Then we have the most common approach, which involves bleaching. Bleaching can be done at home or in our office, depending on the stain.
Teeth bleaching involves using gel-like protection to protect your gums, then the whitening mix is applied to your teeth. The whitening bleach is made of hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide.
The teeth are covered with a mouthpiece, which is similar to a mouthguard. The active ingredients interact with the stain, releasing oxygen as they break down to remove the discoloration.
The most recent and trending whitening procedure is the use of laser light. Bleaching using a laser (also known as power bleach) involves applying a protective gum dam to shield the gums, and the whitening mixture is applied to the teeth.
Once the whitening mix is on, laser light activates the ingredients. The difference between getting a standard bleaching procedure and a laser procedure is the time involved for the treatment. Power bleaching speeds up the whitening process, hence taking less time.
Which Professional Whitening Procedure Should I Get?
As mentioned previously, the type of whitening procedure you choose will significantly depend on the nature of the staining (i.e., the color and severity) and if you have pre-existing teeth diseases.
Teeth stained yellow respond best to the bleaching method of whitening. In comparison, brown or grey stained teeth may respond poorly or not show any treatment results.
Whitening procedures will leave your teeth more sensitive than before. If you have a periodontal or tooth disease which has made your teeth sensitive, bleaching will not be recommended.
Another important consideration is that if you have had any cosmetic dental treatment done (bonding, filling, and crowns), the color of these materials will not change. So you cannot get whitening done to remove stains from tooth-colored false teeth.
Once you have gotten the whitening procedure done, there are many ways to make the treatment last before you need to repeat it. Brush your teeth regularly at night and early morning with a whitening paste containing fluoride.
Additionally, avoid consuming substances that can stain your teeth, such as coffee, red wine, and tobacco. If you take good care of your teeth following the procedure, the treatment can last you three years.
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If you have any questions regarding what treatment is best for you or want to get a professional teeth whitening procedure done, call us at (346) 576-4411 or visit Frank Dunlap, DDS today!
Frank Dunlap, DDS
Dr. Frank Dunlap
11451 Katy Freeway, Suite 103
Houston, TX 77079