If you live in The Heights or the local Houston area, you can benefit from a teeth-whitening procedure at our local dental office. At Houston Dental Oasis, we are known for improving the appearance of our patients’ smiles. We are a cosmetic dentist and have multiple methods of helping our patients achieve brighter teeth. We often recommend a teeth bleaching procedure because it is the easiest way to transform your smile. After cleaning your teeth, we can complete this procedure in time for a special event or as part of your regular oral health.
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Brighter Teeth Help You Look and Feel Great
People 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. Drinking coffee, tea and wine, for example, can stain your teeth. Smoking and eating foods that contain food coloring can also stain your teeth. Brushing immediately after eating and drinking can help to prevent stains but is typically not enough to remove the risk entirely. Fortunately, stained and yellow teeth don’t have to stay that way. In-office whitening can brighten your smile up to 8 shades lighter. That’s 6 shades lighter than store bought whitening products. If you are interested in getting brighter teeth our Houston dental office can schedule your appointment 713-331-3177
Types of Teeth Whitening in Houston
There are several types of teeth bleaching that you can try. 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.
Many people may try over the counter solutions like 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 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.
We recommend that people in Houston, schedule an appointment with Dr. Wang 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.
Houston Teeth Whitening
At Houston Dental Oasis, we provide patients with 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 1-2 hours and produces immediately white teeth. For many people, this is an ideal solution because of how quickly it is finished.
Teeth Whitening Trays
In our dental office, we also recommend 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 customized whitening trays in a dental lab. They fit securely around your 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 gel to use at home, and the trays may 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, or on business trips.
When a whitening gel is applied to 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 the teeth appear colorless, and so teeth appear white. This process is very effective for eliminating stains and can be repeated frequently.
On occasion, the stains are too strong for a bleaching procedure to work. When this happens, we provide an alternative treatment. For example, patients in Houston can have dental veneers placed on the surface of their teeth in order to cover dark stains. This is often preferred for patients that smoke since veneers are stain resistant and won’t yellow as quickly as natural teeth. Still, it is recommended to try a teeth whitening procedure first, before starting a cosmetic one.
Why Get Your Teeth Whitened Now?
At Houston Dental Oasis we also recommend that patients have their teeth whitened before having other cosmetic 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 stain or bleach 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, the restorations will be created to match that yellow shade. If the surrounding teeth are a brilliant white, the restoration will be created to match those teeth. This makes the timing of teeth whitening procedures important. If you live in the Houston area and are interested in dental restoration, schedule your teeth whitening procedure first.
The procedure itself is relatively easy to complete. Before getting started, we simply recommend that patients schedule a dental exam with our Heights dental office. We will then check your teeth and gums to ensure that they are healthy enough for whitening. If we find any cavities or infections, they can be treated firstly. To learn more, call 713-331-3177 and schedule your appointment.
Finding a Teeth Whitening Dentist
Restore your bright smile in the hands of our teeth whitening dentist, Houston Dental Oasis. Over the past decade, the popularity of professional whitening services has skyrocketed. Even the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry reports that AACD survey participants cite “brighter, whiter” teeth as the one thing they would most like to change about their smiles. Although you can find a number of teeth whitening products on the shelves at your local supermarket, these products often require weeks or even months of use before you see results and those results are often disappointing. In the hands of your Houston cosmetic dentist, patients with mild, moderate, and even severe tooth stains that originate from external sources like foods, drinks, and smoking can see dramatically whiter teeth in record time. To learn if the procedure is right for you, schedule an appointment with our Houston Dental Oasis office by calling 713-331-3177. We offer our Tooth Whitening to patients from The Heights, Greater Heights, Independence Heights, Garden Oaks, and Oak Forest. To schedule an appointment with our Houston dental office, call us today at 713-331-3177.
Teeth Whitening Houston Questions
Q: Is teeth bleaching safe?
A: Yes. Many studies have proven that teeth whitening is safe, additionally, you can protect your tooth enamel by using calcium sulfate and fluoride.
Q: How much does teeth whitening cost?
A: Prices vary widely, over-the-counter kits can cost as little as $20, with extensive in-office procedures can approach up to $800. For professional teeth whitening Houston, expect the price to be around $400 to $800. If you want an at-home bleaching kit from your dentist, expect to pay between $300 and $500.
Q: Does teeth whitening affect fillings, veneers, or crowns?
A: Teeth whitening has little or no effect on restorative materials such as porcelain or crowns but may temporarily reduce the bond strength between enamel and composite restorations. Dr. Wang will advise you of any issues before beginning any course of tooth whitening.
Q: How long does teeth whitening last?
A: You can expect whitening to usually last from six months to two years, although with maintanence some studies report it lasting for many more years. Avoiding red wine, coffee, and smoking—all of which can cause stains, helps results last longer.
Q: Does teeth whitening cause permanent tooth sensitivity?
A: If there is any sensitivity caused by the whitening, it usually 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.