Top Menu

Menu

Teeth Whitening in Houston

Smile Brighter in EaDo

Teeth whitening is the most common cosmetic dentistry treatment in the U.S. Many people receive teeth whitening treatment each year in order to achieve a more attractive, bright, and white smile. We at EaDo Family Dental, are the best dentists in East Downtown Houston for teeth whitening treatments! Learn more about teeth whitening from Dr. Bianca Williams and Dr. John Ma today!

 

How Does Teeth Whitening Work?

There are hundreds of teeth whitening products out there. However, they all rely upon the same basic principles to whiten teeth.

Every type of teeth whitening product uses some kind of “peroxide” to whiten teeth. The most commonly used peroxides are carbamide peroxide and hydrogen peroxide. Essentially, these peroxides “bleach” your teeth to remove surface stains.

Both types of peroxide contain oxygen molecules. These oxygen molecules react violently when they come into contact with surface stains on your teeth. This reaction destroys the molecular bonds that hold the stain or discoloration onto your tooth. As a result, the stain is “lifted” and removed from your tooth enamel.

What Can Be Treated With Teeth Whitening?

Teeth whitening is the best way to treat stains on the outside of the teeth. Tooth stains can be caused by a variety of different things, such as:

  • Smoking and the use of tobacco
  • Yellowing caused by oral neglect or aging
  • Staining from dark, strongly colored foods and beverages (coffee, tea, wine, some kinds of berries, etc)

However, teeth whitening cannot treat stains that are on the interior of the teeth. Discoloration from internal issues such as amalgam fillings, tooth decay, or staining from antibiotics, like tetracycline, cannot be treated with teeth whitening. These issues require a crown or another cosmetic treatment.

What’s The Difference Between At-Home And In-Office Teeth Whitening?

We offer both in-office and at-home teeth whitening, and each treatment does the same thing. They give you a brighter smile! So what’s the difference?

In-office teeth whitening typically uses powerful peroxide-based agents and a UV light or another light source. This UV light is used to “cure” the whitening compound. It excites oxygen molecules, which produces faster results. Treatment takes about 45 minutes.

In contrast, at-home whitening uses custom whitening trays, and no UV “curing” process. You just have to wear the trays at home, based on Dr. Ma or Dr. William’s instructions. Because of the difference in process, results typically take about a week.

A Note From Our Dentists.

“Personally it's fulfilling when I can build a connection with each patient or help children and adults feel good about their experience at the dentist.”

Dr. Williams

“It’s rewarding in general to meet new people and help them. Dentistry directly affects their lives and smiles in their everyday life.”

Dr. Ma