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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.

How Long Do Teeth Whitening Treatments Last?

Partially, this depends on how well you care for your teeth. If you take the proper steps to keep your teeth clean and bright, whitening can easily last 2-3 years or longer. The best way to keep your smile bright is to brush and floss regularly, and see the team at EaDo Family Dental for a cleaning every six months.

There are also some other steps you can take to preserve your bright, white smile. Drinking dark beverages like wine, coffee or tea with a straw can help prevent the dark liquid from contacting your teeth and causing stains. Ceasing tobacco use, if applicable, is also recommended to prevent your teeth from yellowing. Regular teeth whitening touch-ups at EaDo Family Dental every year or so will remove any stains that may have built up over time, and make sure that your teeth look bright and beautiful.

Over-The-Counter vs. Professional Whitening

There are a few major differences between professional treatments and OTC (over-the-counter) whitening treatments. First, over-the-counter teeth whitening kits often have either a very low peroxide content, which means they have little whitening power, or they have a dangerously-high level of peroxide, which could damage your teeth and gums if used improperly.

When you have your teeth whitened professionally at EaDo Family Dental, Dr. Williams or Dr. Ma can tailor the level of peroxide to your specific needs. In contrast, OTC kits require a lot of guesswork on your part, and if you do not figure out the proper treatment regiment, you could accidentally over-whiten your teeth and cause permanent damage to your enamel. Overall, professional whitening offers better results, faster treatment times, and customized care that ensures you avoid over-whitening, tooth sensitivity, and gum damage.  

Does Teeth Whitening Have Any Side Effects?

If you have your teeth whitened professionally, serious side effects are very rare. You may experience some increased tooth sensitivity after treatment, but this can be treated with a special, gentle toothpaste like Sensodyne, and usually goes away after just a few days.

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