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What Teeth Whitening Treatments Are There?

Lori Logan DDS - Indian mother with daughter

Our dental clinic in Cypress, TX is equipped to provide a wide range of dental treatments.  However, one of the most common requests that our patients & their families will ask of is teeth whitening. Teeth whitening is a common cosmetic treatment that seeks to remove stains & imperfections in your smile, resulting in pearly white teeth that you can flaunt.  While there exist several over-the-counter teeth whitening options, whether they be kits, strips, or DIY-remedies, the most effective way to whiten your smile remains getting a professional dentist to whiten your smile.

This article explores the different types of teeth whitening treatments that you can consider.

What Causes Teeth Staining?

With the passage of time, the teeth lose their original color, and tend to darken in tone in addition to losing a healthy and bright countenance, it is an inevitable fact, but if solvable. The tone of the teeth, is under the influence of factors related to our habits that can cause a darkening of our enamel, are what we call extrinsic causes of this darkening, within which are:

  • Infusions its consumption in excess.
  • Coffee your consumption in excess.
  • Tobacco / cigars
  • Foods with high levels of dyes.
  • Carbonated drinks or with high levels of dyes.

Ideally after the ingestion of these foods or drinks we should proceed to brush our teeth as a way of shock to produce “spots.”

On the other hand, there are intrinsic causes such as:

  • Hypoplasias, enamel defect in the formation that gives different tone.
  • Tetracyclines the use of this antibiotic resulted in staining of the teeth in the form of bands.
  • Fluorosis, whiter spots on the enamel that appear due to excess fluoride consumption.
  • Stains that may arise after dental trauma.

Mouthwashes used as an antiseptic, if the recommended time is extended, it is important to always consult our dentist.

What is Teeth Whitening?

Tooth whitening is a dental treatment belonging to the area of dental aesthetics, whose main objective is to clarify the tone of our teeth or return the lost hue, it also allows us to eliminate stains, all this helps to embellish the smile and provide a rejuvenation of it. Teeth whitening is an affordable, easy, safe and effective treatment. In the same way that there are two types of causes in relation to the darkening of the teeth, there are two types of whitening.

What Teeth Whitening Options Are There?

The following are some teeth whitening treatments that you can consider pursuing:

External whitening is the most used type and we use it in vital teeth: in those who have not previously performed a root canal (killed the nerve), it is performed on the tooth and in turn we have two modes of application.

The one carried out at home or also called ambulatory whitening, previously dental arch measures are taken, this will allow us to make splints fully adapted to our teeth, for the application of the bleaching agent that can be hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide with a concentration It ranges from 10% to 30%. The splints will be applied at night for weeks, this type of whitening is more limited than the one performed in the clinic by the professional. Although it is a very simple and comfortable technique to carry out.

The other type of external whitening that we referred to as more effective, is the one performed in the clinic by the professional, is the application of hydrogen peroxide or carbamide through the activation of LED light, a cold light that does not result in sensitivity of the teeth, it is a totally painless process that obtains much greater and faster results. Generally the duration is one hour, after this session you can see changes.

As for the other type of whitening that we referred to the internal whitening indicated for pieces that have been endodontic (those that have been killed by the nerve) and in which external whitening would not be effective, the professional makes a hole in the tooth to the application of the product that will be able to bleach, which in most cases will be sodium perborate or carbamide peroxide, the piece in question will subsequently seal the piece, allowing it to take effect over a week or so.

Looking for Teeth Whitening in Cypress, TX?

Dr. Lori Logan is experienced in providing periodontics in Cypress, TX. If you have any additional questions about teeth whitening, cosmetic dentistry, or are looking to schedule an appointment, please don’t hesitate to contact us today! We look forward to treating you and your family. 

In this video, Dr. Lori Logan takes a moment to discuss the frequency that patients will need to visit their dentist to ensure consistently good oral health. For additional info on general or cosmetic dentistry in Cypress, TX, please call call today!

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