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Teeth Whitening: Is it Really Possible To Have a Brighter Smile?

Teeth Whitening Las ColinasDingy, yellowed, or brown teeth can make any smile unattractive. Teeth whitening in our Las Colinas dental office can give you a bright, white, beautiful smile that you’re proud to show off. Best of all, teeth whitening is simple, quick, and non-invasive. In just about an hour, you can walk out of the office feeling great about how you look.

How Teeth Whitening Works

Professional teeth whitening is performed in the dentist’s office. Your lips and gums are protected with a special gel so that the whitening agent will not irritate these softer tissues. Then the dentist applies the whitening agent directly on the surface of your teeth. This process is usually repeated two or three times in a single visit, so one teeth whitening session usually lasts about an hour. In most cases, your teeth will be five to ten shades lighter after this session.

If teeth are strongly stained and do not respond to in-office whitening as well as you’d like, a take-home option is also available. The dentist provides custom-made whitening trays that you use in the privacy of your home. You will place the prescribed whitening agent in the trays, then wear the trays for about fifteen minutes, twice a day. At-home whitening usually takes about two weeks.

How Teeth Become Discolored

Discoloration is a common problem. Every day, our teeth are exposed to staining agents that can turn our teeth off-white, yellow, or even brown. Some of the most common staining agents include:

  • Nicotine
  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Dark-colored foods

These substances cause staining on the outer surfaces of the teeth, also called extrinsic staining. A teeth whitening agent bleaches these stains, giving you a bright, white smile.

Some people suffer from intrinsic staining, or discoloration that is an integral part of the structure of the tooth. This is most often caused by exposure to fluoride during tooth formation or use of certain antibiotics. Some intrinsic staining also responds to teeth whitening, but in many cases this type of staining must be addressed with a cosmetic procedure such as porcelain veneers.

To learn more about teeth whitening in Las Colinas, call 972-556-0600 to reserve your appointment.

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