Garden Oaks Dental
Dentists located in Houston, TX
One of the most popular and simplest ways to improve your smile is teeth whitening, but at-home treatments can take weeks to months and not get you the results you want. The team at Garden Oaks Dental in Houston, Texas, can give you a whiter and brighter smile with laser whitening treatment in an hour. Call today or book an appointment online.
Teeth Whitening Q & A
What causes my teeth to change color?
Your teeth may be strong, but they’re not stain-resistant, and there are many reasons they’re not as white and bright as you’d like, including:
- Drinking too much coffee, tea, or red wine
- Smoking cigarettes
- Taking certain medications such as antihistamines or certain antibiotics
- Trauma to the tooth
Aging also leads to discoloration. As you get older, the enamel on your teeth thins, allowing the more yellow dentin to show through.
Is teeth whitening safe?
Teeth whitening is safe, especially when conducted by dental professionals, but teeth whitening may not be the best choice for everyone. Before treatment, the dental specialists at Garden Oaks Dental complete an examination of your teeth to make sure you’re a good candidate for treatment.
Teeth whitening works best on yellow stains found on the surface of your teeth. Brown and gray stains may be harder to treat. Additionally, if your staining is caused by medication or trauma, laser teeth whitening may not be effective at all. In these cases, your dentist may suggest a different option, such as veneers.
What is laser teeth whitening?
Laser teeth whitening is a specialized teeth whitening system available at Garden Oaks Dental. During treatment, the dental team applies a special bleaching agent to your teeth, and the laser light increases the activity of the agent to give you a brighter smile in an hour.
Professional teeth whitening can make your teeth up to eight shades lighter.
Due to the bleaching activity, you may experience some sensitivity to your teeth and gums, but this disappears within a few days.
How can I keep my smile bright after laser teeth whitening?
Laser teeth whitening can brighten your smile quickly, but to make the results last you need to:
- Reduce your intake of teeth-staining drinks
- Brush and floss daily
- Come in for regular checkups and cleanings at Garden Oaks Dental
- Stop smoking if you’re a smoker
If you find it hard to cut out some of your favorite beverages, you may be able to reduce staining by drinking with a straw.
With good care, your teeth may remain professionally bright for up to a year.
If you’re ready for a whiter and brighter smile, call the office or book an appointment using the online booking agent