If you’re looking for a great way to boost the power of your smile, consider professional teeth whitening with our dentist near you at Almeda Dental in Houston. Our Zoom! teeth whitening is one of the fastest cosmetic options in dentistry, allowing you to see big results in just one visit.
Professional teeth whitening lightens stained or discolored teeth by removing stains in the outer layers of enamel as well as within tiny pores in the enamel. This is called extrinsic whitening and will need to be repeated once every year after the initial visit. No extrinsic whitening solution is a permanent procedure, although teeth whitening is most effective on surface (extrinsic) stains.
Teeth get stained over time and through exposure to things like:
Inconsistent tooth brushing will cause stains to accumulate. Aging also causes teeth to dull, as dentin inside the tooth gets darker and enamel thins.
You’ll need to have any cavities repaired before getting your teeth whitened. Note that tooth roots exposed due to gum disease can’t be whitened, as they aren’t covered by enamel.
Getting your teeth whitened in our office with Zoom! Whitening takes from 30 to 90 minutes. The number of appointments you’ll need depends on how stained your teeth are, but 1 to 3 visits are common. In the first part of the procedure, Dr. Thu Nguyen will apply a gel containing hydrogen peroxide to your teeth. Some kinds of gels are activated by the application of a laser or special light. Although we use the term “bleaching” to describe the stain-removal process, note that the agent in most whitening systems is a concentrated form of hydrogen peroxide.
Having your initial whitening done in the office allows us to use a more powerful whitening agent than you can find over-the-counter. The specialized light turns up the cleaning power and bleaches stains out rapidly.
To continue whitening at home, we make mouth trays that will hold peroxide gel. These fit your teeth exactly and allow you to apply whitening gel we supply you at home. To make the trays, we take impressions of your teeth to make sure the fit is precise. It’s important that the trays allow the gel to contact the teeth thoroughly.
If you are looking for teeth whitening in Houston, TX, come visit us at Almeda Dental. Our practice welcomes patients from the surrounding areas of South Houston, Edgebrook, Almeda, Southbelt, and Pearland.