Even if your teeth are perfectly healthy (thanks to your diligent brushing and flossing, of course), you might not be perfectly happy with your smile because it’s not as bright and white as you’d like it to be. Teeth whitening is a popular and simple treatment our Pasadena, TX, and Pearland, TX offices use to change the brightness of your teeth and improve your smile.
Several factors can cause teeth to get stained:
: Also called chairside bleaching, this procedure usually only requires one office visit during which bleach is applied to your teeth. Your gums are protected by either a protective gel or a rubber shield.
This method uses peroxide to bleach the tooth enamel. It typically comes in the form of a gel which is placed into a tray that fits onto your teeth. A whitening strip that sticks to your teeth also works the same way. The concentration of the bleaching agent of an over-the-counter bleaching kit is lower than what your dentist would use. You can have special custom trays made at the dentist office.
Because tooth whitening is only effective on natural tooth enamel, it may be necessary to evaluate the replacement of fillings, crowns, etc. so that they will match the newly bleached teeth. Teeth whitening is not permanent, so an occasional touch-up may be needed from our Pasadena or Pearland dental office.