If you're in search of a solution to whiten and brighten your smile, Simon Family Dental is here to help. We're pleased to offer state-of-the-art in-office and at-home teeth whitening options to lift stains and discoloration and restore your smile's sparkle. Visit our Tyler office to determine if teeth whitening is right for you.
How Do Teeth Get Stained and Discolored?
As the years go by, different factors can leave your teeth stained and discolored. These include poor dental hygiene, the natural aging process, years of wear and tear, repeated exposure to staining foods and drinks such as berries and coffee, and tobacco use. Moreover, trauma, certain medications, and some illnesses can leave your teeth not as bright as they could be.
Are You a Candidate for Teeth Whitening?
Professional teeth whitening is an excellent solution for most of our patients. It is highly effective at removing stains and tooth discoloration resulting from poor dental hygiene, highly pigmented foods and drinks, smoking, and tobacco use.
In general, yellow teeth respond well to whitening treatments, brown teeth may show poor results, and gray teeth may not bleach at all. Moreover, whitening will only lift stains off natural teeth, so it won't work on restorations such as implants, fillings, crowns, or dental bridges. If you're not a candidate for traditional teeth whitening, Dr. Simon may discuss other cosmetic dentistry solutions to perfect your smile, such as dental crowns, veneers, or cosmetic bonding.
In-Office Teeth Whitening
Professional teeth whitening involves using hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide to whiten stained teeth and brighten your smile. We typically start the procedure by placing a protective shield over your lips and gums, then applying the whitening gel to your tooth surfaces. The bleaching agent will penetrate the tooth enamel, breaking apart the staining compounds.
We'll rinse off the whitening gel and reapply it several times until we achieve the desired tooth color. Our fully customizable in-office treatments can brighten your teeth four to six shades in just one short appointment.
At-Home Teeth Whitening
Numerous home remedies and teeth whitening products promise whiter teeth and dazzling smiles, including whitening strips, toothpaste, powders, rinses, and do-it-yourself whitening kits. However, even though these products may remove some stains, many produce poor results. Moreover, some bleaching products can cause tooth sensitivity and may damage your gums and tooth enamel.
For safe and effective at-home whitening, we're happy to provide you with custom trays made from impressions of your mouth and professional-grade whitening gel. You'll place a thin ribbon of gel into your trays and wear them for a few hours each day, as per the directions we provide.
Most patients achieve their desired results in one to two weeks. However, some stubborn stains require wearing your custom trays for up to six weeks. We will provide you with refill gel for future touch-up treatments.
Is Professional Teeth Whitening Safe?
Teeth whitening is safe under the care of a dental professional. Some patients report tooth sensitivity, but the temporary side effect should soon resolve without intervention. Most problems associated with teeth whitening result from using over-the-counter products or do-it-yourself whitening kits.