What is Teeth Whitening?
Teeth whitening includes any process that makes your teeth look whiter. There are two different types of teeth whitening processes available, including:
- Bleach (changes the natural color of your teeth; also has peroxide to help get rid of both deep and surface stains)
- Non-bleach whitening products (only removes surface stains)
What are the Different Types of Teeth Whitening?
There are three different types of teeth whitening, including:
- In-Office Teeth Whitening: In-office teeth whitening is the best method. It gets your teeth the brightest and whitest. The dental staff at University Oaks Dental offers professional teeth whitening that has -
- Strong Agents: These whiten and brighten up to 10 shades in one hour. Results remain for over a year with proper maintenance.
- Mouth Protection: A special gel buffer protects the rest of your mouth, including your gums, from the teeth-whitening materials.
- Fewer Side Effects: The staff at University Oaks Dental help manage any issues that arise, including tooth sensitivity.
- Take-Home Products: When you opt to use take-home teeth-whitening products provided by the staff at University Oaks Dental, the first step is to have impressions of your teeth done so that custom mouthpieces get made just for you. Well-fitting mouthpieces are important because they enable the whitening agent to stay closer to your teeth. Take-home teeth-whitening products require you to fill the mouthpiece with a special gel that you receive from University Oaks Dental and wear for several hours every day.
- Over-the-Counter: Store-bought teeth-whitening products are popular because they are inexpensive and easy to use. While they are available in many stores without a prescription, they are usually not as effective as those offered by the dentists at University Oaks Dental. If you have oral problems, it is best to consult with the professionals at University Oaks Dental before using any teeth-whitening product.
Why is Teeth Whitening Important?
It is common for your teeth to lose brightness for a number of reasons, including:
- Food and drink (especially coffee, tea, and red wine)
- Tobacco (culprits include tar and nicotine)
- Age (outer enamel gets thinner and more yellow as you get older)
- Trauma (hits to your mouth change color as a reaction to injury)
- Medications (antihistamines, antipsychotics, and high blood pressure medications, as well as tetracycline, doxycycline, chemotherapy, and radiation)
University Oaks Dental offers a White for Life program. When you choose to have a whitening treatment with University Oaks Dental, you receive complimentary whitening gel at every recare appointment as long as you return for your cleanings every six months.
If you are interested in teeth whitening, call or make an appointment online today at University Oaks Dental in Houston, Texas.