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Teeth Whitening in Dallas,TX

With over 20 years of experience in the dental field, Dr. Scott Evans is a general dentist who specializes in the areas of orthodontics, dentofacial orthopedics and restorative and cosmetic dentistry for patients living in Dallas and Garland and the surrounding communities in Texas.

Using the latest in up-to-date techniques and dental innovations, Dr. Evans and his staff are able to provide premium care through a variety of processes and procedures, including orthodontics, implants, cosmetic contouring, teeth whitening and root canals.

How Teeth Lose their Sparkle

Over time, teeth can become discolored or stained. Stains can result from smoking, drinking cola or coffee, taking certain medications, or from eating tooth-staining foods.

Types of Stains

Intrinsic Stains

Stains either form within the teeth or on the surfaces. Intrinsic stains, which form inside the tooth, often result from taking such medications as tetracycline or from an excess fluoride intake.

Extrinsic Stains

Extrinsic stains, on the other hand, form on tooth surfaces. Teeth are stained from exposure to certain foods and beverages or become discolored as the result of erosion. While minor staining is typically removed during a dental cleaning, stubborn stains require an in-office teeth whitening appointment.

Shade Intensity

Most teeth are naturally colored either a green-gray hue or a shade of yellowish-brown. People with yellowish-brown teeth are typically better candidates for teeth whitening treatments. If you choose to have your teeth whitened, in-office shade guides can give you an idea of the final results. Tooth whiteness can be enhanced from two to seven shades.

Types of Whitening Treatments

While in-office whitening offers the quickest and safest results, patients may also elect to whiten their teeth with the use of dental prepared whitening trays or over-the-counter kits as well. Regardless of the whitening method used though, only the natural teeth will be whitened. Teeth whitening does not lighten veneer laminates or crowns.

In-office Whitening Offers Almost Instant Results

Again, in-office whitening processes result in almost instantaneous results. During the treatment, your gums are protected with a paint-on rubber dam. A peroxide gel is applied to the teeth for 15 minutes at a time, with a session lasting no more than 60 minutes. If stains are especially stubborn, either another whitening appointment will be made, or the patient will be given a dental prepared tray to whiten the teeth at home.

Trays for Home Use

Whitening trays prepared for home use feature a lower amount of peroxide in their gels. Therefore, the whitening substance is usually left on for a longer time than it is in the office. In-home kits that are sold over the counter are also a cost-effective alternative. Whitening strips or trays are frequently used to whiten the teeth this way.

After the Teeth Whitening Procedure

If you have your teeth whitened in the office, you may experience some sensitivity for several days. Gums may be affected as well. However, any kind of discomfort usually subsides after a week’s time. In-office whitening usually lasts for about a year.

Poor Teeth Whitening Candidates

Teeth whitening is not recommended for patients suffering from gum infections, who are under 16, or who are pregnant. Also, anyone who needs to undergo certain dental procedures should have the work done first before they have their teeth whitened.

Make an Appointment for a Consultation Today

Patients in Dallas and Garland and the surrounding communities in Texas can contact the offices of Scott Evans, DDS at 214-717-6297 to book an appointment for a consultation.

 

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Written by Scott Evans, DDS February 28, 2013