A dazzling, bright smile can revitalize your appearance. It can give you a healthy, vibrant look that will boost your self-confidence and help you put forth the best impression in social and professional settings. If lifestyle habits and aging have resulted in tooth discoloration, teeth whitening can be a simple and affordable solution to revamp your smile.
At Stephens & Gatewood Dentistry, we offer a variety of teeth whitening options that can conservatively brighten your smile without causing any changes to your natural tooth structure. These professional-grade whitening treatments can have you showing off your bright, beautiful smile in no time.
You can learn about your teeth whitening options by speaking to our cosmetic dentists in person. Please call 281-320-2000 today to schedule a consultation. We serve patients in Spring, Conroe and throughout North Houston.
Causes of Tooth Discoloration
Over time, most people experience some degree of tooth discoloration. Poor daily oral hygiene habits can be a contributor to this discoloration, as can certain lifestyle and consumption habits. Smoking will turn your teeth yellow and tarnish an otherwise beautiful smile. In addition, consumption of the following foods and beverages can often stain the surface of your teeth:
- Red wine
- Balsamic vinegar
- Tomato sauce
- Curry sauce
In addition to these extrinsic stains, it's possible for your teeth to develop intrinsic stains that originate in the deeper layers of your tooth structure. These stains are commonly caused by chemicals used in certain medications. Intrinsic stains can also occur due to trauma to the mouth. In general, intrinsic stains may be less responsive to teeth whitening treatments than extrinsic stains caused by the foods and beverages listed above.
Am I a Teeth Whitening Candidate?
In general, most people with extrinsic tooth staining are good candidates for teeth whitening. In most instances, yellow-toned stains will respond best to the bleaching gels used in whitening systems.
However, there are certain factors which may indicate that teeth whitening isn't the right option for you. These include:
- You have oral health issues such as tooth decay or gum disease
- You have a significant amount of fillings, crowns or other dental restorations
- You're pregnant or lactating
- You experience tooth sensitivity
- Your tooth enamel has been eroded due to acid reflux or other health issues
- You are allergic to the bleaching agents used in whitening treatments
In addition, you may not be a suitable candidate if you have intrinsic tooth stains. In these cases, our cosmetic dentists may recommend an alternative such as porcelain veneers to achieve the best possible results.
During your initial consultation, our dentists will evaluate the condition of your teeth and the causes of their discoloration to determine whether teeth whitening is best cosmetic dentistry option to achieve your desired goals.
Teeth Whitening Solutions We Offer
At Stephens & Gatewood Dentistry, we offer a choice of teeth whitening systems designed to fit your hectic schedule. Our at-home whitening kit provides custom trays that allow you to apply the bleaching agent from the comfort of your home, while our in-office treatment can be completed during a single visit, often within an hour.
To determine which whitening option is right for you, consider the following:
- Our in-office whitening treatments are ideal if you'd like to achieve your results right away. You can brighten your smile up to 8-10 shades in just one office visit.
- If you prefer to gradually brighten your smile in the comfort of your own home, you may want to consider our at-home whitening kits. These systems use professional-grade bleaching gel and achieve the same beautiful outcome as in-office treatments, but you will experience your results slowly over a few weeks.
We use Zoom! Whitening for our in-office treatments. Zoom! uses a hydrogen peroxide gel to achieve dramatic results. Our dentists will apply the whitening gel to your teeth. A special light is then used to heat the gel so that it can be absorbed by your tooth enamel, allowing it to provide a deeper layer of whitening than systems which simply act on the surface of your teeth.
After your treatment, we can also provide you with a customized bleaching kit to touch up your smile at home as needed.
Contact our North Houston Cosmetic Dentists
If you'd like to find out whether teeth whitening is right for you, please contact Stephens & Gatewood Dentistry using the form on this page or call 281-320-2000 today. We serve patients in Spring, Conroe, The Woodlands and throughout North Houston, Texas.