Tooth bleaching is a rapid cosmetic solution to teeth that have been stained by coffee, tea, smoking or other lifestyle factors. In one visit to our Houston tooth bleaching expert, patients can get their teeth five to 10 shades whiter. Despite its name, tooth bleaching does not actually involve the use of bleach. Instead, it utilizes a variety of peroxide compounds that are applied to the teeth in a controlled way and often activated with a special light or another compound.
Patients often pursue tooth bleaching for its ability to improve self-esteem and quality of life for months or years afterwards. With a gleaming white smile, many patients feel better about themselves and more positive about conversations with other people. Tooth bleaching can also be a faster, more affordable alternative to a number of other cosmetic dental procedures, such as veneers and crowns. No recovery period is necessary, and patients can schedule subsequent appointments with our expert in tooth bleaching in Houston if they want to increase their results.
Tooth Bleaching Houston
Patients who visit our Houston tooth bleaching expert have their teeth cleaned before the teeth whitening procedure begins. To protect the gums against the professional-grade bleaching gel, our dentist inserts a barrier into the mouth. Next, our dentist applies the gel to the teeth. Depending on the type of tooth bleaching involved, our dentist may activate this gel with a dental light or chemical compound. Our dentist finally removes the gel and may repeat this process multiple times. To prevent tooth sensitivity afterwards, our dentist may recommend fluoride treatment.
This procedure is an option for most patients who visit our expert in tooth bleaching in Houston, but individuals who have active tooth decay, tooth sensitivity or certain dental restorations or who are pregnant or breastfeeding may require another cosmetic treatment. After tooth bleaching, patients should practice regular dental hygiene, visit our dentist for regular check-ups and avoid heavily colored foods and drinks to maintain their results for longer. A consultation with our Houston cosmetic dentist can be scheduled to learn more about tooth bleaching options and candidacy criteria.