in Pasadena TX
In-office teeth bleaching procedures can make teeth color five to seven shades brighter. Dental offices use different methods of bleaching or tooth whitening to achieve effective results. Discover what teeth whitening products and procedures Dr. Covell offers to his Pasadena, TX and Deer Park, TX patients.
Bleaching products can brighten teeth that have been stained or darkened by:
Types Of In-Office Teeth Whitening Procedures
Types of dental office bleaching procedures may include:
Professionally Applied Teeth Whitening Products
These products are applied at the dentist’s office and have a higher concentration of hydrogen peroxide, a whitening agent, than do over-the-counter preparations.
Laser Or Light Treatment
During these procedures, a whitening solution is applied to the teeth in combination with the use of special light or laser. Results can usually be seen after just one session.
Custom Mouth Tray
A custom mouthpiece or tray is created by the dentist specifically for the particular patient’s use. The patient is provided with the mouthpiece, a peroxide-based whitening solution, and instructions for home use of the whitening device.
In-office teeth bleaching takes place over a series of one-hour appointments at the dentist’s office. Teeth will be examined and cleaned to make sure there are no cavities, loose fillings, gum problems, or any other issues that may be exacerbated by the bleaching process. Patients who choose to use the whitening products in combination with home treatment may be monitored by their dentist for results.
Whitening procedures are effective but not permanent. Depending on the procedure used, whitening may fade over time. Patients are advised to avoid problem food and drinks that may stain or darken the shades of the teeth.
Candidates for Teeth Whitening
There is a misconception that whitening is unlimited. That is untrue. Teeth whitening removes stains and discoloration, returning your teeth to the natural color of your enamel. Whitening can only address stains in the enamel. These come from foods such as berries and drinks such as coffee and red wine. Some people have enamel that is more porous, so it takes on more staining. Teeth whitening works these stains free from the enamel, much like detergent removes a stain on a shirt.
Another discoloration occurs deeper in their teeth, in the dentin layer beneath the enamel. Teeth whitening, because it only penetrates into the tooth’s outer enamel layer, cannot whiten discoloration in the dentin. This occurs from reactions to medications such as tetracycline, or from trauma to a tooth or teeth. The only way to mask this kind of discoloration is to place porcelain veneers or crowns on the discolored teeth.
Is The Teeth Whitening Treatment Safe?
The American Dental Association gives its approval of various whitening products (including the products Dr. Covell uses). The association has conducted numerous studies on teeth whitening, covering decades of procedures, and has concluded that teeth whitening is safe. There are not any recorded instances of irreversible or structural damage caused by whitening programs.
How Long Do Teeth Whitening Results Last?
How long your teeth stay whiter is largely up to you. If you like coffee and raspberries, your teeth will become stained once again. But it’s not as if you have to give up these foods and drinks. When you feel your teeth are becoming a little dingy again, you can return for an in-office treatment, or we can give you a new batch of whitening gel if you opted for home whitening trays.
Home hygiene also makes a difference. Using a whitening toothpaste that is approved by the ADA does makes a difference. Also, it’s important to keep your twice-yearly professional cleanings with our team — they will help keep your teeth white, and we’ll also keep an eye on your overall oral health at the same time.
Is The Teeth Whitening Procedure Painful?
Because whitening agents penetrate the tooth enamel to break loose stains, whitening can create some sensitivity in your teeth for a brief period after your whitening session. This sensation passes quickly. If you have particularly sensitive teeth, please tell us beforehand. We can desensitize your teeth with potassium nitrate or calcium phosphate prior to your whitening procedure.
What Our Patients Are Saying:
“The difference between ordinary and extraordinary is the little extra, and Dr. Covell’s team definitely has it. They are all awesome and provide extraordinary care!” -Jay C.
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Contact Dr. Covell and his expert staff to schedule your teeth whitening appointment at our Pasadena, TX office today.