Teeth Whitening in Houston, TX

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What Is Teeth Whitening?

The simple process of teeth whitening can do wonders for the appearance of your smile and your self-confidence. As we age, the teeth may dull or take on a yellow appearance. Certain foods, beverages like tea and coffee, and tobacco use can also stain or discolor the teeth over time, causing them to take on a dull or yellow tinge. Our team at Made Ya Smile Dental wants you to enjoy a bright, beautiful, and happy smile. We are proud to offer in-office laser teeth whitening treatments and home teeth whitening to Houston, TX patients. With our powerful Zoom! in-office whitening treatment or professional-strength whitening gels used in the comfort of your home, you can take years off of your smile and lighten your teeth by several shades. Get in touch with our friendly team today and schedule a consultation to learn more about our professional teeth whitening options.

Is Teeth Whitening Right for Me?

Teeth whitening works by gently lifting deep stains and yellow discoloration on the tooth enamel to create a brighter, whiter, and more youthful smile. This convenient cosmetic option may be a fantastic choice for adult or teen patients who have teeth that are stained or discolored or may be part of a comprehensive smile makeover treatment plan. A personalized consultation with one of our dentists can help you learn if in-office or at-home professional teeth whitening is right for your smile and determine if your teeth are healthy enough to undergo whitening treatment. This also gives us the chance to talk with you and learn more about your goals for your smile.

Teeth whitening at Made Ya Smile Dental is a highly convenient way to refresh the appearance of your smile with a simple and easy procedure. However, it may not be ideal for those who have crowns, veneers, fillings, or other restorations that are located in the front of the mouth. Tooth enamel will whiten, but restorative material will not. If you have had previous dental treatment in the smile zone or if teeth whitening is a part of your smile makeover procedure, we may need to first whiten your teeth and then change or create your restorations to match your new shade.

Professional teeth whitening may be ideal if you have stained or discolored teeth from:

  • Tea, coffee, wine, or certain foods
  • Yellow or dull tooth enamel due to aging
  • Discoloration from illness or medications
  • Poor oral hygiene
  • Fluorosis
  • Use of tobacco products

How Does Home Teeth Whitening Work?

Home whitening kits combine custom whitening trays and prescription whitening gels, the strength of which will be determined based on your personal goals and starting enamel shade. To make your take-home trays, we will take impressions of your upper and lower teeth. From these molds, we will fabricate your custom mouth trays in our office using a clear, smooth material. You can then try your trays to ensure a comfortable fit. Instructions will be given on the amount of solution to use in the trays, when to use your whitening gel, and how to clean your trays after each application. Unless you have any changes to your teeth, such as a new crown placed or orthodontic care, your trays should fit comfortably well into the future. You can always get additional gel from one of our Houston, TX offices to touch up your smile as you see fit over the years.

What Can I Expect With In-Office Teeth Whitening?

Our team performs Zoom! professional laser teeth whitening in one of our comfortable treatment rooms. Though the procedure does not require local anesthetic, we may provide a mild sedation option if you have a sensitive gag reflex or have a general fear of the dental office environment. Teeth whitening offers the best results when performed on teeth that are clean — so our team will begin by polishing any surface debris off of the teeth with a special paste. Your teeth will be rinsed and dried to ensure an even application of the whitening gel. We will then place a barrier to protect your gums and other soft tissues and provide special glasses to shield your eyes from the laser.

Once your mouth is prepared, a professional-grade whitening solution will be applied to your teeth and activated by our advanced whitening laser. Our powerful Zoom! laser allows the whitening solution to gently dissolve stains on your enamel. Depending on your starting and desired ending shade, this process will be repeated 2 – 3 times in increments of 15 minutes. We will then thoroughly rinse the gel from your teeth and remove the protective barrier. Professional teeth whitening with the Zoom! in-office system can be completed within the convenience of about an hour.

How Can I Maintain My Teeth Whitening Results?

After your teeth whitening treatment, we will review follow-up instructions to help you maintain your result. You may notice some tooth sensitivity to cold or hot temperatures for a few days, but we will provide suggestions on how to reduce any discomfort that you may experience. It is best to avoid consuming foods and beverages that could possibly stain your teeth, including tea, soda, red wine, and tobacco products, for at least two days, following your professional whitening treatment.

Keeping up with routine brushing and flossing right after you eat, drink, or use tobacco, along with regular preventive care at Made Ya Smile Dental, can help minimize staining of the teeth and keep your smile bright. During your cleaning appointments, we will help preserve your shade by polishing off surface stains that have developed on your teeth. Some patients who choose to undergo laser teeth whitening also have an at-home kit also made so that they can touch up or refresh their whitening results whenever they feel the need to. Please let our team know if you would like more information on additional teeth whitening solutions.

Does Insurance Cover Teeth Whitening?

Since professional teeth whitening is a cosmetic treatment, it is generally not covered by dental insurance plans. Before starting your whitening, we will be sure to review your procedure cost and can help you find a convenient payment solution that fits comfortably within your budget. Made Ya Smile Dental accepts several payment methods and partners with CareCredit® for low-interest financing options.

Teeth Whitening FAQ

How long does teeth whitening take?

The actual in-office Zoom! teeth whitening process generally takes about an hour to complete. However, you can plan to allow about two hours for your whitening appointment, as it will also include prep time and post-treatment instructions.

Since our take-home whitening gels may be of varying strengths, our team will inform you of how long to wear your trays each day and how many days your treatment should last. On average, this may include anywhere from 3 – 7 days, depending on the concentration of the whitening solution.

How long do teeth whitening results last?

The longevity of teeth whitening results will vary from person to person. Factors such as lifestyle habits, certain medical conditions, and others can lead to staining and tooth discoloration. Minimizing the consumption of coffee, tea, red wine and other dark-colored beverages, and food and avoiding tobacco use can help prolong your teeth whitening results.

How white will my teeth get?

The shade teeth achieve from whitening treatments will also vary among individuals. The starting shade of the enamel, the strength of the gel used, and additional factors all impact how white teeth become. While we cannot predict how white your teeth may get, on average, many people find their teeth lighten by several shades. Our team can help you determine the type of whitening procedure and the gel strength to help achieve your desired outcomes.

A Brighter, Whiter Smile

Give your smile and confidence a boost with convenient teeth whitening options at Made Ya Smile Dental. Our Zoom! in-office whitening process or custom teeth whitening kits can minimize the appearance of deep stains and discoloration in the enamel to help transform your smile in a short period of time. Whitening may be performed as a single service or incorporated into a comprehensive smile makeover plan. Whatever your desires for your smile may be, our skilled team of cosmetic dentists is ready to help. If you are seeking at-home or laser teeth whitening in Houston, TX, please contact Made Ya Smile Dental today.

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