Teeth Whitening in Houston, TX
Enhance Your Smile With Our Houston Dentist
At Antoine Dental Center in Houston, TX, professional teeth whitening is our most popular and fastest option for domestic dentistry procedures. Every year, Dr. Behzad Nazari and our dental team treat countless patients who have tried over-the-counter teeth whitening products and received streaky, uneven results.
Our professional whitening solution is a reliable and convenient way to achieve the brighter smile of your dreams. Read our guide below to learn more.
Common Reasons Teeth Stains
A variety of factors can cause stains on your teeth. Certain consumables can stain your teeth when consumed over a lengthy period of time, such as:
- Coffee and tea are particularly damaging to the whiteness of your smile, as are any foods with a relatively high acidity level.
- Tooth decay
- Tomato sauce
- Dark beverages (coffee, wine, tea, etc.)
- Red wine
- Berry juices such as blueberry and cranberry juice
- Dark soda pops
- Balsamic vinegar
- Soy sauce
- Smoking or chewing tobacco
Types of Teeth Whitening
ZOOM! In-Office Whitening
Our most popular option for professional teeth whitening is the Zoom! in-office whitening treatment. If you choose this one-hour cosmetic dentistry procedure, you can leave our Houston office with a smile that’s up to ten shades whiter! Zoom! the in-office treatment works so quickly that we can have you prepared for a social function the very next day.
At-Home Teeth Whitening
We also offer at-home Zoom! Whitening treatment that allows you to whiten your teeth in the comfort of your home. Zoom! at-home whitening is significantly faster than over-the-counter teeth whitening products. With Zoom! you can see incredible results in about one week.
Like the in-office Zoom! whitening treatment, your take-home kit won’t cause you pain or discomfort. This cosmetic treatment can deliver results that last as long as a year. Best of all our take-home whitening kit is even more affordable than in-office whitening treatments.
The Teeth Whitening Process
At the Antoine Dental Center in Houston, TX, we often recommend our patients have their teeth cleaned before undergoing professional teeth whitening. Before your treatment, we’ll take several steps to protect your gums and teeth from any pain or discomfort. Dr. Nazari will place a protective layer over your gums and lips, we apply prescription strength whitening gel onto your teeth. We then use the patented Zoom! whitening lamp to accelerate the whitening of your teeth.
Caring for Your Smile After Teeth Whitening Treatment
The following are some essential rules you need to follow after having your teeth whitened.
- Don’t drink or eat anything that can stain your teeth. If you must drink something that could stain, use a straw to keep the liquid away from your teeth.
- Maintain excellent oral hygiene. Brush your teeth twice a day, floss at least once a day, and use a non-staining antiseptic rinse between meals.
- Get touch-up treatments. You can benefit from touch-up treatments every few months to keep your smile as white as possible.
How to Prevent & Remove Stains
If you want to tackle the stains on your teeth yourself, you can do a few things:
- Chew sugarless gum after you eat or drink
- Avoiding using whitening toothpaste
- Sip water in between bites of food and drinks
- Use “natural” teeth cleaners such as a variety of fruits and veggies
- Do not brush your teeth until at least 30 minutes after you’ve eaten
- Use a straw when drinking teeth-staining beverages
Frequently Asked Questions
Do all teeth whitening products work the same on all tooth stains?
No — whitening products’ effectiveness depends on the stain’s type and color. For instance, yellow-stained teeth are more effectively treated with whitening products than brown-stained teeth. In general, dark stains may be better treated with alternative whitening options whereas lighter or more neutral stains can be treated with whitening products.
Will I need to do a follow-up office whitening?
It’s possible that your dentist will want to see you again just to check on how your gums are doing after a whitening procedure. If you plan on whitening your teeth at home, you should consult a dentist first. They may want to keep an eye on your progress and make sure that the products aren’t damaging your gums.
Are there side effects to getting my teeth whitened?
There are some common side effects that you may experience after whitening your teeth which may include:
- Overall tooth sensitivity
- Irritation in the soft tissues inside the mouth, especially in the gum area
Which whitening products are safe and effective?
Only select whitening products have officially received the ADA Seal of Acceptance, which means that they meet all of the standards required by the ADA to indicate a product’s consumer safety and consumer effectiveness. Currently, no over-the-counter tooth whitening products have the ADA Seal of Acceptance. Certain whitening toothpaste does have the ADA Seal of Acceptance. However, not every whitening product or tooth-related product manufacturer decides to pursue the ADA Seal of Acceptance, which is a voluntary program.
What are extrinsic and intrinsic teeth staining?
External stains are fairly easy to manage and control with some well-placed treatments such as using mildly abrasive toothpaste to remove stains, as well as visiting the dentist for teeth cleaning to remove surface stains. External staining is caused by factors such as:
- Using tobacco products
- Consuming dark-colored foods and drinks
- Consuming sugary foods and drinks
- Wear and tear over time
Unlike external stains, internal stains cannot be removed by brushing, cleaning, or similar methods. The only way to manage teeth with internal stains is to conceal them with porcelain veneers or another cosmetic treatment. Internal tooth discolorations are caused by factors such as:
- Aging over time
- Using certain medications
- Trauma to the tooth
- Drinking water with fluoride
Make an Appointment at Antoine Dental Center!
Skip the over-the-counter teeth whitening treatments which will only cause you pain and discomfort. Instead, choose professional teeth whitening at the Antoine Dental Center in Houston, TX. You can schedule an appointment at our office by calling (713) 691-8880 today to book a consultation.
You can also fill out our convenient online form, and one of our staff members will get back to you. We’re proud to serve patients in Aldine, Independent Heights, Northside Village, and Eastex/ Jensen, TX areas.