Professional In-Office Teeth Whitening Austin, Texas
There are a number of teeth whitening options that can effectively lighten the existing shade of your teeth without removing any of the tooth enamel.
Reasons Why Teeth Have Stains and Discoloration
The natural color of teeth is typically within a range of light yellow-grayish shades, though they darken naturally with age. Their appearance can also be affected by other factors, like the accumulation of stains acquired from consuming certain foods and drinks, using tobacco products, excess fluoride, or using certain antibiotics, like tetracycline.
Teeth Whitening Options
Although natural teeth are not completely white, many people want a brighter smile. To address this need, a wide range of teeth whitening options have become available, and can be divided into two broad categories: bleaches and surface whiteners.
Professional In-Office Teeth Whitening
Teeth whitening performed in office is capable of whitening your teeth a couple shades lighter by the time you walk out of the door. Teeth whitening product at home may work, but take a significant amount of time. Teeth whitening performed inside of an office by a trained professional is much more concentrated and effective than at home whitening solutions.
KÖR® Whitening System
We utilize the highly revered KÖR® Whitening system in our office to deliver predictable whitening results in as little as one office visit. This system allows for immediate, natural-looking brightness and is ideal for those with busy schedules or those looking for an immediate solution to discolored teeth. KöR whitening gel works to dissolve stains and offers lasting results with minimal to no sensitivity. After your initial whitening treatment, we may recommend a KÖR® take-home system to enhance your initial treatment.
These whitening products, which are usually toothpastes or chewing gums, utilize special abrasives to remove surface stains. These abrasive elements are usually only finer versions of those found in regular toothpastes, so they don’t cause excessive wear of tooth enamel. Their effectiveness depends on the extent of tooth staining or discoloration, and should not be used as an alternative for professional cleaning.
Most of the products in this category are peroxide-based, and are known to change the natural color of the tooth. However, not all stains respond to these treatments. So, people considering using tooth-bleaching treatments should consult with a dentist to establish the cause of the discoloration, and identify whether they are proper candidates for bleaching. This step is particularly important for individuals with root canal treatments, fillings, crowns, or very dark stains.
If you are a suitable candidate for bleaching, your dentist will use one of two methods:
- Vital bleaching - performed on natural teeth that have become discolored with age, or due to food, drinks, or tobacco
- Non-vital bleaching - performed on dead teeth, like those that have stained due to root canal
What to Expect During a Teeth Whitening Consultation
When considering teeth whitening, it is important that you get proper assessment to rule out any possible permanent risks or serious side effects with a specific treatment. During the assessment, your dentist will:
- Diagnose the cause of any stains or discoloration
- Ensure your mouth is healthy before recommending a whitening option
- Discuss with you the options available and the best one for your case
- Advise you on factors that may influence the whitening process, like antibiotic staining
- Evaluate whether your crowns, fillings, and veneers need replacement, because they don’t stain or discolor
- Check for gum recession
- Discuss possible tooth sensitivity and how to address it
How Do I Proceed with Teeth Whitening?
Considering that there are numerous teeth whitening treatment options, including in-office and at-home bleaching options, we suggest that you talk to our professional and experienced dentists before selecting a method. You can contact our office at 512-872-3658. We’re always ready to help.