Teeth Whitening at Whitewing Dentistry
Has your smile lost some of its luster? Have you noticed stains and yellow spots appearing on your once gorgeous pearly whites? Are you embarrassed to smile?
If stained teeth have hurt your confidence, find comfort in knowing that there is a solution – teeth whitening services at WhiteWing Dental. Our McAllen dentists love to bring the best out of every smile and our teeth whitening services can do wonders to help brighten and enhance your smile. Let our experienced dentists provide you with a personalized treatment plan to help you achieve the brightest smile possible.
We know you’ll love your smile.
Why do I need teeth whitening?
To begin with, it is important to understand that tooth discoloration does not necessarily mean you have “bad” teeth. You can have stained teeth that are actually healthy and strong.
Teeth whitening, as a form of cosmetic dentistry, is meant to improve the appearance of your teeth and smile. It is not necessary for your oral health care but it can do wonders in boosting your self-confidence and improving your quality of life.
Teeth become discolored or stained for a wide variety of reasons including but not limited to the following:
- Age-related discoloration
- Trauma to developing or permanent teeth
- Use of tobacco/smoking
- Consumption of stain-causing dark drinks (coffee, sodas, black tea, red wine, etc.)
- Consumption of certain foods
- Overexposure to fluoride in early childhood
- Certain medications
- Medical conditions such as dentinogenesis imperfecta
Before scheduling a tooth whitening treatment, you should schedule a routine cleaning and exam. During a cleaning appointment, your team at WhiteWing Dental in McAllen or La Feria will be able to remove tartar and possibly other stains. This can also help to improve the appearance of your teeth.
Teeth Whitening Options
The dentists at WhiteWing Dental are able to administer a number of teeth whitening products as well as recommend safe and effective over-the-counter products.
Teeth whitening options available to patients include:
- In-Office Whitening — One of the most common cosmetic procedures, teeth whitening, is a simple procedure that can be completed in one visit. Our dentists begin by protecting your gums with a rubber dam. Then we apply a professional grade peroxide-containing bleaching agent that will make your smile look younger and healthier. You’ll have a shining new smile as soon as you leave our office.
- Whitening Toothpaste — You’ve likely seen plenty of toothpaste brands with the ADA Seal of Acceptance. These whitening toothpastes typically contain polishing or chemical agents that remove surface stains from the teeth.
- Home-Use Whiteners — at-home whitening products may come in the form of bleaching strips, gel trays, paint-on materials, and powders/pastes. Before purchasing an over-the-counter whitening product, make sure to consult your dentist for information on the safety and strength of the product.
When Teeth Whitening Isn’t For You
While most individuals are healthy enough to undergo professional whitening procedures, there are certain candidates who may be ineligible to receive this treatment. Our McAllen dentists will examine your teeth and evaluate your oral health history to determine whether or not you are a good candidate.
Our dentist may recommend against the procedure if you are experiencing any of the following:
- Tooth sensitivity
- Gum disease or tooth decay
- Pregnancy or lactation
Before undergoing any dental procedure, you should make your dentist aware of any serious medical conditions, allergies, or other concerns you may have.
After you’ve undergone your teeth whitening procedure, you may experience the following symptoms. If these side effects last longer than a few days, contact our office immediately:
- Tooth sensitivity
- Gum irritation
- General discomfort
While treatment will dramatically improve the shade of your teeth, you will want to take the appropriate steps to keep your teeth bright and beautiful for as long as possible.
After you have received treatment:
- Avoid drinking tooth staining beverages like coffee and wine.
- If you are going to drink dark-colored beverages, sip them through a straw to minimize contact with your teeth.
- Brush and floss daily.
- Stop using tobacco products.
- Visit WhiteWing Dental at least twice a year for professional cleanings and examinations.