Teeth Whitening Specialist

Dental Access

General and Cosmetic Dentistry located in Arlington, TX & Pantego, TX

That right-off-the-runway dazzling smile isn’t just for supermodels. The doctors at Dental Access in Arlington, Texas, has been helping patients in the in the Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan area get that picture-perfect, bright smile for years now. Book a teeth whitening appointment online or call today.

Teeth Whitening Q & A

What kind of teeth whitening treatments are available?

Teeth whitening is a popular cosmetic dentistry service with a variety of treatment options, depending on whether you want to do it yourself or have a doctor whiten your teeth. Each is based on the premise of bleaching your teeth, but you get to choose who does it and where.

Whitening options generally fall into three main categories:

  • Over-the-counter whitening products such as whitening strips, toothpaste, gels, and home-whitening trays
  • In-office or chairside teeth whitening treatments  
  • Custom-fitted whitening trays from the dentist that you can use at home

Why do teeth become dull or discolored?

Normal aging and living life to its fullest can make teeth appear darker, yellower, or stained. The main culprits are:

  • Genetics
  • Trauma
  • Tobacco use
  • Exposure to high levels of fluoride or the antibiotic tetracycline
  • Foods and beverages with tannins such as teas, coffee, pomegranates, berries, grapes, and red wine

Is it safe to whiten my teeth?

According to clinical studies, whitening your teeth is safe. However, it’s important that you follow directions carefully, regardless of whether you do it yourself or have a doctor do it for you. Keep in mind that it isn’t unusual to feel temporary tooth sensitivity after teeth whitening, but the feeling should go away in a day or two.

Does teeth whitening work on all teeth?

When it comes to teeth whitening, not all teeth are created equal. Teeth whitening is not effective on restorations such as veneers, crowns, or fillings.

The cause of the discoloration or staining may also impact how well the treatment works. Tooth discoloration caused by medications or trauma tends to be resistant to whitening treatments. If your teeth are yellowed, they will most likely bleach well, while grayish teeth may not bleach at all, and teeth with a brown tone may respond somewhere in between.

If you have a special event coming up or just want to brighten your smile, book a consultation with a doctor at Dental Access to discuss the best whitening option for your individual needs.