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Teeth Whitening

Leila Rad, DMD -  - General Dentistry

Dentique

Leila Rad, DMD

General Dentistry & Cosmetic Dentistry located in Austin, TX

Teeth whitening is one of the most popular dental cosmetic treatments in the United States and a simple way to improve the look of your teeth and smile. Leila Rad, DMD, at Dentique in Austin, Texas, is an experienced general dentist who offers teeth whitening to brighten your smile and boost your self-confidence. To see if teeth whitening can improve your smile, contact the office by phone or online today to schedule a consultation.

Teeth Whitening Q&A

What causes tooth discoloration?

Daily brushing and flossing keep your teeth healthy and clean, but may not prevent the tooth discoloration that occurs over time. There are many factors that may cause tooth discoloration, including:

Use of tobacco

In addition to being harmful to your overall health, nicotine and tar in tobacco products also cause yellow, brown, or even black stains on your teeth.

Food and drinks

Your food and drink choices may also lead to tooth discoloration, especially those with strong pigments. The most common culprits include coffee, black tea, red wine, berries, and tomato sauce. 

Medication

Your medication may also affect the color of your teeth. Antihistamines, high blood pressure medication, and antipsychotics may darken your teeth. 

Injury

An injury to your tooth may trigger the tooth to lay down more dentin, which is the bony tissue underneath your tooth enamel, and cause the tooth to darken.

General wear and tear

Years of brushing and eating may lead to a general wearing away of your tooth enamel, which allows the darker-shaded dentin to show through.

Can teeth whitening improve my smile?

Dr. Rad determines if teeth whitening can improve your smile during a consultation. Though teeth whitening is popular and benefits many people, it may not work on all tooth stains. In general, teeth whitening treatments work best on brightening yellow stains and may work as well on brown or gray stains. 

If traditional teeth whitening isn’t right for you, Dr. Rad can talk to you about other cosmetic options she offers for treating your tooth discoloration, such as crowns or veneers.

What happens during teeth whitening?

Teeth whitening is an in-office procedure at Dentique that usually takes about an hour. During your teeth whitening treatment, Dr. Rad applies a special dental bleach to your teeth and removes the bleach after 15-30 minutes. She then repeats the application and removal of the bleach one or two more times based on how well your teeth respond to the teeth whitening treatment. 

After treatment, your teeth may be sensitive to hot and cold temperatures. But this side effect should disappear within a few hours.

Though results vary, Dr. Rad may be able to lighten your teeth up to eight shades with teeth whitening treatments. To help maintain your white, bright smile, she also provides take-home trays to use at home. 

To schedule your teeth whitening consultation, call Dentique, or book an appointment online today.