Teeth Whitening – The Woodlands, TX
Get Rid of Those Stubborn Stains
Have you ever tried over-the-counter teeth whitening gels and strips to get rid of those stubborn stains in your smile? More often than not, they don’t provide anything close to the results you truly want. Before you give up on ever having a bright smile, consider getting professional teeth whitening treatment from us here at Solomon Dental Group. We offer both take-home and in-office treatment to help you achieve the kind of smile you want in whatever method you prefer. To learn more, either keep reading down below, or just give us a call!
Why Choose Solomon Dental Group for Teeth Whitening?
- At-Home or In-Office Treatment Available
- Customized Treatment Plan Just for You
- Remove Years’ Worth of Stains
Causes of Teeth Stains
There are two kinds of teeth stains: intrinsic and extrinsic. Extrinsic stains occur on the outside portion of the tooth, known as enamel. More often than not, they are caused by habits, such as poor oral hygiene, smoking, or consuming items that are known to stain teeth, like coffee, wine, tea, berries, and darkly pigmented sauces. These stains typically respond well to store-bought whitening toothpastes and kits and even daily brushing.
Intrinsic stains, on the other hand, happen beneath the surface of the enamel. Sometimes, they occur on the dentin, the yellowish, softer layer of tooth underneath the enamel. They are typically the result of certain medications or trauma. Intrinsic stains do not respond to over-the-counter whitening treatments, and they typically require professional teeth whitening in The Woodlands to remove them from your smile.
If you’d rather not wait to see brighter teeth smiling back at you in the mirror, look no further than KöR in-office whitening. This treatment method allows you to completely revamp your smile in as little as an hour. We’ll start by isolating your teeth so as not to irritate any of the soft tissues in your mouth. Then, we’ll apply a special whitening gel to your teeth that’s much stronger than anything you can find in stores or online. The molecules in this gel will bond to the stain molecules on your teeth, breaking them up to allow more of your teeth’s natural white color to shine through. Once we wipe away the gel, off come the stains!
For patients with more time who would rather achieve gradual results, we offer ZOOM! take-home teeth whitening. First, your dentist in The Woodlands will take impressions of your teeth to design your custom trays. We’ll then pair those trays with our incredibly potent bleaching gel. You’ll simply wear the gel with the trays for a certain amount of time each day, usually 30-60 minutes. You’ll begin to see results immediately, but your smile should reach its full potential after about two weeks.
Teeth Whitening FAQs
Deciding to change anything about your smile can feel like a big deal, even something as simple as brightening the color of your teeth. We want to make teeth whitening in The Woodlands an easy choice for you, which is why we’ve answered some of the most common questions about this treatment below. Have other concerns we didn’t cover here? Request an appointment and ask us! We’ll be happy to discuss the details of teeth whitening or other treatment options with you.
Will Professional Whitening Cause Tooth Sensitivity?
It is uncommon for this treatment to leave your teeth feeling extra sensitive. However, if you do experience some sensitivity following the procedure, know that it should only last a day or two. If you’d like, we may be able to give you a fluoride treatment to provide extra reinforcement for your tooth enamel, but keep in mind that professional whitening does not damage your teeth at all.
Does Whitening Affect Veneers, Crowns, or Fillings?
The last thing you want to discover after you’ve whitened your teeth is that your restorations don’t match anymore. Unfortunately, whitening solutions have very little or no impact on restorations. If you would like to update the coloring of your teeth and you have veneers, crowns, or fillings, you should talk to us at Solomon Dental Group. We can determine the best method of brightening your smile so that your teeth and restorations look uniform and perfectly matched.
How Long Does Teeth Whitening Last?
Typically, teeth start to show discoloration after about three years; however, the lifespan of your whitening results depends on several factors. If you eat or drink a lot of darkly pigmented substances (e.g., coffee, red wine, tomato sauce, chocolate, etc.), your teeth could start to turn yellow sooner than that. If you want your results to last for as long as possible, you’ll need to have excellent oral hygiene at home and regularly visit Solomon Dental Group for checkups and cleanings. We can not just remove surface stains but also perform touchups as needed so you always have a confident smile.
Am I a Good Candidate for Teeth Whitening?
Probably! Most patients qualify for this treatment by simply having a generally healthy set of teeth. If, however, you have a cavity, gum disease, or other problem, we will need to address and treat it prior to whitening your teeth. Basically, the best way to tell whether you are a good candidate is to let one of our dentists examine your mouth to make sure it’s healthy enough for this treatment. Schedule your consultation today to find out if teeth whitening is right for you!
How Long Does Teeth Whitening Treatment Take?
It depends on the type of whitening treatment you choose. While in-office whitening can be completed in as little as one hour, the take-home trays take up to two weeks of daily use to deliver the same results. That being said, these results are much more dramatic and long-lasting than what over-the-counter solutions can provide.
If you have a specific deadline by which you’d like to achieve your results, please let us know during your initial appointment. We’ll take your timeline into consideration as we develop your custom treatment plan.
What’s the Difference Between Professional and Store-Bought Teeth Whitening?
Both professional teeth whitening treatments and store-bought products are designed to remove stains from the surface of the teeth, but that’s essentially the only thing they have in common. Over-the-counter solutions rely on diluted bleaching gels and one-size-fits-all trays. As a result, they rarely provide lasting or noticeable results, and they often cause discomfort or unevenness.
Luckily, our professional whitening treatment is leaps and bounds better. We begin the process with a thorough dental exam and consider all of your existing dental work as well as the state of your mouth as a whole. From there, we can customize your treatment to produce your ideal results with minimal irritation or sensitivity. In short, teeth whitening from a dentist is several times safer and more effective than anything you can find in stores or online.
Is Teeth Whitening Expensive?
Compared to many other cosmetic dentistry services, such as veneers, teeth whitening is quite affordable. Although it’s almost never covered by dental insurance due to not being medically necessary, there are ways of making our whitening treatment fit comfortably into your budget. For one, Solomon Dental Group has partnered with the third-party financing company CareCredit, which can break up your treatment costs into low- to no-interest payment plans. We’re also currently running a special offer for $100 off of Zoom! Whitening in-office treatment with take-home trays, so be sure to take advantage of that!
Is Professional Teeth Whitening Worth the Cost?
As most of our patients who have gotten teeth whitening can attest, this treatment is worth every single penny! While professional whitening certainly costs more than store-bought alternatives, consider how much more effective our treatment is. To achieve the same results with products from the drugstore, you’d need to spend much more time and money wearing uncomfortable trays and gels. Meanwhile, we can provide much more dazzling results in a fraction of the time. Additionally, it’s impossible to put a price on the newfound sense of confidence you’ll gain from having a set of pearly whites that you simply can’t wait to show off!
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