Teeth Whitening 

Are you too embarrassed to smile because it looks too dull or discolored? Teeth whitening in San Antonio can help you learn to love showing off your teeth. This treatment can brighten your smile by several shades. .

Why Choose Professional Teeth Whitening?

Most people can find over-the-counter whitening kits in stores, but those typically don’t give you the same results you would get at a dentist’s office.  

This is because store-bought whitening kits don’t have the same amount of peroxide as the dentist’s office. Your dentist can also give you a professional whitening kit to take home to help maintain your results.

What to Expect During Your Treatment


Teeth whitening treatments are straightforward and can take no more than an hour. If you’re curious about what to expect during this treatment, we’ve listed everything you should know.

Finding the Right Shade

Before the treatment, your dentist will record the current shade of your teeth to have an idea of how much they need to be whitened. You will choose your desired shade, and the dentist will determine what they can do to help you achieve that shade.

Cleaning and Polishing Teeth

After determining what shade of white your teeth will be, the dentist will clean and polish them with a pumice. This helps eliminate any plaque on your teeth to give you a better result.

Since the whitening agent absorbs better on a dry surface, we will keep a gauze pad in your mouth to prevent saliva from getting on your teeth. We will also protect your gums and lips from the whitening agent by putting a retractor in your mouth.

Applying the Whitening Agent


Once your teeth are clean, polished, and dried, your dentist will apply the whitening agent to the front surface. It temporarily opens the pores in your teeth, then they penetrate and fight off stains from within. 

 

The solution is generally left for about an hour, and we may need to repeat this step to get the results you desire.


Rinsing and Fluoride Treatment


Once you get to your desired shade, your dentist will thoroughly rinse your mouth to eliminate any residue left from the solution. To strengthen your teeth, we may also provide a fluoride treatment. It’s terrific in fighting against plaque and other staining agents!

Maintaining Your Results

There is a lot you can do to maintain your whitening results. By following these tips, you should enjoy a brighter smile for several months before needing a touch-up. Make these simple changes for longer-lasting treatment results: 

 

  • Avoid staining foods or beverages

  • Eat a balanced diet

  • Maintain good oral hygiene

  • Ask about a professional take-home whitening kit

Fast Facts About Teeth Whitening

Before you go in for a professional whitening treatment, you’ll want to have all the facts straight. Here are a few quick bits of information you should know about this popular cosmetic dental service: 

  • Professional teeth whitening can only address extrinsic stains, which occur on the surface of your teeth.

  • The top five reasons for tooth discoloration are: staining foods and beverages, certain medications, trauma to the tooth, aging, and tobacco use.

     

  • Tooth sensitivity is a common side effect of whitening treatments. This is usually temporary.

  • Your teeth have pores that absorb stains from the food and drinks you consume.

  • Genetics can make some people have naturally whiter teeth than others.

  • Dental restorations like crowns and fillings are resistant to whitening treatments. Having previous dental work done may disqualify you from getting this procedure.

Are You Interested in Getting Teeth Whitening in San Antonio?

We all want a beautiful smile to flaunt. If you have any questions about this service, please feel free to contact Leon Springs Dental today!