Posts for tag: Teeth Whitening

By Today's Dental
May 29, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Teeth Whitening  

Teeth whitening or bleaching is one of the most affordable and least invasive ways of improving your smile. Although the effect fades with time, whitening can make dull and dingy teeth more attractive in short order.

Teeth whitening is also unique among cosmetic dental procedures in that you can do it yourself at home. While professional bleaching solutions are stronger and capable of greater brightness and longevity, you can still achieve good results with a DIY kit.

If you decide to whiten at home, though, there are a few things to keep mind for a desirable and safe outcome. Here are 3 tips for successful DIY teeth whitening.

Follow the directions. It's not a good idea, both for a successful and safe outcome, to stray away from a kit manufacturer's recommended directions. FDA-approved home kits usually contain 10% or less of carbamide peroxide (one of the more common bleaching agents). That may not seem very strong but it's adequate within the recommended time it remains on your teeth to achieve an effective whitening effect. Exceeding those directions could permanently damage your tooth enamel.

Make sure a home kit will work on your staining. Home whitening kits only affect outer staining on tooth enamel. But dental discoloration can also arise from inside a tooth, often because of trauma, tetracycline use, or as a side effect of a root canal treatment. This kind of internal staining requires a special procedure usually performed by an endodontist to reduce it. So, see your dentist first to make sure your teeth are healthy enough for whitening and that a home kit will work for you.

Get your dentist's advice on home kits. There are a number of whitening applications on the market you can choose, so ask your dentist for recommendations. They can also give you some helpful tips on the whitening process to ensure you'll be safe and successful in your efforts.

Here's a couple of other things to remember to enhance your teeth whitening experience: whether you whiten your teeth at home or with the dentist, be sure you continue to care for your teeth with daily brushing and flossing. And, if you limit your consumption of foods and beverages known to stain teeth, you'll help extend the duration of your brighter smile.

If you would like more information on teeth whitening procedures, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Tooth Whitening Safety Tips.”


Academy Award-winning actress Kathy Bates knows how important it is to present your best face to the world — and one of the most important features of that face is a beaming smile. But there came a point when she noticed something was a little off. “I've always had good teeth, but it seemed to me as I was getting older that they weren't looking as good,” Kathy explained in a recent interview with Dear Doctor magazine.

That's when she decided it was time to take action. Kathy had orthodontic treatment when she was in her fifties, and she keeps her smile bright with tooth whitening treatments. She uses a kit provided by her dentist with a safe, effective whitening solution.

Of course, a bright, healthy smile looks great anywhere — whether you're on the red carpet or “off the grid.” And you don't have to be a Hollywood star to have professional whitening treatments. In fact, teeth whitening is one of the most popular and affordable cosmetic treatments modern dentistry offers.

The basic options for professional teeth whitening include in-office bleaching or take-home kits. Both types of dentist-supervised treatments offer a safe and effective means of getting a brighter smile; the main difference is how long they take to produce results. A single one-hour treatment in the office can make your teeth up to ten shades lighter — a big difference! To get that same lightening with at-home trays, it would take several days. On the plus side, the take-home kit is less expensive, and can achieve the same results in a bit more time.

It's important to note that not all teeth can be whitened with these treatments. Some teeth have intrinsic (internal) stains that aren't affected by external agents like bleaches. Also, teeth that have been restored (with bonding or veneers, for example) generally won't change color. And you can't necessarily whiten your teeth to any degree: Every tooth has a maximum whiteness, and adding more bleach won't lighten it beyond that level. Most people, however, find that teeth whitening treatments produce noticeable and pleasing results.

What about those off-the-shelf kits or in-the-mall kiosks? They might work… or they might not. But one thing's for sure: Without a dentist's supervision, you're on your own. That's the main reason why you should go with a pro if you're considering teeth whitening. We not only ensure that your treatment is safe — we can also give you a realistic idea of what results to expect, and we will make sure that other dental problems aren't keeping you from having a great-looking smile.

How often does Kathy Bates see her dentist for a checkup and cleaning? “I go about every four months,” she noted. “I'm pretty careful about it.” And if you've seen her smile, you can tell that it pays off. If you would like more information about teeth whitening, please contact us or schedule an appointment. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Important Teeth Whitening Questions Answered” and “Teeth Whitening.”

By Today’s Dental
April 14, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Teeth Whitening  

What you need to know about preventing stains on your teeth

Everyone knows that tobacco stains your teeth, and it’s obvious as you get older your teeth aren’t as white as they used to be. What’s not common knowledge are the foods which work to make your smile dull and stained. Your dentists at Today’s Dental in Houston, Texas Teeth Whiteningwant you to know what foods to avoid to keep your teeth at their whitest.

Your dentists at Today’s Dental recommend avoiding:

  • Black tea- you can try adding milk, or switching to white or green tea
  • Berries and cherries- try switching to light colored grapes
  • Red wine- try switching to white wine
  • Dark coffee- try adding milk or rinsing your mouth out
  • Balsamic vinegar- try limiting use to salad dressing
  • Tomato sauce- limit your intake because of the high acidity and pigment

Of course, if you consume any darkly pigmented food that may stain your teeth, including those listed above, you should always at least rinse out your mouth with water. This will get the food off of your teeth and limit staining.

Your dentists at Today’s Dental want you to know that ideally you should try to brush and floss after eating, however, that is not always possible. Try to carry a toothbrush with you to at least “dry brush” without toothpaste. This removes food particles and the friction of the brush will remove any light coating of staining material on your teeth.

If you do get stains on your teeth, or your teeth are yellowing due to aging, your dentists at Today’s Dental want you to know they can help with a professional strength tooth whitening treatment. Whitening treatments are a speedy way to lighten and brighten your smile. Treatments can whiten your teeth up to 8 shades and the results can last up to 5 years.

It’s difficult to avoid eating what you love, and who doesn’t want that first cup of coffee or tea? You can limit the staining by avoiding certain foods and drinks, or rinsing with water. If you have stained teeth, don’t worry! Help is just a phone call away from your dentists at Today’s Dental in Houston, Texas. Call today and enjoy a white smile tomorrow!