Teeth Whitening

Ashley Smile Dental

Winifred O. Dike, DDS

General Dentist & Cosmetic Dentist located in Houston, TX

No matter how hard you try, sometimes your teeth lose their pearly whiteness. In some cases, it’s certain foods you eat or even just the natural aging process that dims your smile. At Ashley Smile Dental, Dr. Winifred Dike provides highly effective teeth whitening treatment to enhance your smile and boost your self-confidence. Teeth whitening can be done in the Houston, Texas, office or at home on your own time. If you’d like to learn more about how to reinvigorate your smile, call or schedule a consultation online today.

Teeth Whitening Q & A

What causes teeth to become stained or discolored?

As you age, normal wear and tear cause the enamel — the white outer layer of your teeth — to thin and reveal a yellow surface. However, a common culprit for stains, no matter how old you are, is what you eat and drink. Some foods and beverages are known to cause tooth stains, including:

  • Pasta sauce
  • Berries
  • Curry
  • Coffee and tea
  • Red wine
  • Mustard

Poor oral hygiene habits — such as neglecting to regularly brush and floss — can also lead to tooth discoloration.

How does teeth whitening work?

Teeth whitening is a treatment method that uses a bleaching agent to break up the concentration of tooth stains or discoloration, giving your teeth a whiter appearance.

At Ashley Smile Dental, Dr. Dike uses PHILIPS Zoom!® in-office and teeth whitening trays to enhance your smile. The active ingredient in Zoom’s whitening solution is hydrogen peroxide, a potent bleaching agent.

During a simple, 45-minute in-office procedure, you can whiten your smile up to 8 shades with Zoom. Dr. Dike applies the whitening solution to a tray that you wear, while an LED whitening lamp positioned overhead amplifies the results and accelerates the whitening process.

You can also opt for take-home whitening trays that you wear on your own time. Dr. Dike reviews a comprehensive schedule with you so that you know how often to wear them.

You can whiten your teeth several shades this way over the course of a few short weeks, but you’ll notice your smile getting whiter within one week of at-home whitening treatment.

How long do teeth whitening results last?

Your whitening results depend on how well you take care of your teeth afterward. Try to cut down on or avoid food and beverages that cause tooth stains. Also maintain your professional cleanings at the office and continue to brush and floss diligently.

Your results should last at least one year, and possibly several more years if you take good care of your teeth.

Is teeth whitening safe?

Yes, teeth whitening treatment is very safe when a professional like Dr. Dike performs the procedure. You may experience some minor tooth sensitivity directly after teeth whitening, but this should subside on its own relatively quickly.

If it’s time to touch up your smile, call or schedule a teeth whitening appointment online today.