Bright white teeth are the cornerstone of a beautiful smile, but age, genetics, lifestyle choices, and even medications can conspire to dull or stain your teeth. Oftentimes, the first thing a person will notice is your smile and what your teeth look like, so having a bright white smile can be pivotal. Our dentist, Dr. John Schmid, DDS is proud to offer teeth whitening in Austin, TX that can significantly improve the shade of your teeth in the safest and most comfortable way possible. To schedule an appointment in our Austin office, please contact us today at 512-329-5967.
Take-home teeth whitening kits provided by our Austin dental office come with customized application trays. This allows you to evenly whiten your teeth in the comfort of your own home and to have application trays on hand in case you need a touch-up before a big event. When used as directed, this treatment option can greatly improve the color of your teeth over the course of three to six weeks.
In-Office Teeth Whitening
When you visit us for In-office teeth whitening in Austin, TX, you’ll see first-hand how fast and effective it is. This treatment generally takes less than one hour and is capable of whitening your teeth up to eight shades. Because the solution used with in-office teeth whitening is professionally applied, contact with your gums and sensitive oral tissue is minimized. This can help produce a much more comfortable treatment and reduce your risk of post-treatment tooth sensitivity.
Professional Teeth Whitening vs. Store-Bought Whitening
There are many differences between our take-home kits and those available at retail stores, but the most significant are the quality of the solution and the application trays. Store-bought kits come with varying strengths of bleaching solution. Because this solution has not been matched to your needs by an experienced cosmetic dentist, it may or may not be effective at whitening your teeth. Even when it is effective, the application trays in store-bought kits cover only a portion of your teeth, and without any consistency. The result is uneven whitening and excess solution contact with gums and soft tissue, which can increase tooth sensitivity and other oral discomfort.
The kits from our office come with customized application trays, precisely matched to your unique teeth. This can reduce discomfort, enhance results, and help ensure your ultimate satisfaction.
There is no one solution that is right for every smile. Dr. Schmid will discuss all of your options and help you determine what best meets your needs during your initial cosmetic dentistry consultation.
What Causes Tooth Discoloration?
Tooth discoloration can occur due to a number of factors. Certain pigmented foods, such as curry and berries have been shown to contribute to tooth discoloration, as does the use of tobacco and drinking coffee, tea, or wine. Some medications, including doxycycline and tetracycline, as well as certain antihistamines, have been proven to cause tooth discoloration, particularly when they are given to young children.
Finally, age and genetics are both factors in stained teeth. As we age, the outer layers of enamel on our teeth wear away, revealing the yellow colored dentin beneath. And some people are simply born with brighter tooth enamel than others.
Does Teeth Whitening Hurt?
Store-bought whitening kits can sometimes cause discomfort and damage to your gums and the soft tissue in your mouth, due to one-size-fits-all application trays, which can lead to imprecise placement of bleaching solution. However, professional teeth whitening procedures minimize the contact of bleaching solution with your gums, and greatly reduce the risk of any discomfort during or after the procedure.
Are You a Teeth Whitening Candidate?
Nearly anyone is a good candidate for teeth whitening treatments. Our dentist will first need to ensure that your teeth are healthy enough for whitening. Or, more importantly, our dentist will determine if your teeth need general dentistry treatments in order to have subsequent whitening treatments.
This could mean that you need cavities filled or root canals performed prior to whitening. Additionally, tooth whitening may not work if your teeth are stained because of certain medications, so our dentist will first determine if teeth whitening is going to be effective on your teeth.
Benefits of Teeth Whitening
Endless studies have shown that those with white and clean-appearing teeth are more likely to get hired, get asked out on dates, and have raises given to them at work. Your teeth are typically one of the first things a person notices and having beautiful, healthy, and white teeth is a great way to ensure that people are getting a good first impression.
Healthy and white teeth can produce the following benefits as well:
- Improved self-confidence
- Propensity to smile
- Success at work
- Increased likeability
“Dr. Schmid is the first dentist I actually look forward to going to. The office atmosphere is very laid back but the staff is very professional and really makes you feel at ease. Dr. Schmid knows what he is doing and is very knowledgeable on the latest, cutting edge procedures. My husband and two children all see him. He has treated me for a cracked tooth he repaired 12 years ago and it is still good as new. My teenage son has had his teeth whitened after having his braces removed. He also did a wonderful job whitening mine and provided me with a very comfortable appliance to help prevent me from grinding my teeth at night. My husband received an implant that looks great. Dr. Schmid does great work! If you want beautiful teeth you need to see this man.” – A.D.
If you would like to learn more about teeth whitening in Austin, TX, please contact Contemporary Cosmetic Dentistry to schedule a free consultation with Dr. Schmid today. You can reach us by filling out our consultation form or calling us at 512-329-5967.