Teeth Whitening

Central Texas Pediatric Dentistry

Pediatric Dentists & Special Needs Dentists located in Lakeway, TX & Austin, TX

No one wants stained, yellow teeth. Fortunately, Steve Hernandez, DDS, and Angie Hernandez, DDS, offer expert teeth whitening treatments at Central Texas Pediatric Dentistry in Lakeway and Austin, Texas. In one hour-long in-office procedure, you can have a bright white smile. Call Central Texas Pediatric Dentistry to make an appointment today and learn about teeth whitening.

Teeth Whitening Q&A

How did my teeth get stained?

In many cases, the food and drinks that you put into your mouth cause tooth discoloration. For example, coffee, tea, and red wine are common teeth staining culprits. Additionally, cigarettes and other tobacco products can stain your teeth. Trauma to your teeth, decay, and certain medicines like tetracycline can also cause tooth discoloration. 

What is teeth whitening?

Teeth whitening is a treatment to lift stains from your teeth. Central Texas Pediatric Dentistry offers in-office and at-home teeth whitening treatments. Both use a hydrogen peroxide gel to remove the stains from the surface of your teeth.

If you have deep internal tooth staining, a topical teeth whitening treatment might not be the best way to correct tooth discoloration. Your dentist might recommend dental crowns or veneers to cover your discolored teeth.

What happens during a teeth whitening treatment?

If you have an in-office teeth whitening treatment, you can expect to spend about an hour at Central Texas Pediatric Dentistry. Your dentist begins by cleaning your teeth and making sure you don’t have any cavities or other dental issues that need treatment before the whitening process. 

Then, they place a soft rubber guard into your mouth that holds your lips out of the way. Then, they carefully paint the hydrogen peroxide solution onto your teeth. Finally, they direct a special light onto your teeth that activates the gel. When your procedure is complete, your dentist removes the gel and the mouthguard, and you go home with a beautiful white smile.

However, if you opt for at-home treatment, your dentist provides dental trays and hydrogen peroxide gel to use at home. The gel isn’t as strong as the gel used during an in-office treatment, so you will need to wear the gel-filled trays for an hour a day for up to two weeks. Your dentist gives you customized instructions for at-home teeth whitening. 

How should I take care of my teeth after teeth whitening treatment?

Your teeth might be sensitive after a teeth whitening treatment, but it should subside within a few days. You should continue to brush and floss your teeth regularly. Teeth whitening isn’t permanent, so, for example, if you continue to drink coffee, tea, or dark soda, your teeth will become discolored again. 

Call Central Texas Pediatric Dentistry to make an appointment today!