There are many ways to prevent or slow down teeth staining. Avoiding cigarettes, caffeine, and sodas is one of the ways of keeping your teeth stain-free. The tobacco and tar in cigarettes contribute to darker teeth. Substances called chromogens in caffeinated drinks like tea and coffee also stain teeth.
At AK Dentistry in Houston, TX, we understand that prevention isn’t always possible. That’s why we provide teeth whitening to our patients. Teeth whitening is an excellent way of getting rid of stains and giving teeth their natural color back. We have a few ways of whitening teeth. Keep in mind that teeth whitening is completely elective. There’s no health hazard in not whitening your teeth.
At AK Dentistry, we use chemicals like hydrogen peroxide to break down stains and get rid of them. We apply these chemicals to teeth in specific amounts and periods. We understand that patients might be worried about the use of hydrogen peroxide. Rest assured that we use it so that it breaks down stains without harming your teeth.
One of the reasons we don’t always advocate the unsupervised use of commercial whitening products is that patients might inadvertently hurt themselves. We can give you instructions on performing teeth whitening in Houston, TX at home effectively but safely.
Using Zoom technology, we can whiten teeth more effectively. Zoom teeth whitening relies on Zoom light, in addition to hydrogen peroxide. The light breaks down stains and hydrogen peroxide more effectively. Zoom whitening can be completed in under an hour.
Patients undergo three sessions. Each session is 15 minutes long, and there are short breaks between sessions. It’s a quick and effective way of whitening your teeth in a single visit. We can also give you instructions on how to use products at home to get even better results.
Sensitivity toothpaste is prescribed to some patients. Teeth whitening is sometimes associated with increased hot and cold sensitivity. This effect is transient and can be alleviated with simple sensitivity cream. You’ll start to feel better in no time.