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Teeth Whitening Specialist

Parkway Dental Care & Orthodontics -  - General Dentistry

Parkway Dental Care & Orthodontics

General Dentistry & Orthodontics located in Garland, TX

Teeth whitening makes it easy to eliminate stains caused by tobacco use, coffee consumption, or poor oral hygiene. At Parkway Dental Care & Orthodontics, Hooman Lohrasbi, DDS, offers in-office teeth whitening using the Philips Zoom! System. Philips Zoom can make your teeth up to eight* shades lighter in just one appointment. To schedule your teeth whitening treatment at the practice in Garland, Texas, click the online scheduler or call the office today.

Teeth Whitening Q&A

What is teeth whitening?

Teeth whitening is a cosmetic procedure that uses specially formulated solutions to remove stains from your teeth. There are many types of teeth whitening treatments available, but Parkway Dental Care & Orthodontics offers in-office whitening with Philips Zoom!

Philips Zoom! combines hydrogen peroxide gel and light energy to oxidize the molecules within your tooth enamel. The oxidation process causes the molecules to lighten, making your smile appear whiter and more aesthetically pleasing.

What causes teeth to change color?

Most people experience tooth discoloration as a result of the natural aging process. Daily activities like biting and chewing cause your enamel to wear down, revealing more of the yellow dentin underneath.

Other factors that contribute to tooth stains and discoloration include:

  • Poor oral hygiene
  • Tobacco use
  • Oral trauma
  • Taking medication with tetracycline
  • Drinking dark beverages (ie: cola, coffee, or red wine)

You’re also more likely to develop stained teeth if you eat certain foods, like berries or tomato-based sauces.

What does teeth whitening involve?

At Parkway Dental Care & Orthodontics, teeth whitening is a brief, outpatient procedure that takes between 45-60 minutes. 

Before whitening your teeth, your provider covers your tongue and gums with a protective dam. Next, they apply a hydrogen peroxide gel to the surfaces of your teeth. Your provider lets the gel rest for 15-20 minutes and points a special light at your teeth. 

The light causes a whitening reaction that oxidizes the molecules within your tooth enamel,  making your smile appear brighter. Your Parkway Dental Care & Orthodontics provider repeats these same steps a series of times until you’re pleased with the results.

Will the results of teeth whitening last forever?

The results of teeth whitening usually last several months*, but it’s possible to extend them. Parkway Dental Care & Orthodontics recommends:

  • Brushing your teeth twice daily
  • Flossing your teeth before going to bed
  • Drinking beverages like black tea or coffee from a straw
  • Visiting the dentist every six months

To reduce the risk of discoloration from oral trauma, consider wearing a mouthguard if you play contact sports or work a physically demanding job.

Is teeth whitening safe?

Teeth whitening is safe and typically well-tolerated. Following treatment, you might experience increased tooth sensitivity for a day or two, but that should subside quickly. 

To receive teeth whitening treatment at Parkway Dental Care & Orthodontics, click the online scheduling tool or call the office today.