In-Office Teeth Whitening
By Hill-Davis Dental Group
August 25, 2021
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: teeth whitening  

If you are looking to improve your smile and have otherwise healthy dental habits, you should consider teeth whitening from your Lubbock, TX, dentists. They can provide much better results, much faster, and in a safe environment as opposed to over-the-counter whitening treatments. Learn more about in-office whitening by getting in contact with Dr. Camie Davis and Dr. Kourtney Kouth of Hill-Davis Dental Group.

How Whitening Works

Most common stains on our teeth are caused by colorful foods. Besides certain fruits, coffee and tea can also cause stains, and so can tobacco. The pigments of these adhere themselves to the enamel of our teeth.

Whitening treatments typically attack these stains by breaking them up, making them less visible and your teeth whiter. Over-the-counter products often use the same chemicals as your dentist to accomplish this task, but the ones used in the office are of a higher concentration. It is performed in a safe environment, as these can potentially damage your gums without the proper protection.

Unsuitable Stains

Stains that may not benefit from teeth whitening are those that are due to trauma, medication, or age. Whitening targets the enamel, the outer layer of the tooth. Dentin resides just below this layer and it is naturally of a slightly darker color than enamel. When injuries occur to the tooth, it may build more dentin to protect itself making it more visible. The same thing occurs with age as the enamel wears over time and becomes thinner. Your dentist may have options for these cases, such as using a veneer or a crown for the affected tooth.

Teeth Whitening in Lubbock, TX

Although teeth whitening in Lubbock, TX, may not solve all stain problems, for most it can dramatically transform the appearance of your smile. To get started, or to consider alternatives, schedule an appointment today with Dr. Davis and Dr. Kouth of Hill-Davis Dental Group by dialing (806) 793-0651.