Teeth Whitening | Round Rock

What is Teeth Whitening | Bleaching

There are a multitude of different ways to whitening your teeth. Teeth whitening products include basic whitening toothpastes, over-the-counter whitening gels, whitening rinses, strips, trays, and whitening solutions that can only be performed by a dentist.

Bleaching your teeth is ideal for people who have healthy, gums gums and minimal dental work on teeth. The materials we use to fill your teeth and crowns are not affected by whitening products. People with yellow tones to their teeth typically have the best results.

How Does Teeth Whitening Work?

Both over-the-counter and professional whitening systems contain either carbamide peroxide or hydrogen peroxide. This chemical agent helps lighten the color deep in the tooth. The surface of our teeth are composed of millions of tiny pores in our enamel. These pores will absorb stains from various foods that we throughout our lives where no amount of brushing will be able to clean it out. The peroxide is able to penetrate these pores and remove the staining deep in those pores. 

There are a number of ways to bleach our teeth with varying results. Whitening toothpastes can lighten the tooth’s color by about a shade. Contrast that with prescription strength whitening performed by a licensed dentist which can make your teeth three to eight shades brighter.

What Type of Whitening Systems are there?

Whitening Toothpastes

Generally, all toothpastes help remove tooth stains, because they contain gentle abrasives. Toothpastes that are branded with whitening features contain polishing or chemical agents that add to the effective of stain removal in toothpastes. 

Whitening Strips

Whitening strips are clear peroxide-based gels you apply directly onto your tooth surface via adhesive. Instructions vary depending on the strength of the peroxide. You typically would wear these strips nightly for 30 minutes for 2 weeks with decent results. Results vary in both how light your teeth becomes as well as the duration of how long it lasts. 

Whitening Rinses

One of the newer products available are whitening rinses. In addition the helping whiten your teeth, these rinses also help fight bacteria that causes gum disease and cavities. 

Similar to all other whitening systems, these rinses contain a small amount of hydrogen peroxide. Manufacturers say it may take 12 weeks to see results. You simply swish them around in your mouth for 60 seconds twice a day before brushing your teeth. Due to the short duration of the contact with the peroxide, most professionals will agree that this will not be too effective but may help slightly over time.

Take Home Whitening Kits

Now we are getting to stronger concentrations of peroxide gels which should provide you with more significant results. These kits typically come with thermo trays that you would need to dip into hot water first and use to create bleaching trays. Once these trays are made, you would place a bead of peroxide gel in the tray and wear them for about 30 minutes.

Zoom Teeth Whitening | Round Rock

In office Zoom Whitening
Appointment time: 1 hour

Finally, for the best and most consistent results there is Zoom In-Office Whitening. Here we would apply prescription strength hydrogen peroxide gels as high as 35% on your teeth for about an hour.

  1. First we make sure you have your favorite Netflix show on since you’ll be stuck in your chair for about an hour
  2. We will polish your teeth to remove any soft plaque that would impede the gel from getting to the stains
  3. Next we protect your gums with a barrier that we set with a blue light
  4. Then we apply the first layer of professional strength whitening gel and turn on the Zoom blue light which will shine on your teeth
  5. We then rinse off the gel after 15 minutes and repeat two more times for a total of 45 mintues
  6. Once the final 15 minutes is up, we will take our the barrier and marvel at your new white smile!