Teeth Whitening In San Antonio, TX 78201

What is teeth whitening?

Teeth whitening, as the name suggests, is the process of lightening (or whitening) the shade of your teeth. This process is done in a dentist office or at home. However, if it’s done at home, it is monitored by your dentist. There are a couple of different ways to whiten your teeth and whether or not someone is eligible varies.

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How is teeth whitening done?
Teeth whitening is often done using trays and serums.

There are two kinds of serums that can be used: bleaching and non-bleaching.

Non bleaching serums whiten the teeth a few shades lighter by removing surface stains. These stains are not deep enough into the tooth enamel to require a chemical such as bleach. They restore the teeth back to their natural color that is cohesive with the rest of your mouth!

Bleaching methods are used to bring teeth to that bright white shade that’s not natural looking but is beautiful! Bleaching serums are often used when it’s clear the patient has deep, set-in stains that need to be removed. Often times, bleaching serums are used as the second step when non-bleaching serums don’t seem to do the trick.

Once you know which kind of serum you’re using, your dentist will give you trays, often made of resin, that are custom made to fit your teeth shape. The serum will go into the trays and the trays will fit snuggly over your teeth. You’ll usually wear them overnight if you take them home or you’ll wear them for up to an hour in a dentist office. The purpose is to give the serum time to sit and remove the stains.

Why would I need teeth whitening?

Teeth whitening is ideal for someone who has stained teeth. The underlying cause of the stain can be from a variety of factors, but the most common reasons are:

  • Poor oral hygiene
  • Stains from wearing braces
  • Genetics
  • Smoking stains

Those are often the top four reasons people will consider getting their teeth whitened professionally by their dentist.

Who is eligible for teeth whitening?
As long as your teeth and mouth are in proper health, you are likely eligible for teeth whitening. If you have any of the following health conditions, you’ll need to approach teeth whitening with caution:

  • Gum or tooth sensitivity
  • Low tooth enamel
  • Fragile teeth that are prone to breaking
  • Oral health diseases
  • If you have had chemotherapy or radiation

Additionally, if you currently have braces or retainers, you cannot get your teeth whitened. If you have veneers, dental crowns, or fillings on the front of your teeth, you should stay away from whiteners as well.

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