A Look At Two Different Whitening Options

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When you have developed teeth stains on the surfaces of your smile, you may feel embarrassed about your appearance. But our team can offer professional teeth whitening to remove these stains, often in one visit. In today’s blog, your Houston, TX, dentist talks about the professional teeth whitening treatments in our office and options you can use from the comfort of your own home.

The Causes of Your Teeth Stains

Why do our teeth develop such unsightly stains? This could happen due to multiple factors, such as drinking lots of beverages with dark pigments, like tea, soda, coffee, and red wine. Tobacco use could discolor your smile, as could foods high in sugar and starch, which promotes plaque buildup that makes discoloration more visible. Poor brushing and flossing habits can also lead to plaque and discoloration. As part of your treatment, we will examine your smile to assess the cause and severity of your discoloration, so we can choose the most appropriate teeth whitening treatment options.

In-Office Teeth Whitening

Our team can brighten smiles in-office in only one visit, so you can obtain results quickly, just in time for a big meeting, event, or even a job interview or first date. The process is simple. We will place a protective covering on your lips and gums and then apply the bleaching gel to the teeth. We then activate the gel with a light to break up and remove stains, brightening your teeth by multiple shades in as little as one to two hours total. For many, this is a great choice if last minute results are needed.

The At-Home Whitening Procedure

If you have more severe discoloration, we have an option you can use from the comfort of your own home. You stop by the office so our team can take impressions of your bite and create a set of plastic trays. You then take these custom trays home with you, along with several plastic syringes of bleaching gel. At home, you add gel to the trays and wear them for a set amount of time each day, over a period of one to two weeks. The trays ensure the results are even across your smile, and prevent the saliva from diluting your results. For some, teeth could be eight shades brighter! You then keep the trays and remaining gel for any necessary touch-ups in the months to come.

Keeping Teeth Bright

To help keep your teeth bright, we suggest a healthy diet, proper brushing and flossing habits, and visits for checkups and cleanings!


Our team offers treatments to help improve the overall beauty of your smile. To schedule an appointment, call Healthy Smiles in Houston, TX, at (281) 974-4494.

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