Teeth Whitening

Idea Dental

General Dentists located in Northline, Houston, TX

Whitening your teeth is one of the quickest ways to improve the appearance of your smile. The professionals at Idea Dental in the Northline neighborhood of Houston, Texas, offer safe, affordable, and effective teeth whitening treatments to give your smile a total makeover. To learn more, schedule a consultation today by calling the office or booking a visit online.

Teeth Whitening Q&A

Why aren’t my teeth whiter?

Your teeth can lose their luster for many reasons. Eating and drinking too many foods and beverages with dark pigments, like coffee, soda, and berries, commonly leads to staining on your teeth. Consuming tobacco products, like cigarettes and chewing tobacco, also leads to discoloration on your enamel.

Medications can also play a role in the color of your teeth. Certain antipsychotics and antihistamines can cause stains, as well as certain antibiotic use before you’ve turned eight years old.

Age also plays a factor in the whiteness of your teeth, since your tooth enamel gradually thins as you get older. When your enamel gets thinner, it makes the soft inner layer of your teeth (dentin) to show through. Your dentin naturally turns yellow as you age, and the combined effect of thinning enamel and aging dentin can make your smile look dull and discolored.

How do you whiten my teeth?

Idea Dental offers two different types of teeth whitening systems to give you the lustrous smile you’ve always dreamed of:

Laser teeth whitening

Laser teeth whitening is the quickest way to whiten your smile. Your dentist uses special tools to protect your gums, lips, and cheeks before carefully applying a professional-grade whitening solution to your teeth. 

Then, they shine a special BIOLASE® laser on your smile. The laser initiates a chemical reaction in the whitening solution that makes it penetrate deeper into your enamel, where it breaks up tougher stains. Laser teeth whitening can give you a smile that’s up to 12 shades whiter in as little as 20 minutes.

Take-home trays

Take-home trays allow you to whiten your teeth on your schedule and from the convenience of your home. Idea Dental provides you with a custom-fitted whitening tray that’s been designed from an impression of your smile and a professional-strength whitening solution. You fill your custom trays with the whitening solution and wear them for a prescribed amount of time, giving you a noticeably whiter smile within just a matter of weeks.

Should I whiten my smile with store-bought products?

You should never use store-bought products to whiten your smile. Over-the-counter whitening strips and trays can be attractive since they are often cheap. These products end up being ineffective at best and can potentially be harmful to the health of your smile.

The whitening solution in generic strips and trays isn’t nearly as strong as what the professionals at Idea Dental use, so your whitening results won’t be as pronounced. And because the strips and trays aren’t designed for your particular smile, they don’t do a great job at keeping the whitening gel in constant contact with your teeth. This leaves the whitening gel to frequently leak out and irritate your gums.

If you want a truly white smile with a safe and effective procedure, get it done by a professional. Schedule your teeth whitening visit with the team at Idea Dental today by calling the office or booking an appointment online. book online