Teeth Whitening

Teeth Whitening in Houston TX

Teeth Whitening

At Lynn Alan Palmer, DDS we provide teeth whitening services for our patients. Teeth whitening is a quick and painless way to spruce up your smile. Whitening your teeth can help remove colors and stains and have them looking fresh and clean.

Teeth whitening is one of the most common and popular types of cosmetic dentistry. That is because it can be outrageously simple and quick while really changing the look of your teeth. It can be performed in office or even at home with products provided by Dr. Lynn Alan Palmer.

Our teeth have an outer layer that is called enamel. Enamel is what protects your teeth from wear and tear. Over time enamel itself gets a beating and can pick up colors and stains. What we see as our tooth color is actually light reflecting off of enamel and all its bumps.

Everyone’s enamel is different. It can be thick or thin, smooth or rough, and even show the tooth beneath it. All these physical traits effect how it can appear. Enamel has pores and pores can pick up stains, which is what can keep your tooth from looking their pearly best.

Reasons why teeth become stained:

  • Drink dark colored or corrosive liquids like coffee, soda, and tea.
  • Poor oral hygiene
  • Tobacco use

As you age it is also normal for teeth to become less bright. Enamel gets thinner and more see through as well.

There are two types of teeth whitening that we can provide at Lynn Alan Palmer, DDS.

Vital Whitening

A powerful tooth whitening gel containing hydrogen peroxide is applied to your teeth. Then a laser is directed toward your teeth from 30 to 90 minutes for maximum effect. It can take a few appointments to get a full change in your teeth. This is because all stains are different and some might not respond as quickly as others to the treatment.

Non-Vital Whitening

Sometimes the stains on your teeth are on the inside, not the outside. If that is the case you need a bit of a different treatment for that. A whitening agent will be placed inside of the teeth instead of on it and then have a temporary filling over it for a few days. It can be repeated as needed.