Teeth Whitening Specialist

KRB Dentistry

Dentists serving the greater Rosenberg, Richmond, Sugar Land and Needville, TX

Nearly 75% of American adults believe an unattractive smile gets in the way of career success. Teeth whitening is a popular and inexpensive way to improve your mouth's appearance. To find out which teeth-whitening method is best for you, call or make an appointment online today with one of the experienced dentists at KRB Dentistry in Rosenberg, Texas.

Teeth Whitening Q & A

KRB Dentistry

What is teeth whitening?

Teeth whitening includes any procedure that lightens your teeth and helps remove stains and discoloration. While teeth whitening can dramatically improve the look of your teeth, it isn’t a one-time procedure. Periodic maintenance procedures help you keep the brighter color.

What are the different kinds of teeth whitening?

There are three categories of teeth whitening products, including:

In-office whitening

The dentists at KRB Dentistry whiten and brighten your teeth through a process that begins with a thorough cleaning. After your cleaning, a dental team member covers your lips and gums and applies the whitening product to your teeth to break up stains and other discoloration.

Dispensed for at-home use

The dentists at KRB Dentistry also offer products for you to use at home. Your provider gives you custom-fitted whitening trays and instructions for use. When done correctly, your teeth can become noticeably whiter within a week. Your dentist may recommend this type of whitening if you have sensitive teeth.  

Over-the-counter

Available at most drug stores without a prescription, whitening products are less effective than the ones provided by the dentist but may be used for patients with sensitive teeth. They are an economical option but take longer to obtain the desired results. Over-the-counter whitening products include:

  • Strips
  • Toothpaste
  • Pens
  • Gums

Whatever kind of whitening product you choose, it’s essential to follow the directions and inform your dentist at KRB Dentistry of any issues.

What causes teeth to become discolored and stained?

Your teeth’s outer layer is called enamel. When the coating of your enamel picks up stains, it causes your teeth to appear yellow or discolored. These stains may result from:

  • Certain beverages like tea and coffee
  • Age
  • Plaque and tartar
  • Tobacco use
  • Staining foods like pasta sauce, balsamic vinegar, curry, and berries

Teeth whitening is most effective on surface or extrinsic stains, such as those from food, beverages, and tobacco use. Substantial exposure to fluoride as a child, certain antibiotics, and tooth trauma also cause your teeth to darken but typically don’t respond well to traditional whitening procedures. The dental team at KRB Dentistry offers other expert solutions to cover this kind of discoloration.

For a brighter, whiter smile that can improve your self-confidence, call KRB Dentistry or make an appointment online today.