Tooth Whitening: In-Office Or At Home?

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If you are planning to whiten your teeth, the important first step is to settle upon a whitening method. It may seem like there are a lot of options, but they all use a peroxide-based whitening solution. At The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston we offer in-office whitening, and professional-strength whitening kits you can use at home.

The main difference between professional strength and commercial, over-the-counter products is in the strength of the bleaching solution and method of delivery. Professional strength is much stronger, surpassing anything you’ll find at the store.

Let’s look at the pros and cons of commercial versus professional teeth whitening.

Commercial Teeth Whitening Advantages
Generally less costly
Doesn’t require a trip to the dentist
May cause less tooth sensitive and pain

Commercial Teeth Whitening Disadvantages
Not as effective
Whitening appliances don’t protect gum tissue
Solution must be applied many times over a period of weeks

Professional Teeth Whitening Advantages
Same day results
Administered by a dental professional
Gum tissue is protected

In-Office Professional Teeth Whitening Disadvantages
More expensive

At The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston our in-office teeth whitening and professional-grade take-home kits have transformed countless smiles! We’ve whitened the smiles of people from all over East Spring, West Cypress, and Klein, who also rely on our complete general dentistry services. Call to schedule a transformative appointment with us today!

Contact The Gentle Art of Dentistry:

281-469-8029

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):


102 Vintage Park Blvd, Suite D
Houston, Texas
77070

 

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The Tea And Teeth Question

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Here’s a riddle from The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston: What do you call a dentist who doesn’t like tea? Why, Denis, of course.

Lame jokes aside, a common concern for patients is stained teeth. In this blog post, we’ll talk about a common cause of tooth staining: dark beverages, including tea.

Over time, tea can stain the plaque that may eventually turn into tartar. Plaque can be brushed and flossed away. Daily oral hygiene is vital.

Between cleanings, rinse with water after drinking tea. Be sure to brush and floss all surfaces of the teeth at the end of the day.

If the color of your teeth is still unsatisfactory after a professional cleaning, you may want to consider professional teeth whitening. We offer in-office teeth whitening, which can transform your smile in just one office visit. For those who prefer to control the process, we also have a professional-grade take-home kit.

At The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston teeth whitening and other cosmetic dentistry procedures can transform yellow or dull teeth. Call to schedule an appointment with us today!

Contact The Gentle Art of Dentistry:

281-469-8029

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

102 Vintage Park Blvd, Suite D
Houston, Texas
77070

 

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Let That Winning Smile Shine

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Everyone wants a winning smile, but as we age, it can get harder and harder to keep yours dazzling. If you’re grappling with yellowed, discolored, stained, or even multi-colored teeth, teeth whitening from  The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston might be the answer.

These irregularities are usually simple to fix. Having your teeth whitened professionally can be a huge boost for your self-confidence. You’ll look younger, and find it easier to make a positive impression on other people.

There are lots of whitening products you can pick up at the store. Rest assured, no strips, gels, or toothpastes can match the results you’ll get from professional whitening.

Our in-office whitening can lighten your teeth up to eight shades in a  single office visit. We also have take-home trays, which are ideal for those who prefer to whiten their teeth at their own pace.

Teeth whitening is just one of our cosmetic dentistry procedures at The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston. Call to schedule an appointment today!

Contact The Gentle Art of Dentistry:

281-469-8029

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

102 Vintage Park Blvd, Suite D
Houston, Texas
77070

 

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Should Houston Teens Whiten Their Teeth?

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Getting a smile just like their favorite singer or movie star might be high on your teen’s priority list. However, you may want to talk with The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston before buying an at-home tooth whitening product.

As with any cosmetic dentistry procedure, teeth whitening should be overseen by a professional. There are a number of variables that can influence the results such as an existing crown or teeth that have not yet erupted. Some medical conditions can cause teeth to darken. Your dentist can determine if tooth stains are a symptom of an underlying condition.

It’s always a good idea to stress prevention over treatments, especially with kids. Make sure your teen is observing sensible oral health habits. Make sure they understand that coffee, tea, cola, and energy drinks can stain their teeth.

And if they need another reason not to smoke, remind them that tobacco products will destroy their beautiful smile along with their lungs. Lastly, warn them of the dangers of oral piercings which include tooth damage and infection.

If you or any member of your family decides to use an over-the-counter teeth whitener, be sure to follow the instructions exactly as the bleaching agents used can damage your mouth and gums.

At The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston, teeth whitening is one of our cosmetic dentistry services. Call for an appointment today!

Contact The Gentle Art of Dentistry:

281-469-8029

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

102 Vintage Park Blvd, Suite D
Houston, Texas
77070

 

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Let’s Take Care Of Those Tooth Stains

Houston Teeth BleachingThe effectiveness of teeth whitening depends partly on the types of stains. At The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston, we get consistently good results.

There are two basic types of tooth stains.

  • Extrinsic stains are the simplest to remove. These surface stains have not yet penetrated through the enamel into the dentin. Extrinsic stains are caused by dark-colored foods and beverages, as well as tobacco. Time also takes a toll.
  • Intrinsic tooth stains appear from the inside out. Tooth injury or tetracycline are the usual culprits. Intrinsic stains are more difficult to remove, but it is possible.

We have a couple of options for our patients. The Kör Whitening System is a proven method that can lighten teeth over several weeks. We set you up with custom trays made from impressions of your teeth. The trays hold high-potency whitening gel against your teeth.

Alternately, we offer an in-office whitening treatment that can be completed in a single appointment.

At the Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston, professional teeth whitening can transform your smile and take years off of your appearance. It’s just one of our cosmetic dentistry options. Call to schedule an appointment today!

Contact The Gentle Art of Dentistry:

281-469-8029

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

102 Vintage Park Blvd, Suite D
Houston, Texas
77070

 

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Your Perfect Smile Is Only A Few Dental Visits Away

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What does it take to really change the way you look? Long hours at the gym? Expensive trips to a top salon? What about teeth whitening from the Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston?

You may not like going to the dentist, but you will love the results when we help you find the best way to whiten your teeth. Teeth whitening is a simple cosmetic dentistry procedure, but the dramatic results never fail to impress.

We can work with you to develop a teeth whitening regimen that will be most effective. This may include any of the following three methods:

  1. Bleaching in-office. Sometimes called chairside bleaching, a special light is used while a bleaching agent is applied to the teeth. A rubber shield or protective gel is used to keep your tender gums safe from the whitening agent.
  2. Bleaching at home. Even though this is done at home, the peroxide-containing whiteners used do have potential side effects, so it’s a good idea to discuss this with your dentist. Also, there are many at-home whiteners available, and your dentist can direct you to the best ones.
  3. Toothpaste with whitening properties. When a toothpaste carries the ADA Seal of Acceptance, it means that it contains special chemical or polishing agents. These will provide additional stain removal which complements the surface stain removal offered by all toothpastes.

At The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston, teeth whitning is just one of our cosmetic dentistry procedures we use to improve smiles every day. We also offer a wide range of general dentistry. Schedule an appointment today to find out what we can do for your smile!

Contact The Gentle Art of Dentistry:

281-469-8029

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

102 Vintage Park Blvd, Suite D
Houston, Texas
77070

 

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Lighten Up!

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Do you think your teeth are too stained for teeth whitening to have any effect? Think again! At The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston, we have never encountered a dull smile that we couldn’t improve.

Generally speaking, there are two types of tooth stains: extrinsic and instrinsic.

Extrinsic stains are surface stains, caused by dark colored foods and drinks, smoking, and normal aging. These stains respond somewhat to over-the-counter whitening products like toothpaste, but the whitening is usuallly minimal and doesn’t last long.

Intrinsic stains form on the inside of the tooth. Tetracycline, excessive fluoride, trauma, and aging can cause intrinsic staining. These stains are harder to remove, but it can be done. Most patients get the best results from professional whitening systems.

It be done! But once you have a brilliant new smile, you help keep it that way by taking good care of it. For one thing, don’t smoke. It really stains teeth, and of course is really bad for your health. If you drink something like coffee or red wine, rinse your mouth out afterward, ideally within thirty minutes, to wash away those substances that discolor.

At The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston, teeth whitening is just one of our cosmetic dentistry procedures. Call our office to schedule an appointment today.

Contact The Gentle Art of Dentistry:

281-469-8029

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

102 Vintage Park Blvd, Suite D
Houston, Texas
77070

 

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The Gentle Art of Dentistry Can Make Your Whites Whiter

The Gentle Art of Dentistry Can Make Your Whites Whiter

One of the most common requests we get at The Gentle Art of Dentistry is teeth whitening, one of our cosmetic dentistry services.

Everyone, it seems, would like to have teeth that are whiter. The good news is that it has never been easier to achieve. All you need to do to confirm that is take a look at all the whitening products that are available in any grocery store. From whitening toothpastes to strips and other products, there is a lot to choose from.

While most of the commercially available products to an adequate job whitening your teeth, they cannot compare to professional teeth whitening. And who wants to settle for adequate, anyway?

At The Gentle Art of Dentistry, we have two options: in-office whitening and at-home whitening. Our in-office whitening takes about two hours to complete, and leaves you with a brilliant, dazzling smile. The at-home whitening also delivers fantastic results, but lets you proceed at your own pace.

At The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston, teeth whitning is just one of our cosmetic dentistry procedures that improve smiles every day. Schedule an appointment to find out what we can do for your smile.

Contact The Gentle Art of Dentistry:

281-469-8026

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

102 Vintage Park Blvd, Suite D
Houston, Texas
77070

 

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