Family, General Dentistry – Dallas TX – Dentist Mark S. Geyer – Texas 75206

8350 N. Central Expressway, Suite G-105 · Dallas, TX 75206 · P 214.363.9627 · F 214.932.1751 ·

illustration of effects of teeth whitening

Teeth WhiteningEverybody loves a bright white smile, and there are a variety of products and procedures available to help you improve the look of yours.

Many people are satisfied with the sparkle they get from brushing twice daily with fluoride toothpaste, flossing once a day, and regular cleanings at the dentist's office. However, if you decide you would like to go beyond regular care to make your smile look brighter, you should investigate all of your options.

Finding the Best Treatment for You

Schedule a visit with Dr. Geyer to learn whether whitening procedures would be effective for you. Whiteners do not correct all types of discoloration. For example, yellowish teeth will probably bleach well, brownish teeth may bleach less well, and grayish teeth may not bleach well at all. Likewise, whitening may not enhance your smile if you have had tooth-colored fillings or crowns. The whitener will not affect the color of these materials and they will stand out in your newly whitened smile. In these cases, you do have other options, such as porcelain veneers.

Tooth Whitening Treatments

  • Professional teeth whitening with Dr. Geyer
  • At-home whitening system
  • Whitening toothpaste
When selecting a whitener or any dental product, be sure to look for the ADA Seal of Acceptance — your assurance that a product has met ADA standards of safety and effectiveness.

Professional Teeth Whitening

Professional teeth whitening at our office is your best choice when you need immediate whitening results. This procedure is called chair-side bleaching and may require more than one office visit. Each visit may take from sixty to ninety minutes.

During chair-side bleaching, we will apply either a protective gel to your gums or a rubber shield to protect the oral soft tissues. A bleaching agent is then applied to the teeth and a special light may be used to enhance the action of the agent. In our office, we presently use the Colgate professional whitening system.

At-Home Whitening System

There are several types of products available for use at home. Teeth whitening trays (mouthguards), strips, or paint-on products are available over the counter. We recommend Day White/Nite White by Discus Dental or Opalescence for the best results at home. Both of these products are available at our office and should be used with teeth whitening trays. If you obtain the bleaching solution from our office, we will make a custom-fitted mouthguard for you that will fit your teeth precisely.

Teeth whitening trays contain peroxide(s) which actually bleach the tooth enamel. Carbamide peroxide is the bleaching agent and comes in several different concentrations (10%, 16%, and 22%). Peroxide-containing whiteners typically come in a gel and are placed in a mouthguard. Usage regimens vary, so check with us for instructions. Some products are used twice a day for 2 weeks, while others are intended for overnight use for 1-2 weeks. Currently, only dentist-dispensed, home-use, 10% carbamide peroxide tray-applied gels carry the ADA Seal.

Teeth whitening can have minor side-effects and you should speak with Dr. Geyer if these become bothersome. For example, teeth can become sensitive during the period when you are using the bleaching solution. In most cases, this sensitivity is temporary and should lessen once the treatment is finished. Some people also experience soft tissue irritation, either from a tray that doesn't fit properly or from solution that may come in contact with the tissues. If you have concerns about such side effects, you should discuss them with Dr. Geyer.

Whitening Toothpaste

All toothpastes help remove surface stain from your teeth through the action of mild abrasives. "Whitening" toothpastes in the ADA Seal of Acceptance program have special chemical or polishing agents that provide additional stain removal effectiveness. Unlike bleaches, these ADA Accepted products do not alter the intrinsic color of teeth.