Des Moines Teeth Whitening

Teeth whitening Q & A

Having a brighter and whiter smile can improve your smile and boost your confidence.

Why are my teeth yellow or gray? And what is teeth whitening?

Enamel is translucent meaning light can pass through to the dentin layer underneath, which is naturally yellow. As you age, your dentin will become darker and therefore your teeth will appear more yellow or grayish. Certain foods and drinks, such as berries, red wine, tea and coffee will also stain your teeth. If you are unhappy with the color of your teeth and desire a whiter smile then teeth whitening may be the solution for you. Teeth whitening uses chemical agents placed on your teeth to penetrate your enamel and break down stain molecules. There are two ways to whitening your teeth. The first way is using over the counter products such as whitening strips. These whitening strips are a one size fits all, and may not fit securely against your teeth resulting in whitening solution contacting your gums causing irritation. The second way is to use custom made trays that our office makes for you.

What are steps for teeth whitening?

There are two appointments, both of which are short. The first appointment, your dental assistant will take an impression of your upper and lower teeth. These impressions will be used to make models of your teeth which custom trays will be made. You will return for the second appointment in about one week to receive your custom bleaching kit. Your dentist will go over how to use your bleaching kit.

How often do I need to re-touch?

Initially it may take a couple of weeks or months to get your desired whiteness. Once you are happy with the whiteness of your teeth, it is recommended to stop using your whitening solution. Depending on your behavioral and dietary habits, you may need to re-touch your teeth every 6 to 12 months.

How white should your teeth be?

A good rule of thumb is that the color of your teeth should match the white of your eyes.

A final word from Dr. Trung Phan:

Throughout your teeth whitening procedure, you may have questions that are not covered above. We will make sure to answer all of your questions and make sure you are comfortable during teeth whitening treatment. We love getting questions from our patients! Our goal is to help you preserve your natural smile for a lifetime, because your smile is your best asset!