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Everything You Wanted To Know About Teeth Whitening

Everything You Wanted to Know about Teeth Whitening

At polishDENTISTRY we offer FREE TEETH WHITENING to all of our new patients who come in for their exam, cleaning and x-rays. There are several people who have bleached their teeth many times before and some who have never tried it. So before you come in to enjoy this procedure, we thought we could outline some of the different types of bleaching that we offer. Teeth whitening is a non-invasive cosmetic procedure that will leave you with a more noticeably whiter smile.

At polishDENTISTRY, we use an amazing brand called Opalescence. There are several ways to whiten your teeth, and which one you choose depends on your goals and lifestyle. All Opalescence products use either carbamide peroxide or hydrogen peroxide to bleach your teeth. You can only get this grade of product at a dental office, professionally delivered, as it is more than what you will get in over the counter products. Our bleaching products also use potassium nitrate and fluoride, which help maintain the health of enamel and reduce post operative sensitivity – We will get to that later.


For the most immediate results – we offer the one-hour in office teeth whitening. At this visit you will be seated in a room with a TV, so you can watch what you want while you whiten. Your lips will be retracted away from your teeth and a barrier will be applied to your gums around your teeth, which will make sure the bleach does not hit your gums. You will then have the bleach applied to your teeth for 30-40 minutes. Once this is completed we will rinse the gel off, remove the barrier and send you on your way 2-3 shades lighter. Now this is a great way to get you started, but if it is your first time whitening or you drink a lot of coffee, tea, red wine, or soda, then you will probably need some at home care as well.


Custom bleaching trays are an option for at home care. For this process, we take impressions/molds of your teeth and create a custom tray that you will use when bleaching at home. Syringes of whitening gel come with the custom trays, and you put just a small amount in the area of the teeth you want to whiten. You wear the tray in the comfort of your home for anywhere between 30-60 minutes each day. After a couple of weeks of use, you should see results of at least 2-3 shades lighter. Again this is great way to maintain your bleached smile throughout the year, done at your own pace and leisure.


Our “trays on the go” are another option for your at home care. This is great for the person who is on the go, whether with traveling or day to day hustle and bustle. These disposable trays are a prefilled and easy to take with you anywhere. The tray allows for the perfect placement of the gel-layered tape that goes around your teeth. You wear 15-60 minutes a day for up to two weeks. Again, the more often you do it the more results you will see.


Lastly is the aftercare. Once you whiten your teeth, you will naturally re-stain them. Things such as: habits (smoking and tobacco use), age, time, medication, and the things you eat and drink, will all contribute to re-staining and yellowing of your teeth. Your re-staining will determine how often you will need to bleach to maintain your peak whiteness. To insure you get the most out of your whitening, you can follow up with the Opalescence toothpaste. This toothpaste has a stain fighting power, and also a maximum dose of fluoride to keep your smile healthy.


  • Everyone will have different results and no amount of shade difference is guaranteed. The factors listed above will contribute to re-staining, and also effect how susceptible your teeth are to the bleach itself.
  • Crowns, bridges, fillings, bonding and veneers will not whiten.
  • Your teeth will be sensitive after whitening. This is very common and only lasts about 24 hours after you stop the whitening no matter, which procedure you chose. Everyone is different with how they respond to this hypersensitivity.
  • We do not have to use and light or laser with our Opalescence gel to whiten your teeth. This usually just contributes to dehydration of the teeth, making it more sensitive and for longer.
  • You should not bleach your teeth if you are pregnant, have active cavities or gum disease or exposed root surfaces.

Call our office in Midtown Houston today to get scheduled: 713-942-0101


This Post Has 13 Comments
  1. I’ve often hated my yellow teeth and wanted to get them whitened. Thanks for the advice about how you can do in home bleaching or go to a dentist and get it done faster. I’ll have to see if there is a dentist near me that does this so that I can get the teeth I want.

  2. You mentioned that an in-office whitening treatment is a great way to get you started, but if it is your first time whitening and you have a lot of teeth stains that you will probably need some at-home care as well. Do most dentists offer this kind of treatment for their patients? My wife has tried almost all the over-the-counter whitening treatments and hasn’t been too satisfied. Finding an experienced cosmetic dentist might be her best option.

  3. I didn’t realize dentists could create custom trays that a customer could use at home. That seems like it could be a great way to whiten your teeth professionally, but on your own time. I have been thinking about teeth whitening for a while. I want to have a smile that I am proud of and that gives me confidence. I will have to look into this!

  4. I have noticed that my teeth are becoming more yellow by the day and I would love to be able to whiten my teeth. That is really cool that you can get custom bleaching trays for your teeth. That would be great to have and use at home, and it only takes 30-60 minutes a day? That’s wonderful! Thanks for the information!

  5. I had no idea that your age had an effect on how your teeth lose their whiteness. It is important to understand that doing some research and understand how you can keep your teeth looking great can help you enjoy them as much as you can. We are planning on getting our teeth cleaned and whitened for our son’s wedding, so I’m glad I found your post.

  6. Teeth whitening is ideal for people who have healthy, unrestored teeth and gums. Professional bleaching is the most usual method of tooth whitening. Dental team will be able to tell you if you are suitable for the treatment, and will supervise it if you are. Before doing this treatment dentist will need to make a mouth guard and will take impressions for this at the first appointment and do treatment as required.

  7. I drink coffee whenever I can, and that’s pretty often. Now, I’m having troubles because my teeth ended up being discolored. It was great that you elaborated the different types of teeth whitening and help determine which is right for me.

  8. I had no idea that getting in-office tooth whitening would only last about 40 minutes. My teeth are naturally darker, so I’ve been seriously considering going to a cosmetic dentist. do you have any tips for finding a great one in my area?

  9. My teeth are pretty yellow and I’ve always wanted them to be white. As you said here, the best way to go about doing this would be an in-office visit to a dentist that offers the whitening service. I do drink a lot of coffee so I know that I would have to take your advice and follow some of the aftercare tips.

  10. My teeth are naturally a little more yellow and I have always wanted glistening white smile. Because of that, I want to schedule a teeth whitening service at the general dentistry. I have heard that people teeth are pretty sensitive after the service, I am curious what foods are good and bad for this sensitivity.

  11. I have been thinking about going and having teeth dentist work done. I used to be a big cola drinker and now that I stopped, I want to have a better smile. It is good to know that the crowns will not whiten, I might need the color changed after.

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