Teeth Whitening Specialist

Lifetime Dental Care -  - Cosmetic & General Dentistry

Lifetime Dental Care

Cosmetic & General Dentistry located in Katy, TX

Everybody wants a whiter, brighter smile, and with professional teeth whitening, you can have it. At Lifetime Dental Care, W. Garry Waldrop, DDS, and the team rejuvenate their patients’ smiles with safe and effective teeth whitening treatments. If you want to instantly upgrade your smile, schedule a visit today by calling the Katy, Texas, office or booking an appointment online.

Teeth Whitening Q & A

Why are my teeth dull, discolored, or yellow?

Your teeth lose their luster for a number of reasons, including:

  • Poor oral hygiene
  • Consuming darkly pigmented foods and beverages, like berries, red wine, and coffee
  • Using tobacco products, like cigarettes or chewing tobacco
  • Medications, like certain antihistamines and antipsychotics
  • Early exposure to tetracycline antibiotics

Your teeth
also naturally get less white as you age. Your enamel (the hard outer layer of your teeth) wears down and gets thinner over time, while your dentin (the soft inner layer of your teeth) naturally gets yellow over time—the thinner enamel leaves the yellowed dentin more visible.

Genetics can also play a role in the color of your teeth since enamel thickness is actually an inherited trait.

How do you whiten my teeth?

There are two main types of professional teeth whitening: 

In-office teeth whitening

In-office procedures whiten your teeth under the Lifetime Dental Care’s team immediate supervision. They use special tools and protective coatings to keep your gums, lips, and cheeks covered up, then apply a professional-strength whitening gel to your teeth. 

In some systems, your dentist also shines a special light on the gel to help it penetrate your enamel and break up deeper stains. In-office whitening can brighten your smile by up to eight shades in a single, hour-long visit

Take-home whitening 

Take-home whitening allows you to whiten your teeth from the comfort of your home. Dr. Waldrop uses an impression of your smith to make custom whitening trays that fit snugly around your teeth. 

You fill the trays with a professional-grade bleaching solution and wear them for a specified amount of time each day, giving you a noticeably brighter smile within a matter of weeks.

Can’t I just use an over-the-counter whitening kit?

You should never use store-bought whitening products to bleach your teeth. The strips and generic trays in over-the-counter whitening kits aren’t designed for your unique smile, so the bleaching solution frequently leaks out and irritates your gums. 

And when the whitening gel does manage to stay in contact with your teeth, it’s not nearly as strong as what you get at Lifetime Dental Care, meaning your results won’t be as profound.

For truly exceptional teeth, you need a professional treatment. Schedule your teeth whitening appointment with Lifetime Dental Care today by calling the office or booking a visit online.