UPTOWN/GALLERIA: 713-322-8442 | MIDTOWN: 281-783-3227
UPTOWN/GALLERIA: 713-322-8442
MIDTOWN: 281-783-3227

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In-office tooth whitening

In-office tooth whitening is also called tooth bleaching if it requires the use of a bleaching product. It is the restoration of the natural tooth shade with the whitening which is beyond natural shade.

When is in-office tooth whitening required?

In-office whitening is also called tooth bleaching because it requires the use of a bleaching product. The agent uses an oxidizing process to increase the value shade of your teeth.

This process of showcasing the natural shade of the tooth can be achieved through removal of surface staining which has been caused by extrinsic factors like smoking, drinking sodas, red wine, coffee, and tea. The build up of tartar and calculus can also increase the teeth staining which is why a dental cleaning is always recommended first. The restoration of natural tooth shade may be achieved through having teeth cleaned in the dental office which is also called polishing and scaling. The tartar and calculus can be removed easily with the help of the professional dental cleaning.

Bleaching to whiten a natural shade is a common procedure done in cosmetic dentistry. There are many whitening options available to use professionally in the dental office as well as products marketed to use at home. These include but not limited to: bleaching pens, bleaching strips, laser tooth whitening and bleaching gels. Bleaching solutions may also include carbamide peroxide or hydrogen peroxide. There are some side effects which are associated with bleaching which includes increased sensitivity and possible irritation around the gums.

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Tooth discoloration and tooth staining

Teeth may turn dark if there is too much build up on the external surface, which then discolors the natural tooth color. Additionally, the tooth itself can discolor internally which is called intrinsic staining.

Extrinsic discoloration

The extrinsic stains may internalize because cracks or enamel defects can allow the staining to seep internally. It can also be the results of discolored dentin that is showing through the enamel. Other causes of extrinsic staining may include:

  • Dental plaque: even if it is not visible when it is at the tooth surface, the plaque can be stained through chromogenic bacteria like actinomyces species.
  • Calculus or tartar: if there is neglected plaque, it can calcify afterwards and it can lead on the formation of the hard deposit on the teeth and mostly on the gum line. The calculus may vary in color like brown, black, yellow or grey.
  • Tobacco: tobacco products produce tar and it is also found in the smokeless tobacco. The tar tends to form yellow, black or brown stains on the neck of a tooth, just over the gum line.
  • Chewing of betel
  • Some drinks and foods such as vegetables and other food products are rich in the xanthonoids and carotenoids which stain the teeth. The liquids that are colored such as red wine, tea, coffee and cola also can cause the discoloration.
  • Some medication such as antiseptic mouthwash will bind to the tannins which mean that it can stain the teeth with a prolonged use.
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Intrinsic discoloration

When there is a change in thickness of the dental hard tissue, it may result in the intrinsic discoloration. Discoloration may affect only one or two teeth, or it may be generalized and can affect several teeth. There are different diseases which had been known to affect developing dentition which can occur during enamel or dentin formation.

Possible causes behind the intrinsic staining are:

  • Fluorosis
  • Hperemia
  • Enamel hypoplasia
  • Dental trauma
  • Dental caries
  • Amelogenesis imperfecta
  • Dentinogenesis imperfecta
  • Minocycline and tetracycline
  • Alkaptonuria
  • Root resorption
  • Hemolytic disease in a newborn baby

Advantages of in-office tooth whitening

The advantage of using in-house tooth whitening is to get faster results, and it is one of the safest methods available. The tooth sensitivity can be more easily controlled since the dentist uses peroxide gels that don’t soak too deep into the teeth as with the older generation gels.

The disadvantages of in-office tooth whitening are:

  • It costs more compared to home options such as bleaching strips and trays.
  • The results sometimes are not predictable according to heredity and age or staining type on the tooth.
  • In-office tooth whitening cannot last forever. After the procedure, then the teeth will start accumulating the stains again. Some dentists will recommend at-home maintenance follow up with lower percentage bleach that may be kept over the teeth for longer period.

The right stains to be removed by a professional cleaning

  • Aging: as the time passes, teeth can be darkened because of grey, green, brown, yellow cast.  The yellowed teeth are capable to whiten at once.
  • Consumption of some foods like dark colored fruits and vegetables, soda, red wine or coffee.
  • Tobacco use

The stains that can resist in-office whitening

  • Teeth that have stain especially these which are not organic. They may fail to respond well to the treatment. Such teeth can look darker if the surrounding teeth are whitened
  • Trauma that had caused dentin to become dark
  • Using the tetracycline antibiotics which is ingested when the tooth are growing. The drug may bind chemically on crystalline structure on the underlying dentin or the enamel of the tooth
  • The overexposure of fluoride that may lead to fluorosis and this can discolor the tooth.

The options of in-office tooth whitening

The dentist will start by examining a patient and will take his dental and health history which include sensitivities and allergies. He or she should take time to observe soft and hard tissues, the condition or placement restoration. Sometime the doctor may require the use of x-rays in order to determine the depth and the nature of irregularities.

Whitening shade guide will be used in order to measure the tooth color. Such shades will determine how effective the procedure was by comparing the before and after shades. The procedure will require the use of light-cured protective layer and is painted carefully on the papilla or gums which will reduce the risk of suffering soft tissues and chemical burns. Your dentist at URBN Dental will evaluate your smile first and make the best recommendation that is best for you.

Trisha Hinojosa
Trisha Hinojosa
18:30 07 Oct 18
Very friendly staff who put up with my inane sense of humor. The entire team team spoke with me 1:1, including: Dental assistants, hygienist, dentist, and insurance admin (explained everything to me in detail including how my insurance works). They explained my x-rays to me, the effects of flossing correctly / incorrectly. I feel like they gave me the education I didn't get as a child on how to care for my mouth, and why it's important. I was doing good stuff for my oral health-- just not correctly or with a positive attitude. GREAT aftercare package.
Ji H Oh
Ji H Oh
15:19 22 Sep 18
I am usually scared of going to the dentist for my annual cleaning but I was completely blown away by the amazing customer service from the staff. Julia was extremely helpful and explained my dental coverage and out of pocket costs. Angela did an exceptional job explaining to me about the importance of dental hygiene and actually taught me how to floss properly. The office was extremely clean and upscale. Dr. Bridget was very sweet and great bedside manners. She explained everything about the treatment plan in a very thorough and concise manner. I was extremely impressed by everyone on the office and I cant wait to come back for my next appointment.
Joshua Parra
Joshua Parra
02:17 14 Sep 18
From start to finish great experience. Impeccably clean office, high tech tools, & friendly staff. Went to get my top teeth contoured/shaped. They did a Hollywood star job! I now, have a flawless smile. I even went back the next day for a touch-up on one tooth & they took care of it, graciously. If you want quality cosmetic dentistry inside the loop; look no further. These folks are the best in class.
Death Morgulis
Death Morgulis
16:23 12 Sep 18
Great place for all your dental needs. Very inviting and friendly staff. They are very knowledgeable and passionate about the work they do. I've been looking for a good dentist for awhile while neglecting my oral health, but now I think I've found my place. 10/10 would come back for a follow-up appointment.
Bianca Anderson
Bianca Anderson
17:05 05 Sep 18
Very friendly staff. The hygienist's were so knowledgeable and really took the time to teach you about your teeth, they gave my husband and I "homework" to improve our oral health. Love it! Angela was great, great sense of humor (made me laugh a lot) and very professional. Awesome job Nicole, very friendly and took the time to answer all the questions we had (love she was recommending eateries for hubby to take me :). Julia was great at the front counter very lively and knowledgeable as well. They all really took the time and customized everything for us. Able to get free electric toothbrushes but didn't have any in stock.
Michelle Campbell
Michelle Campbell
19:53 20 Jun 18
Excellent service. Great first impression! Best cleaning I've had in several years, my mouth feels amazing. They even took the time to show me how to brush more effectively. My teeth are back to being pearly white. They were very knowledgeable in regards to my insurance and I've had no issues. The service there is impeccable!
Allie Hackett
Allie Hackett
18:47 19 Jun 18
I am not the biggest fan of the dentist, however this was the BEST dentist experience I have ever had! Everyone was so kind and I got everything I needed done in one visit! They provided super helpful insight about what was going on with my teeth and took care of everything I needed quickly. I will absolutely be returning! 🙂
Andrea Andrea
Andrea Andrea
17:15 20 May 18
Love the location, the dentist AND the staff. Everyone there is awesome. It's rare that I leave a dentist office feeling just as good as when I arrive. I was sad I didn't get to see Snickers, but all in all I had a great experience my first time here. Glad to finally have a new "home" dentist since moving to Texas.
Andrew Nguyen
Andrew Nguyen
14:17 10 May 18
Beautiful location and office. Very friendly and welcoming staff! I had a great time conversing with them about movies and music. Dr. Nguyen and his staff were very knowledgeable and stressed the importance of making sure the patient knew what their game plan was. The office is very high tech as well so it was super cool to know that I was getting the latest tech being use on me.
Nonna Beetge
Nonna Beetge
14:21 24 Apr 18
The staff is wonderful, very friendly and informative. I love how they not only take X-rays, but also photos of all your teeth and put them on the big screen. They spent as much time as I needed to go over each area and explain specifics of each tooth. I definitely have a greater understanding of what is going on in there and what I need to do. I also love their space, it has a calming vibe with all kinds of artwork on display. You almost feel like you’re not at the dentist! Thank you all so much, I look forward to seeing you all again! (Said no one to their dentist 😉 )
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Our patients love being treated at our locations, with consistent 5-star ratings across the board.
See what they have to say about our dentists and dental team.

Very knowledgeable and informative, explaining all your x-ray and imagery and in creating a course of treatment. The staff is friendly and definitely concerned with their patients. Comfortable environment.

I am not the biggest fan of the dentist, however this was the BEST dentist experience I have ever had! Everyone was so kind and I got everything I needed done in one visit!

Excellent service. Great first impression! Best cleaning I’ve had in several years, my mouth feels amazing. They even took the time to show me how to brush more effectively. My teeth are back to being pearly white.

They were very prompt and professional. I felt very comfortable in the visit. They have good exam specials without any hidden fees. I have found me a permanent dentist office. Thanks URBN staff.

URBN Dental provided great service and they were all so nice. They did a great job communicating with me and i would recommend to all.

I had a root canal and a crown done here, the entire process took about an hour. Will be back in 2 weeks for my final crown! Great doctor, great staff.

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