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

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.

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When is in-office tooth whitening required?

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

This process of showcasing the natural shade of the tooth can be achieved through removing of the surface stains which is caused by the extrinsic factors like tobacco, red wine, coffee and tea. The buildup of the tartar and calculus also can increase teeth staining which is why a dental cleaning is always recommended first. The restoration of natural tooth shade may be achieved through having the 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.

In order to whiten a natural shade bleaching is recommended. It is common procedure with cosmetic dentistry. A number of many techniques are used by the dental professionals. There is a plethora of the products which are marketed to use at home. The technique used will also include the use of the bleaching pens, bleaching strips, laser tooth whitening and bleaching gels. Bleaching method may use carbamide peroxide or hydrogen peroxide. This will break down the hydrogen peroxide. There are some side effects which are associated with the bleaching and they do include the increased sensitivity for the teeth and possible irritation of the adjacent gums.


Tooth discoloration and tooth staining

The teeth can turn dark if there is too much build up on its surface and this will hide natural tooth color or the tooth itself can discolor which is called intrinsic staining.

Extrinsic discoloration

The extrinsic stains may be internalized because of cracks or enamel defects. It can also be the results of the dentine which is exposed to extrinsic stains which is deposited in or on dental pellicle. The cause of the 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 at the teeth and mostly on the gumline. The calculus color may vary and it can be 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 gumline.
  • 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. Some factors behind this problem, they may act systematically or locally and it can affect single tooth and all the teeth which may lead to the discoloration like a result. There are different diseases which had been known to affect developing dentition, mostly during the enamel or dentin formation and it may lead to the discoloration. This may cause the intrinsic staining.

The 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 advantages of using tooth whitening are to get to the results faster and it is safest method that people can use to bleach their teeth. The tooth sensitivity that had been recorded before, it can now be controlled easily since the dentist uses peroxide gels which will not soak in the teeth too much as it happened with the old gels.

The disadvantages of in-office tooth whitening are:

  • It costs more compared to home options such as bleaching strips and trays.
  • The results sometime 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 the 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 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 will be and the shade are in 7 colors. The procedure will require the use of light cured protective layer and it is painted careful 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.

Hilary Rochelle
Hilary Rochelle
20:52 08 May 19
I’m so impressed with Urban Dental. Went having sever pain. New patient! The staff and dentist were amazing . So warm and caring. I will continue coming here for all dental needs. Completely satisfied in every way .
Ryan Zhen
Ryan Zhen
22:28 07 May 19
Just a few days after a visit with Dr. Bridget and I already feel the positive effects on my dental hygiene. She gave helpful and practical tips to brushing and flossing to make my routine more enjoyable. Everyone at URBN Dental Uptown was attentive and courteous to my needs from handling the insurance/financials to ensuring a pain/mess-free cleaning and filling. Looking forward to returning with improved dental health!
Lemond Deleo
Lemond Deleo
20:08 29 Apr 19
The staff here is extremely friendly and professional. From the very beginning, the staff greeted me with kindness and respect. My paperwork was filled out within 15 minutes and afterwards, the dentist called me back almost immediately. So the wait time for my first appointment was basically non-existent. I’m not sure if it’s normally like this or if it’s just a coincidence. Regardless, it was very nice to see the staff and dentists in perfect sync with servicing the customers as quickly and efficiently as possible. My first appointment here was primarily because I had a painful sensation on the bottom right of my tooth. It turned out to be a cavity as I expected. The dentist explained the procedure for a filling and I agreed to go through with it on my next appointment. Thank you for an honest experience that resulted in me learning what the problem with my tooth was.
Jennifer Bell
Jennifer Bell
19:59 29 Apr 19
Very satisfied with my recent experience at this dentist. As a first time customer, I walked in with low expectations, since I find this mentality to be effective for softening the blow if it turns out to be a disappointing service. Well, it turned out to be above average service from the staff at the front desk and the dentists themselves. They are all very professional and the dentists working here are patient when it comes to answering questions. I felt fully fulfilled after leaving the dental office. I’ll definireky be back.
Julia Bleck
Julia Bleck
14:21 05 Apr 19
I've never been to a more thorough and comprehensive dental appointment as the one at URBN Dental! They went over all of the photos and x-rays with me in detail to help explain all of the issues I had, and it's the first time I fully feel like I understand why I need to floss more consistently. They taught me how to properly floss and brush, and I even got a new electric toothbrush with my appointment. Would definitely recommend.
Rachel Richardson
Rachel Richardson
17:30 26 Mar 19
I was immediately greeted by friendly faces when i came in! Online scheduling and patient paperwork made it so easy to get an appointment with no waiting to go back to the room. Every person of staff from front desk, hygienist to dentist introduced themselves to me and took the time to explain everything they were doing. I’ve never had a dentist actually sit down and explain the biology behind flossing, bone health, nerve health etc. it was great to feel like I was being taken care of by true professionals. They were also very explanatory of exactly what my insurance covered and the cost breakout of all of my services. I would recommend this office to any of my friends and family.
Margarita Muro
Margarita Muro
01:28 21 Feb 19
The URBN Dental office is very beautiful! It is modern with natural wood and emerald green elements. I went in for my regular cleaning and exam after looking up 5+ dental offices in the area. I recently moved to uptown and am extremely happy to have found URBN Dental. The Hygienist, Angela, did not only give my advice in regards to my dental hygiene techniques, she educated me which made me more eager to go home and carry out my new routine. Dr. Bridget was very kind, answered all my questions, and gave me a great referral for my wisdom teeth extractions. I will be returning for all of my preventative and general dental needs!
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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