Teeth Whitening – Richmond, TX
Also Serving Katy, and Sugar Land, TX
We offer in office Zoom whitening. With Zoom whitening, it’s possible for your teeth to get up to eight shades whiter! This will help you reverse and coffee, food, and aging stains that you may have.
Your treatment starts with Dr. Jasmine Naderi checking your current dental shade, so that you can see your shade difference once your treatment is completed. After we check your shade, Dr. Jasmine Naderi will prep your mouth for the whitening and applies a gel onto your teeth.
To speed up the whitening process, we will shine a blue LED light lamp onto your teeth. This is repeated three times, and treatment is complete within 45 minutes!
Here are some common questions about teeth whitening that we get at Best Dental from our patients:
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) – Teeth Whitening
What is teeth whitening?
Teeth whitening is a cosmetic elective procedure to whiten your teeth within just a few hours. There are two main forms of teeth whitening: Professional teeth whitening that is performed at your dentist’s office, and take home trays where you have the ability to whiten your own teeth. Studies have proven that a whiter and brighter smile can improve your self-confidence, which can improve your personal and professional life.
Teeth whitening has become one of the most important cosmetic procedures because it gives patients quick results to achieve the beautiful smile that they are looking for.
Do I need teeth whitening procedure?
If you suffer from yellow teeth, or if you are a heavy wine or coffee drinker, then teeth whitening may be a great option for you. As we get older, our teeth stain as well which is why we at Best Dental perform many teeth whitening procedures on our older population.
Some patients have dental fluorosis, which has discolored their teeth since childhood. For cases like this, dental veneers would be a better option to mask that discoloration as teeth whitening would not be an effective solution.
What are the different types of in-office profession teeth whitening options?
There are three main forms of professional teeth whitening options that are offered at Best Dental
- Zoom Teeth Whitening
- Venus Teeth Whitening
- Kor Teeth Whitening
All three forms do a magnificent job in whitening teeth, but we have noticed that our Venus system prevents post-op sensitivity. Zoom and Kor tend to cause your teeth to be slightly more sensitive for a few days after the procedure is performed.
How much is teeth whitening in Richmond, Sugar Land, and Katy Tx?
The average cost of teeth whitening in these three areas is $400. Prices may vary based on your treating dentist, and by how many shades lighter you want your teeth to get.
Does Dental Insurance Cover Teeth Whitening?
Dental insurance plans normally do not cover dental whitening sessions. We will check with your carrier to make sure that this is the case during your consultation appointment.
Are teeth whitening strips safe?
Yes they are. They contain very safe chemicals in gel form, which enhance your smile and whiten your teeth. If the gel gets on your gum tissue it can cause damage temporarily to your gums. This is why a lot of times it is advised to get a professional whitening by a clinician like Dr. Jasmine Naderi to protect your gum tissue as your whitening procedure is performed. This will save you a lot of headaches, and allows you to be a lot more comfortable after the procedure is completed.
Can teeth whitening damage your gums?
In office whitening may damage your gums if the chemicals enter your gum tissue. Fortunately at Best Dental, we have materials that cover the gum tissue to prevent any gum damage from occurring. This is why we advise against take home whitening strips which can lead to severe gum damage and irritation that can take weeks to heal from. At Best Dental, we have materials to protect your delicate gum tissue to allow you to enjoy your whiter smile immediately after your procedure.
Can teeth whitening damage your teeth or enamel?
No it cannot. The gels are specially designed to remove staining, and not to damage and vital tooth structures. If you are a grinder or bruxer, and have had enamel erosion and wear over the years, then a profession teeth whitening can cause severe sensitivity after the procedure. This sensitivity may be indefinite as your dentin is constantly exposed to the outside environment.
Can teeth whitening cause permanent sensitivity?
Not for the majority of people. As mentioned earlier, those patients with severe grinding habits may be sensitive significantly more than the rest of us, and for a longer period of time after the procedure. Teeth whitening’s effects do not last indefinitely for most individuals. After a few days the discomfort will go away, and you will have a whiter and more beautiful smile.
Are whitening strips supposed to hurt?
Yes they can. Initially when the chemicals penetrate into your tooth structures they can cause sensitivity, especially to hot and cold. The sensitivity and the pain will eventually subside and you will enjoy your beautiful smile for a long time.
Is teeth whitening permanent?
No it is not. Staining will happen again. When your teeth will stain depends on home care and well you take care of your teeth. Most in-office whitening sessions last for up to 6-12 months. Foods and beverages that can contribute to faster staining include wine, juices, and recreational habits like smoking. Consistent home care including brushing and flossing can significantly slow down staining.
Can teeth whitening work on dental crowns?
No they can’t. Crown colors are permanent and cannot be changed. Since dental crowns are made of materials like porcelain and zirconia, dental chemicals cannot penetrate through these crowns, and hence have no affect on that shade of those teeth.
Can teeth whitening give you headaches?
There is no correlation between teeth whitening and headaches. Teeth may be irritated for a few days, but that is the extent of the discomfort that you should have after your dental whitening procedure.
Can teeth whitening get rid of stains?
Only internal stains (stains seen within the tooth structure). External stains on the surface of teeth will require a profession dental cleaning.
Can teeth whitening cause mouth ulcers?
Yes they can. If the chemicals get on your gum or cheek tissues they can temporarily cause blistering and tissue damage. These ulcers heal within a few weeks. A professional whitening at Best Dental will prevent any gum tissue damage with materials that we place on your gums for protection.
Can teeth whitening damage fillings?
No they cannot. Fillings are not damaged in any way from whitening gels or chemicals. The fillings will however not change color, so if you are in need to change the color of your dental fillings, then those fillings will need to be replaced.
How does teeth whitening work?
Teeth whitening consists of chemicals that penetrate into your tooth structure to dissolve the particles that are causing your teeth to stain. Substances are placed on your gum tissue to protect it from any chemicals that could harm them.
How does the teeth whitening light work?
The blue light seen with in-office whitenings helps the gel chemicals to penetrate into your tooth structure. This will allow the chemicals to break down debris from inside the tooth itself.
What is the cost of your in-office whitening sessions?
We charge $250 for our whitening sessions, which is an affordable alternative if your looking in getting your teeth whiter and brighter!
We hope these FAQs and answers helped you understand teeth whitening a little better! If you are near the Richmond, TX area and are in need for a whitening session (for a wedding, special event, or to improve your own confidence) contact Best Dental today to see Dr. Jasmine Naderi.