Teeth Whitening

Teeth discoloration can affect your confidence and natural tendency to smile. As a general dentist in Houston, Dr. Shirley Parikh offers advanced, thorough teeth whitening systems that may take more than an hour but will yield optimal results. Bristles Family Dentistry uses gold standard trays that will help truly whiten your teeth. Contact the office to schedule an appointment, or book online to start on the path to achieving a bright, confident smile.


Teeth Whitening Q & A

What kinds of whitening systems exist?

Various whitening systems are available to provide patients with options, both over-the-counter kits and in-office treatments from Dr. Shirley Parikh. Over-the-counter solutions include:

  • Whitening toothpaste
  • Strips
  • Trays
  • Gels
  • Rinses

However, the most effective method for getting rid of stains is an in-office treatment. Dr. Parikh uses gold standard whitening trays that are customized to fit your teeth for the best results.  She also uses dispense gel, a whitening solution that battles stains and is applied to the trays before Dr. Parikh places them over your teeth.

How do at-home and in-office teeth whitening treatments differ?

There are a few factors you may want to consider to determine if an at-home teeth whitening procedure will suffice for you. The strength of the bleaching agent makes a dramatic difference in the whitening process. In-office treatments involve higher concentrations of hydrogen peroxide compared to at-home systems, making the whitening gel more effective.

Professionally done, the team at Bristles Family Dentistry will customize whitening trays from your teeth impressions to achieve maximum contact with the surface of your teeth while minimizing contact with your gums.

Also, consider the costs versus benefits: Over-the-counter bleaching kits are less expensive, but an in-office treatment from Dr. Parikh will provide you with a secure, supervised process.

How long do the whitening effects last?

Whitening systems work best on natural teeth, but the effects aren’t permanent. Naturally, exposing your teeth to certain foods and beverages will gradually reverse the effects of whitening. Beverages that are notorious for staining teeth include:

  • Coffee
  • Red wine
  • Cola
  • Tea

Tobacco products also stain your teeth. Incessant use can fade whitening effects in as little as one month, but avoiding food and drinks that are prone to staining can sustain whiteness for a year or more. You can also protect the effects of teeth bleaching through:

  • Proper oral hygiene
  • Regular professional teeth cleanings
  • Using toothpaste that contains whitening agents

Who should avoid whitening procedures?

Individuals in certain situations are not recommended to undergo teeth whitening, including:

  • Children under age 16
  • Pregnant or lactating women
  • Patients with sensitive teeth or gums
  • Anyone with receding gums
  • Patients who have gum disease, worn enamel, cavities, or exposed roots

Contact Bristles Family Dentistry with any questions or concerns you may have about professional teeth whitening procedures.



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