Teeth Whitening

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Effective Teeth Whitening Methods

Nowadays, people are more interested in teeth whitening than ever before. Daily consumption of coffee, wine, soda, tobacco and such are the most prominent contributors to teeth stain. Teeth whitening is more accessible now since these treatments can be performed in a dental office or in your own home. Therefore, it is essential to research what treatment will work best for you before committing to any.

Take Home Trays

Take-home whitening trays are a type of teeth whitening procedure that you can perform at the comfort of your home. This is an easy and cost-effective teeth whitening treatment that can be easily obtained. You must follow the instructions given by our dentist to see the results at home. Although they can be a convenient option, obtaining great results can take longer than other treatments, and they don’t always work well for deep stains. These trays are custom made to go over your teeth and whiten your teeth through a special gel that is found on the inside of the trays.

These trays, once made for you, can then be taken home as a teeth whitening kit, along with the guidelines given by our dentist. The time that they must remain on your teeth can vary according to your teeth whitening needs.


How Take-home Whitening Trays Work

Custom whitening trays are trays that are clear and are usually made of a clear plastic that comfortably adjust when inserted. A small dollop of the gel is inserted in each tray, giving them their whitening properties. The gel consists of a hydrogen peroxide solution that actively whitens the enamel of the teeth.

After they have been used and are taken off, they need to be cleaned with a Q-tip or cloth and rinsed. This, makes them  ready to be used again. It is not suggested to use them for at least another day, after each application.

These whitening trays can be used several times to obtain the desired results. Our dentist can further advice on how many times they should be used in your case. Also, you can have them customized to your needs.


Over the years, we have seen many teeth whitening options come forward. Some of them have used a multi-stimulus approach to teeth whitening and are generally considered more drastic than the whitening trays. Although more drastic, they are still harmless and provide excellent results. However, they must be performed at our dental office.

Zoom! is one of the whitening methods that have shown to be successful. Its results are quite impressive and can be revealed in as little as one session.


How the Zoom! In-Office Whitening System Functions

First, the dentist performs a comprehensive exam meant to highlight any dental problems that need to be addressed before getting a whitening treatment done. This guarantees that the Zoom whitening procedure works as effectively as possible and prevents any future damage to the teeth. If no such conditions are found, then our dentist performs a teeth cleaning procedure, priming the teeth for the application of the whitening gel.

Our dentist then applies mouth spacers to avoid the cheeks or lips touching the teeth. This is needed to protect the softer tissue from the whitening agent to prevent any irritation.

Then, the teeth whitening gel is applied to the teeth. This gel consists of a hydrogen peroxide solution that serves as the active ingredient to whiten teeth.

After the gel has been applied, our dentist focuses a bright ultraviolet light on the teeth. This light acts as a catalyst and causes oxygen to be produced through a chemical reaction within the gel. This oxygen permeates the upper layer of the teeth and bleaches them from within. The oxygen works to remove the stains both on top and within the enamel.

Next, our dentist cleans away the Zoom whitening gel, and the procedure is complete.

DDS Associates located in 6550 Fannin St, Houston, TX, 77030 offers you a variety of whitening methods to make your smile bright and glamorous. Feel free to contact our office today! 713-797-0846