Professional Whitening – What Are My Options?

Summer is here! Brighten your summer photos with professional whitening in Plano, Texas. At Cox Family Dentistry, we offer a number of whitening options. If you want to lighten one or multiple shades, we can help you. Get the smile you want this summer!

Can I Use Whitening From The Grocery Store?

A celebrity style, white smile requires professional whitening. It is possible to use over-the-counter whitening products to brighten your smile, but they may not achieve the look you want. Why? As compared to over-the-counter products, whitening from Dr. Cox in Plano, Texas has prescription strength whitening gel and custom trays. Whether you use in-office or at-home whitening, the Cox Family Dentistry team will give you a strong whitening gel. Further, over the counter products do not fit perfectly to your smile. Each tooth has ridges and crevasse where food and bacteria can get stuck. Over time, the food and bacteria can turn parts of your teeth yellow. In order to remove these yellow stains, you need a whitening tray custom-fit to your mouth. Our custom trays forms to each tooth, pressing the whitening gel up against the tooth, turning the yellow stains white.

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Who Can Get Whitening?

The simple answer is anyone! However, that answer comes with a large caveat. You must have good oral health to get teeth whitening. Why? Underlying dental concerns can worsen during teeth whitening treatment. The chemicals in teeth whitening gel, especially perception teeth whitening products, can irritate cavities or gum disease. Not only will it cause damage, whitening with poor oral health which can be uncomfortable and even painful. Before any whitening treatment, even over-the-counter whitening, get a thorough oral health exam from Dr. Cox at Cox Family Dentistry in Plano, Texas. If you have any underlying dental concerns, Dr. Cox will address these before your pursuing teeth whitening.

Other Factors That Discolor Teeth

The most common reason teeth develop yellow stains is from consuming everyday foods and drinks. This cause can be corrected with teeth whitening. However, if you have a cavity or an internal stain below the enamel, teeth whitening may not help resolve this dental concern. Visiting Dr. Cox before any teeth whitening treatment can help you identify the source of the discoloration.

At Cox Family Dentistry, our team works hard to help you achieve the smile of your dreams. Visit our office to learn more about teeth whitening and how you can better your oral health.