Teeth Whitening

Before and after photo of teeth whitening treatmentWhen your teeth are white and bright, they provide you with a beautiful smile. Over time, however, the whiteness of your enamel can become dulled. This can not only diminish your smile but diminish your confidence as well. Suddenly, you find yourself hiding your smile behind your hand. You may even avoid smiling or laughing altogether. At Gregory A. Williams, DMD, PC, we can restore the whiteness of your smile, and the beauty of your smile, with whitening procedures.

How Do Teeth Become Discolored?

There are several factors that can contribute to tooth discoloration:
•  Foods and beverages. Certain foods and drinks (coffee, tea, red wine, dark berries, curry) all have one thing in common: dark pigments. These pigments stick to the enamel of your teeth, dulling their brightness.
•  Smoking, and other tobacco products. Cigarettes contain thousands of chemicals. Two of these chemicals are responsible for discoloration. Tar is naturally dark in color. Nicotine is colorless until it comes into contact with oxygen.
•  Certain medications. Blood pressure medications, asthma medications, and some allergy medications can lead to discoloration. Other medications, such as doxycycline and tetracycline, can discolor teeth from the inside.
•  Your age. As you get older, your enamel naturally wears away, exposing the darker dentin underneath.

Can't I Buy Products at the Store?

There are numerous whitening products available at stores all over. Whitening toothpaste contains abrasives that scrub away at surface stains. Other products, such as whitening strips, gels, and pens, contain very low levels of bleaching agents. These products may be able to work for minor stains, but if you are looking to improve the whiteness of your teeth significantly, they will most likely be unable to provide you with the results you are looking for.

Chairside Whitening

At Gregory A. Williams, DMD, PC, we offer two types of professional whitening. Our first option is offered in our office. It is a procedure known as chairside whitening. We start by applying a gel on your gums, which acts as a protective barrier. We then apply the bleaching agent, which contains either hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide. We then shine a light over your mouth, which activates the active ingredients, enhancing their effects. In an hour, your teeth will be noticeably several shades whiter.

Take Home Trays

If you don’t want to have your teeth whitened in the office, we also offer take-home trays. With this option, we provide you with custom fit trays and a bleaching agent. You whiten your teeth at home, on your own time. The trays are designed to be worn for 1 hour a day for a specified number of days. Results are typically visible within a week.

How Do I Keep My Teeth White?

While professional whitening is effective, it is not permanent. There are things you can do, however, to ensure that the results last as long as possible:
•  Avoid, or at least limit, foods and beverages that can stain your teeth.
•  Follow those foods and beverages with a glass of water.
•  Drink through a straw (liquids will bypass your teeth).
•  Quit tobacco products.
•  Brush and floss regularly (and do not forget your twice-yearly dental visits).

Benefits of Whitening

Professional whitening offers numerous benefits:
•  Results are noticeable sooner.
•  Your teeth are several shades whiter.
•  Your smile is enhanced, and your confidence restored.
•  Years may be knocked off your appearance.

Call to schedule your consultation for teeth whitening

If discoloration has dulled your smile, and your confidence, call 503-620-2020 to discuss your whitening options today.

11820 SW King James Pl Ste. 40
Tigard, OR 97224-2481

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Tuesday: 7am – 3pm
Wednesday: 8am – 5pm
Thursday: 7am – 3pm
Friday: Closed

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