Teeth Whitening

Teeth whitening can give you the confidence you need to go forward and be your best self. No matter what you’re getting ready for — that big day, an important job interview, family photos, or the rest of your life. Your smile is uniquely yours; you shouldn’t be hiding it from the world because you wish your teeth were whiter. For the best teeth whitening Austin, TX can deliver, visit Dr. Carmona at Austin Prosthodontics.

At Austin Prosthodontics, we take as much pride in your smile as you do. We use the best materials available to consistently deliver beautiful smiles that people want to share with the world. Dr. Carmona is one of the leading cosmetic dentist in Austin, TX, and his expertise and patient-centered philosophy is sure to give you the beautiful, bright smile you’ve always wanted.

What causes tooth discoloration?

There are numerous causes for tooth discoloration and staining. You can either experience surface staining from things like smoking and coffee, or you can experience discoloration from the underlying dentin darkening. Determining the cause of your tooth discoloration is a vital part of determining the best treatment plan for you.

  • Food and drink: Drinks like red wine and coffee cause tooth staining because the pigments of the drinks actually adhere to the surface of your teeth, staining your tooth enamel.
  • Medication: Certain medications can cause tooth discoloration. These include antihistamines, antibiotics, and chemotherapy.
  • Tobacco: Tobacco use, particularly smoking, will discolor your teeth because the tar and nicotine will seep into the pores of your teeth and cause them to turn yellow.
  • Age: As we age, our enamel wears down, revealing the yellow dentin below.

Dr. Carmona will take x-rays and work closely with you to determine the cause of your tooth staining and discoloration to develop the best-individualized treatment plan to help you reach your aesthetic goals.

Why is it important to determine the cause of discoloration?

Not all discoloration is the same, meaning that it can’t be treated the same—types of staining and discoloration are distinctly different and may require different types of intervention.

For instance, yellowing caused by tobacco use is particularly difficult to remove because the yellowing can be very deeply rooted within the tooth structure. In this case, you may need to explore other cosmetic methods such as bonding or veneers. Some stains, however, may just require mild bleaching with an abrasive treatment to remove the surface stains. Dr. Carmona will talk to you about the reasons your teeth may be discolored in order to determine the appropriate treatment.

What types of teeth whitening are available?

At Austin Prosthodontics, Dr. Carmona provides high-quality, hands-on care that is individualized for each patient. As a result, we offer a few different types of professional whitening treatments to help each of our patients get the appropriate care on their schedule. Talk to Dr. Carmona about which professional teeth whitening procedure is best for you.

Because some stains are more stubborn or have underlying causes, Dr. Carmona may recommend treatments that will give you a whiter brighter smile with the help of bonding, veneers, or crowns.

If you are considering whitening your teeth with over-the-counter whitening products like bleaching kits and whitening toothpastes, you should always speak with Dr. Carmona before choosing a product to protect your oral health and get the best results.

In-office whitening: In-office tooth whitening procedures produce the best results that last the longest. Dr. Carmona will work with you to determine the perfect shade of white for you and closely monitor the process to achieve your desired results.

At-home whitening kit: Professional at-home kits offer you the convenience of doing the treatment at home and on your own schedule with the benefit of professional results. Ask Dr. Carmona if our at-home whitening kits are right for you.

How much does teeth whitening cost?

Teeth whitening can cost anywhere between $650 – $1000 depending on your individual treatment plan. Since this is an elective cosmetic procedure, most dental insurance plans won’t cover it. However, we partner with Lending Club Patient Solutions to offer payment plans that fit within your budget.

Investing in your smile is an investment in your self-confidence. To learn more about your payment options, call our Austin dental office today to talk to our patient care coordinator and billing staff. You deserve to have the beautiful smile you’ve always wanted.

Is teeth whitening safe?

Yes. Teeth whitening is safe when you have it professionally done. You should always have a professional exam before you whiten your teeth, even if you are choosing to whiten your teeth at home. Treating any dental concerns like cavities or chipped teeth prior to whitening will make whitening even safer.

Because some stains may require specific treatment or won’t be able to be lightened, talking with Dr. Carmona before whitening your teeth will help you set realistic expectations and explore any other necessary options.

Pregnant women should not whiten their teeth. If you are pregnant and want to explore your whitening options, talk to Dr. Carmona about the best treatment plan following your delivery.

Are you ready to get your most vibrant smile? Don’t wait any longer to love your smile! Call Austin Prosthodontics today at (512) 910-2864 or schedule your appointment online for the best teeth whitening Austin has to offer.

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