Teeth Whitening

Paola Family Dentistry -  - Family Dentist

Travis Howard, D.D.S.

Family Dentist located in Miami County, Paola, KS

Teeth Whitening
Dull, yellow, or stained teeth can detract from the beauty of a smile. Under the direction of Dr. Travis Howard, Paola Family Dentistry is proud to offer teeth whitening services that are fast and effective to patients in Paola, Kansas and the surrounding Miami County area.

Teeth Whitening Q & A

by Travis Howard, D.D.S.

Why do teeth get stains?

Tooth discoloration can come for a few different reasons. Some of the most common factors in tooth discoloration are:

  • Drinking of beverages with heavy coloring like coffee or red wine
  • Aging
  • Smoking
  • Some trauma
  • Some medications

What types of whitening are usually offered?

Most whitening procedures come in two different forms:

In-Office Whitening - If you are a candidate for whitening, your dentist may suggest a procedure done in office called “chairside” or “in-office whitening.” This procedure can be completed in as little as one visit. During an in-office whitening procedure, Dr. Howard will either a protective gel to your gums or a rubber shield to protect the oral soft tissues. A whitening agent is put onto your teeth, and a special light may be used to enhance the action of the agent.

Custom Whitening Trays - Custom take-home whitening products typically come in a gel which is dispensed into a tray or mouthguard. These trays can be made by your dentist to fit your teeth precisely. Usage may vary depending on the product. Some products are used twice a day for approximately two weeks, and others are intended for overnight use for one to two weeks.

How long do the teeth whitening effects last?

Teeth whitening is not permanent. On average, it takes anywhere from six to nine months after the initial whitening for wear to start showing. People who expose their teeth to foods and beverages that cause staining may see the whiteness start to fade in as little as one month. Individuals who want to keep their teeth white longer should take care of their teeth, eat healthy foods that don’t stain, and refrain from smoking. Individuals caring for their teeth the proper way and following the above recommended measures can get the most out of teeth whitening and maintain a gorgeous smile.

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