A Quick Guide to Teeth Whitening

teeth whiteningFeeling embarrassed by your own teeth can quickly sap you of your confidence. Therefore, if you are unhappy because of staining or yellowing, you have probably thought a lot about teeth whitening treatment. Your Katy TX cosmetic dentist, Dr. Colin Lathrop, offers two methods for teeth whitening, both of which are very effective. However, before you choose either procedure, there are a few things that any person in search of whitening treatment should know.

First and foremost, teeth whitening has very few side effects, the most common of which is temporary sensitivity in teeth. Thus, teeth whitening is generally safe for patients. However, if teeth are damaged when undergoing whitening treatment, problems can arise. Your Katy TX dentist, Dr. Lathrop, therefore examines his patients’ teeth before beginning any whitening treatments. If, for example, a patient were to have a cracked or decayed tooth, the whitening solution could gain access to the tooth’s pulp, causing injury to it.

Patients should also be aware, before choosing a specific treatment, that teeth whitening works on most stains, but will not work on every stain. By attending a consultation with Dr. Lathrop, you can get a better picture of how effective teeth whitening is likely to be in your case. Dr. Lathrop will examine the visible stains to determine if they are intrinsic or extrinsic in nature. Intrinsic stains exist deep inside of teeth, where whitening treatments are unable to reach them. Extrinsic stains are more common and are located on the outer surface of teeth. Thus, if Dr. Lathrop indentifies extrinsic stains, the whitening treatment is likely to produce the desired results. However, if he identifies intrinsic stains, Dr. Lathrop may suggest porcelain veneers as an alternative to teeth whitening.

Teeth Whitening Options in Katy TX

Patients who seek teeth whitening treatment from Dr. Lathrop are presented with two options. The first option is called KöR Deep Bleaching. A very powerful whitening system, KöR combines in-office treatment with take-home whitening trays to provide excellent results that are gentle on teeth. In addition to KöR Deep Bleaching, Dr. Lathrop also offers take-home whitening trays. Patients can fill these trays with a professional strength whitening gel provided by our office and wear them over their teeth according to a schedule provided by Dr. Lathrop. Results will begin to show in 3-4 days, with teeth continuing to whiten until 1-2 weeks have passed.

About Dr. Lathrop: Dr. Colin Lathrop is an experienced and widely respected dentist serving patients in the Katy TX area. Patients can contact Dr. Lathrop at 832-437-3849 to schedule an appointment or a consultation.