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FAQs: How Does Teeth Whitening Work?

added on: February 1, 2015

Do you have teeth that are dull and stained? If so, you understand how discoloration can make a person hesitant to show off his/her smile. Fortunately, with professional teeth whitening you can obtain a brighter smile with in-office and home-based treatments. How does teeth whitening work?

Frequently Asked Questions About Teeth Whitening

Question: What causes discoloration?

Answer: A number of factors can lead to teeth stains. Foods high in sugar and drinks containing dark pigments (coffee, tea, red wine, soda) can lead to discoloration. Smoking and tobacco use can cause yellow or brown stains to form. Finally, fluorosis, the use of tetracycline, and injury to the teeth can cause unsightly discoloration. We will take into the account the cause and severity of your dental stains before recommending the best option for brightening your smile.

Question: What is Zoom! Whitening?

Answer: With this in-office procedure, we apply a bleaching agent to the teeth, which we activate with a special light. Before the procedure, we will add a protective covering to your lips and gums to reduce sensitivity. The entire procedure takes less than one hour and can potentially brighten teeth by multiple shades.

Question: How does Sinsational Smile system brighten teeth?

Answer: A less intensive alternative, this option can be conducted during a cleaning by the hygienists, often brightening teeth by as much as three shades.

Question: Can I whiten my smile from home?

Answer: Yes, you can. With our at-home option, you can receive a noticeably brighter smile from home. First, we will create a series of custom-made trays. Each day, you will fill the trays with a powerful bleaching gel and wear them for the amount of time recommended by the dentist. You will need to wear them for about one to two weeks for optimal results. If you have any questions about our teeth whitening solutions, contact our office today.


We look forward to providing families with exceptional care and advanced treatment options. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Corbet Locke, please contact us at (254) 776-4888. Our office welcomes patients living in Waco, Hewitt, McGregor, Woodway, and nearby cities.

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