Minh D. Nguyen, DDS
Family Dentist & Cosmetic Dentist located in Cinco Ranch, Katy, TX
If you drink coffee or use tobacco, you’re also more likely to have yellow or discolored teeth. Fortunately, teeth-whitening procedures can eradicate stains, effectively turning back the clock. At Portrait Dental in Katy, Texas, expert dentist Minh D. Nguyen, DDS, proudly offers two types of teeth-whitening treatment, Philips Zoom! and LaserSmile®. To request your consultation, call the office or click the online booking tool today.
Teeth Whitening Q&A
Why are my teeth yellow?
As you get older, your teeth naturally yellow. This is because the outer layer of your teeth (enamel) cracks and flakes away as a result of wear-and-tear damage.
Over time, this exposes the inner portion of your teeth (dentin). Dentin is naturally yellow in color; the more it shines through, the more discolored your teeth appear.
Other factors also contribute to yellow and stained teeth, including:
- Tobacco use
- Drinking dark-colored beverages
- Poor oral hygiene
- Eating foods like blueberries or red pasta sauce
You might also have yellow teeth if you take a prescription medication that contains tetracycline.
What is teeth whitening?
Teeth whitening is a type of cosmetic dentistry that uses medical-grade bleaching solutions and/or lasers to eradicate stains and discoloration from the surface of your teeth.
The majority of modern teeth-whitening treatments use carbamide peroxide as their main bleaching ingredient. Carbamide peroxide is a harmless chemical in the same family as hydrogen peroxide.
Are there different types of teeth whitening?
At Portrait Dental, Dr. Nguyen offers two different types of teeth whitening:
Philips Zoom! Chairside teeth whitening is an in-office procedure. Prior to whitening your teeth, Dr. Nguyen covers your gums and tongue with a rubber dam. Next, he carefully paints a bleaching solution on the surface of each tooth.
Once the solution dries, Dr. Nguyen points a special light at the laser that triggers a chemical bleaching reaction. He repeats this process three to four times, making your smile up to eight shades whiter.
Which type of teeth whitening treatment is right for me?
To determine the type of teeth-whitening treatment you’ll most benefit from, make an appointment with Dr. Nguyen at Portrait Dental.
Following an oral exam and discussion of your goals for treatment, Dr. Nguyen can make recommendations that align with your individual needs and budget.
Don’t let discolored or yellow teeth prevent you from living confidently. Request your teeth-whitening consultation at Portrait Dental today by calling the office or clicking the online booking tool.