Teeth Whitening

Prestige Family Dentistry

General Dentist & Sleep Apnea Dentist located in Beaverton, OR

If you hate the color of your teeth, there’s no reason you have to live with an unsightly smile any longer. Prestige Family Dentistry in Beaverton, Oregon, offers today’s best teeth whitening options, including instant in-office whitening and take-home whitening trays that work over a few weeks. You could have a brand new smile before you know it, so reach out using the online appointment maker or by calling the Beaverton area office today.

Teeth Whitening Q & A

What causes tooth stains?

There are two general types of tooth stains: intrinsic and extrinsic. 

Extrinsic tooth stains

The majority of tooth stains are extrinsic, which means they affect the surface of your teeth. Some common causes of extrinsic tooth stains can include cigarettes, coffee, and red wine.

Intrinsic tooth stains

Intrinsic tooth stains are those that happen on the inside of your teeth. Although extrinsic tooth stains usually look brownish or yellowish, intrinsic tooth stains are often gray or blue. Intrinsic tooth stains are often caused by medication, such as tetracycline use. 

Professional teeth whitening at Prestige Family Dentistry can treat extrinsic stains and some types of intrinsic stains. But, if your intrinsic stains aren't treatable with teeth whitening, another option like dental veneers that cover the front of your teeth could be a good solution.

What is the chairside teeth whitening process like?

Chairside teeth whitening gives you whiter teeth in just an hour or less. Your Prestige Family Dentistry dentist applies a powerful bleaching solution and, in some cases, amplifies the product with a special curing light. 

The products that your dentist uses in chairside teeth whitening solutions are only available to dental professionals for in-office use because they're strong and require specific application protocols. 

The results are immediate, so chairside whitening could be a good option if you need to look your best for a special occasion or if you just don't want to wait for the results.

What is the home teeth whitening process like?

For home teeth whitening, you use either prefilled trays or custom plastic trays that you fill with teeth whitening gel. The treatment plan varies by product and your whitening needs, but most patients use home teeth whitening products for 10-14 days. Home teeth whitening can give you excellent results as long as you use the product as directed.

How often do I need to whiten my teeth?

It depends on the situation, but if you take care of your teeth and avoid the substances known to stain teeth (coffee, tea, cigarettes, and others), you can get long-lasting results from professional teeth whitening. Most patients get anywhere from several months to three years of beautiful results. 

You can count on Prestige Family Dentistry for an amazing white smile. Book your appointment online or by calling the office today.