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Teeth Whitening

Uptown Dental & Orthodontics

General Dentist & Orthodontics located in Phoenix, AZ

If your teeth have become discolored over time, Dariene Lazore, DMD, at Uptown Dental & Orthodontics in Phoenix, Arizona, offers teeth whitening treatments to help get you smiling again and boost your confidence. To learn more about teeth whitening options, call the office today or use the convenient online booking tool to schedule your same-day appointment.

Teeth Whitening Q & A

What type of stains can teeth whitening treat?

Stains can accumulate on your teeth for a variety of reasons.

As you get older, the inner part of your tooth called dentin, which is yellow, starts to show through as the enamel, the outer layer of your teeth, gets thinner and wears down. 

Certain food and drinks also affect the color of your teeth:

  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Red wine
  • Dark soda
  • Berries

If you use tobacco, you may also experience yellow teeth.

Your teeth can also lose their whiteness from poor oral hygiene and certain medications. You may even be predisposed to having more porous or transparent enamel than others. Regardless of why your teeth are discolored, teeth whitening can change their appearance.

When you get your teeth whitening treatment, the gel applied to your teeth is absorbed, which makes them white again, giving you a brighter smile.

Uptown Dental & Orthodontics examines the condition of your teeth, which includes looking at the degree of discoloration and also determining if you’re dealing with more serious problems like gum disease. Based on the results of your exam, your dentist decides if teeth whitening is right for you.

What types of teeth whitening can I get?

At Uptown Dental & Orthodontics, the team offers two ways to get your teeth whitened:

At-home whitening

With at-home whitening, your dentist takes 3D scans of your teeth to create custom-made trays. You’re then sent home with the trays and a whitening gel that removes stains. You wear the trays 30 minutes a day for two weeks to get successful results.

Chairside whitening

With chairside whitening, your dentist performs the procedure in one appointment by covering your gums and lips to protect them. Then you wear upper and lower trays filled with whitening gel while a special light is positioned over your teeth to enhance the process. Your teeth can get up to eight shades whiter in just one visit in about an hour. 

At-home whitening takes longer to see results. Chairside whitening’s results are seen immediately after treatment. 

You can also undergo in-office whitening and receive take-home trays for future touch-ups.

How long does teeth whitening last?

If you brush and floss your teeth regularly, minimize your consumption of dark food and beverages, and don’t smoke, you can maintain the look of your whiter teeth for six months to two years. Practicing good oral hygiene is key to keeping your teeth looking white.

If you want your teeth to be whiter, see the teeth whitening specialists at Uptown Dental & Orthodontics. Call the office or book an appointment online today.