Teeth Whitening Specialist

Grace Dental Design

General Dentists located in Oklahoma City, OK

If your teeth are stained due to tobacco, coffee consumption, or poor oral hygiene, consider professional teeth whitening. At Grace Dental Design, general dentist Sandy Grace, DDS, and the team offer several types of teeth whitening, including in-office chairside whitening and take-home teeth whitening trays. To make an appointment at the practice in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, call the office today or book online.

Teeth Whitening Q&A

What is teeth whitening?

Teeth whitening refers to a group of cosmetic procedures that remove stains from the surface of your teeth. There are many types of teeth whitening available, but almost all of them use ingredients like hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide.

When applied to your teeth, these medical-grade solutions oxidize the molecules within. The oxidation process makes your teeth brighter, transforming the appearance of your smile. 

What causes teeth to change color?

Most people experience discolored teeth due to the natural aging process. As you get older, your enamel wears away, revealing more of the yellow dentin beneath.

Other factors that cause your teeth to change color include:

  • Using tobacco
  • Oral trauma
  • Poor oral hygiene
  • Taking medication with tetracycline
  • Eating foods like tomatoes or berries

You might also experience yellow or discolored teeth if you drink beverages that contain tannins, including coffee, cola, or red wine.

What are the types of teeth whitening?

Dr. Grace and the team offer several types of teeth whitening, including:

In-office teeth whitening

In-office whitening can make your smile up to eight* shades brighter in under an hour. During an in-office teeth whitening appointment, Dr. Grace applies a composite filling.

After the solution rests for several minutes, she points a light at it that triggers a whitening reaction. Dr. Grace repeats these steps until you achieve the desired shade of white.

Take-home teeth whitening trays

If you’re too busy to schedule an in-office appointment, whiten your teeth at home with take-home trays. Take-home whitening trays are plastic mouthpieces that fit snugly over your teeth. You apply a whitening gel to them and wear them for several hours a day, whenever it’s most convenient.

How long does teeth whitening last?

The results of teeth whitening usually last six months, but it’s possible to extend them. Dr. Grace and the team recommend:

  • Brushing twice daily
  • Flossing before going to bed
  • Avoiding foods and beverages that stain
  • Quitting tobacco

In addition, make sure to visit Dr. Grace every six months for an oral exam and professional teeth cleaning.

Don’t wait to request a teeth whitening appointment at Grace Dental Design. Click the online scheduling request tool or call the office today.

*Individual results may vary.