Dr. Kelly Halverson DDS FAGD
Biological Dentist & Dentist located in Richardson, TX
If your smile has lost its sparkle, or your teeth stain from tobacco, red wine, or medications, professional teeth whitening may be the solution that brings the sparkle back. As part of her biological and general dentistry specialties, Dr. Kelly Halverson, a Fellow in the Academy of General Dentistry, offers patients in Richardson, Texas, and the North Dallas communities the confidence boost that often comes from whiter, brighter teeth. To schedule your teeth-whitening appointment, use the online booking tool or call the office.
Teeth Whitening Q & A
Why do teeth turn yellow?
Yellow or dull surface enamel is a regular part of aging. It happens as the inner layer (dentin) of our teeth just below the surface of the enamel becomes darker. As you age, your enamel gets thinner as a result of wear-and-tear, so the dentin becomes more visible.
You can also get yellow or stained teeth from drinking dark beverages like tea, coffee, and red wine. Additionally, if you had to take a medication called tetracycline when you were a child if you’ve had too much fluoride over the years, or if you’re genetically predisposed to yellowing teeth, you end up with a less-than-dazzling smile. Professional teeth-whitening treatments can restore a brighter color to your teeth and help remove existing stains.
What are the advantages of professional whitening treatments?
Although over-the-counter bleaching products may yield some results, professional teeth-whitening treatments are the most effective way to brighten your smile. Dr. Halverson offers men and women the convenience of professional whitening systems that contain a higher concentration of bleaching agents than whitening kits sold at the store.
Professional bleaching treatments are a fast, safe way to whiten your teeth, often with an immediately visible improvement. Dr. Halverson’s teeth-whitening options provide the latest dental technology and proven chemical formulas to whiten tooth enamel, safely and effectively. It also helps to have custom-made whitening trays that protect your gums from the sensitivity you may experience from the bleaching agents.
Additionally, professional dental supervision of teeth-whitening procedures ensures that your teeth and gums are healthy enough for whitening treatments. Dr. Halverson performs a comprehensive oral exam and screens your mouth for cancer when you first visit her office. She can also tell you if whitening is useful for your specific type of staining or discoloration, so you know what kind of results to expect.
How does teeth whitening work to brighten my teeth?
Teeth-whitening treatments work below the surface enamel of your teeth to whiten the dentin. During a whitening procedure, your teeth soak up the bleaching agents (usually hydrogen peroxide) to improve the color of your teeth from the inside out. As the inner layers become whiter than before, the enamel takes on a brighter, whiter appearance.
A professional polishing by your dental hygienist can also help to remove the stains on the surface of your enamel and enhance the color on the outside of your teeth.
Get your dazzling white smile back, quickly and easily. Call the office or schedule an appointment online.