Teeth Whitening Specialist

Erin McLendon, DDS & Associates - Family and Cosmetic Dentistry -  - Family & Cosmetic Dentistry

Erin McLendon, DDS & Associates - Family and Cosmetic Dentistry

Family & Cosmetic Dentistry located in Hollywood Park, San Antonio, TX

If your teeth aren’t as bright and shiny as they used to be, consider teeth whitening. This safe, effective treatment can transform your smile and eliminate years of stains. At Erin McLendon, DDS & Associates - family and cosmetic dentistry, the team of expert dentists offers several types of teeth whitening, including in-office treatments with Philips Zoom and take-home teeth whitening kits. To make an appointment at the practice in San Antonio, Texas, call the office today or book online.

Teeth Whitening Q&A

What is teeth whitening?

Teeth whitening is a cosmetic procedure that uses solutions like carbamide peroxide or hydrogen peroxide to remove stains and discoloration. Once applied to your teeth, whitening solutions oxidize the molecules within. That process reduces brown or yellow stains, making your teeth appear more aesthetically pleasing.

What causes teeth to change color?

Getting older is the primary cause of tooth discoloration. As you age, your tooth enamel wears away, revealing more of the yellow dentin beneath. 

You might also develop stains due to:

  • Tobacco use
  • Eating certain foods (ie: berries, tomatoes, and curries)
  • Drinking beverages with tannins (ie: coffee, red wine, or cola)
  • A blow to the mouth
  • Taking medication with tetracycline

Poor oral hygiene can also play a role. It’s important to brush twice daily and visit the team at Erin McLendon, DDS & Associates - family and cosmetic dentistry once every six months for professional teeth cleaning.

What are the types of teeth whitening?

At Erin McLendon, DDS & Associates - family and cosmetic dentistry, the team offers several types of teeth whitening, including:

In-office whitening with Philips Zoom 

Philips Zoom is an outpatient tooth whitening treatment that can make your teeth up to eight* shades lighter. 

During this type of teeth whitening, your provider applies a hydrogen peroxide gel to your teeth. After your teeth absorb the solution, your provider points a special light at them to trigger a whitening reaction. Your dentist repeats the same steps several times until you’re happy with the results.

Take-home teeth whitening kits

If you prefer to whiten your teeth at home, consider a take-home kit. Take-home teeth whitening kits contain two plastic mouthpieces and a bottle of hydrogen peroxide gel. You squeeze the gel into each mouthpiece and wear them for several hours a day, whenever is most convenient with your schedule.

Will teeth whitening last for more than a year?

Teeth whitening treatment typically lasts four to six months* but it’s possible to extend them. The team recommends:

  • Brushing your teeth twice daily
  • Quitting tobacco use
  • Drinking dark beverages from a straw
  • Visiting the team every six months for professional teeth cleaning

If you want a whiter, brighter smile, request teeth whitening at Erin McLendon, DDS & Associates - family and cosmetic dentistry by calling the office today or clicking the online scheduling tool.

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