Teeth Whitening

Larry R. Adams, DMD -  - Cosmetic and Emergency Dentist

Dental Care By Design

Larry R. Adams, DMD

Cosmetic and Emergency Dentist located in Lacey, WA

Dull or discolored teeth hurt your confidence and hold you back from wanting to share your smile with the world. At Dental Care By Design in Lacey, Washington, Larry R. Adams, DMD, offers professional teeth whitening to his patients looking to add a little luster to their smile. Dr. Adams also serves the Olympia, WA and Tumwater WA area. To get started with your professional teeth whitening, schedule an appointment today by calling the office or using the convenient online scheduling tool.

Teeth Whitening Q & A

Why have my teeth lost their shine?

There are a variety of reasons why your teeth might be in need of whitening treatment, such as:

  • Poor oral hygiene
  • Consuming food or beverages with dark pigments
  • Prolonged consumption of tobacco products

Certain medications can also discolor your teeth, such as certain antihistamines, antipsychotics, and medications for high blood pressure. Early exposure (before 8 years old) to antibiotics can also cause discoloration.

There are also a handful of natural factors that can affect the color of your teeth, such as age. As you get older, the hard outer layer of your teeth (your enamel) naturally gets thinner, showing more of the soft inner layer (the dentin), which naturally yellows over time.

Genetics can also play a factor in the color of your teeth, as some people are genetically predisposed to have more porous or transparent enamel.

What are my teeth whitening options?

There are many different professional treatments to whiten your teeth and give your smile some shine, such as:

Custom bleaching trays

Custom bleaching trays are molded from an impression of your teeth and fit snugly. You fill them with bleaching solution and wear them at home for up to an hour to get noticeably whiter teeth in just a few weeks.

Chairside whitening

Chairside whitening is an in-office procedure where Dr. Adams carefully paints bleaching solution onto your teeth letting it take effect while you wait in the chair, whitening your teeth by two to three shades in approximately 30 minutes.

Zoom!® whitening

Zoom! whitening is an in-office whitening treatment that uses bleaching trays in combination with a special curing light to help the whitening solution penetrate your teeth and break up deeper stains and discoloration.

Should I whiten my teeth with over-the-counter products?

Over-the-counter whitening strips and trays have become an incredibly popular option, but they’re not as effective as professional-grade treatments and can actually be harmful to your oral health.

The bleaching solution used in these products isn’t as strong as what you can get at Dental Care By Design, and, because the strips and trays aren’t designed to fit your unique smile, the bleaching solution frequently leaks out and irritates your gums.

If you want to safely and substantially improve the color of your teeth, get a professional-grade whitening treatment at Dental Care By Design. Don’t wait, book your appointment today by calling the offices or scheduling your visit online.