Teeth Whitening

Plaza Family Dentistry

General Dentistry & Cosmetic Dentistry located in Kansas City, MO

Yellow, brown, or stained teeth are difficult to avoid, but they can cause you to consciously hide your smile everywhere you go. At Plaza Family Dentistry in Kansas City, Missouri, you can achieve a glistening smile with in-office or at-home teeth-whitening treatments. To explore your options for whiter teeth, call Plaza Family Dentistry or book an appointment online today.

Teeth Whitening Q & A

What is teeth whitening?

Teeth whitening is a type of cosmetic dental procedure that makes your teeth look shinier, brighter, and lighter in color. The products Family Dentistry uses in the procedure contain bleaching agents that penetrate your teeth and break apart the pigment of stains. 

To continue enjoying the results of your teeth whitening, you must get whitening procedures at regular intervals. Just one whitening process might lighten your tooth color by several shades, but repeated treatments continue the lightening process and correct new staining and discoloration as it appears.

Why do I need to whiten my teeth?

Teeth whitening is a completely optional procedure, and there is no obligation for you to get it unless you want your teeth to appear brighter or more attractive. Whiter teeth may give you a boost in confidence and encourage you to smile more often.

It’s nearly impossible to avoid some yellowing or staining to your teeth throughout your life. The staining and discoloration that leads to many patients’ pursuit of whiter teeth comes from

  • Aging
  • Staining foods and drinks (e.g. tea, coffee, berries)
  • Smoking
  • Certain medications
  • Mouth trauma 

Yellow discoloration responds very well to teeth-whitening treatments, while brown staining may take several sessions to show any results. If your teeth are gray, however, teeth whitening likely won’t lighten them.

What options do I have for teeth whitening?

There are many available teeth-whitening treatments either over the counter or by prescription, and Plaza Family Dentistry offers two of the most effective:

Philips® Zoom in-office whitening

With just a 45-minute procedure at Plaza Family Dentistry, you can see your teeth become four to eight shades whiter. To begin the treatment, your dentist applies whitening gel across your teeth. Then, they shine a specialized LED light on your teeth to accelerate the process. After removing the light and the gel, they repeat the process three times for a total of 45 minutes in the chair. 

Take-home kits

If your busy life doesn’t allow for a 45-minute office visit, your dentist may recommend a standard take-home kit for whitening your teeth. These kits are more effective than the whitening products you can find at the store. Plaza Family Dentistry takes an impression of your teeth to make custom, comfortable trays for your whitening solution. Then, they instruct you about how long and how often you may wear them.

If your teeth are looking dull and yellow, don’t hesitate to book a teeth-whitening consultation by phone or online at Plaza Family Dentistry today.

Teeth Whitening Results