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Teeth whitening is the process of eliminating or reducing stains and discoloration from the tooth surface. This is generally accomplished through a bleaching process to make them look whiter.

As a person ages, their teeth can become stained or become darker both from the structure of the teeth and the types of products consumed by the individual. This often leads to diminished self-esteem and worry over first impressions. Whitening your teeth can be done at home or in Dr. Chip Mercer’s Arlington, TX dental office. There are many ways to whiten and brighten your teeth, including: bleaching strips, a bleaching pen, bleaching gel, laser bleaching, and natural bleaching.

The benefit of having your teeth whitened by Dr. Mercer’s dental team is that they can use stronger and safer processes than found with home-whitening kits. In addition, the dentist will isolate your gums and lips with a protective material to prevent any possible damage or burning of the soft tissues in your mouth. With several of the high-strength home whitening kits, patients have recently attracted media attention with stories of badly burnt lips and gums. Sensitive teeth are much more prone to burning sensations if whitened without professional supervision.

Whitening your teeth at a dental office will allow your dentist to recommend the best procedure for your teeth. Each type of professional whitening procedure has pros and cons, yet another reason to have a professional provide you with this service. The most popular professional teeth whitening systems are Zoom!, Opalescence, BriteSmile and the latest Enlighten system.

The success of each procedure varies from person to person, as well as on the type of whitening system used. Some people will respond well and have dramatically whiter teeth. Others may notice very little change at all.  Your dentist’s advice is vital in determining the most successful procedure for you in order to achieve the most stunning result.

Fielder Park Dental can also assist you with internal teeth whitening which cannot be accomplished at home. Patients needing this process have devitalized teeth that have undergone endodontic therapy but are discolored due to internal staining of the tooth. Unlike external whitening, which brightens the teeth from the outside in, this process does the reverse and whitens teeth from the inside out. Instead of bleaching agents, your teeth are whitened by drilling a hole into the pulp chamber and then cleaning, sealing and filling the canal with a sealing substance. A peroxide gel is then placed directly into the pulp chamber to work on the dentin layer.

Be sure to visit Dr. Mercer today to discuss and determine the best procedure for you. Your bright, white, and beautiful movie-star smile is waiting for you.