Teeth Whitening Specialist

Tru Plano Dental

Miri Kim, DMD

General Dentistry located in Plano, TX

Yellow, stained teeth can ruin your confidence and take a toll on your personal life. At Tru Plano Dental in Plano, Texas, Miri Kim, DMD, gives you the beautifully white smile you deserve using noninvasive, professional in-office and at-home bleaching products. Call her office to learn more or book an appointment online today.

Teeth Whitening Q & A

What causes teeth staining?

Over time, your teeth may turn a shade other than white. This might be due to various factors, such as:

  • Certain foods and drinks like coffee, cola, wine, and tea
  • Smoking or chewing tobacco
  • Inadequate dental hygiene
  • Diseases that affect a tooth’s enamel and dentin
  • Head and neck radiation or chemotherapy
  • Certain medications
  • Some dental restoration materials
  • Genetics or advanced age
  • Excessive fluoride use
  • Trauma to the teeth

Regardless of what causes teeth staining, Dr. Kim can help with in-office and at-home professional teeth whitening.

What is teeth whitening?

Teeth bleaching, or teeth whitening, is a simple process that involves a whitening solution Dr. Kim applies to your teeth. Whitening products contain carbamide peroxide or hydrogen peroxide, which are bleaches that break up stains into smaller pieces to make dark colors less concentrated. Numerous bleaching products exist, such as:

In-office whitening

When you arrive at Tru Plano Dental, Dr. Kim uses a rubber shield or protective gel to prevent your gums from being exposed to bleaching products. She then applies bleach to your teeth via dental trays for a specified time period that may last about 30 to 60 minutes.

At-home whitening

Dr. Kim also offers custom-made trays you can use for at-home whitening. She’ll give you instructions about how to properly use the bleaching solution and trays. At-home bleaching may take a few days to a few weeks, depending on how stained your teeth are.

Over-the-counter bleaching products

Over-the-counting bleaching products, such as strips and stain removal toothpastes, may be a good option for mild staining. Dr. Kim lets you know which products best match your needs. Look for products with the American Dental Association (ADA) Seal of Acceptance. Over-the-counter products aren’t as strong as the bleaching solution Dr. Kim uses.

Does bleaching cause side effects?

Bleaching helps you achieve a whiter, brighter, smile. However, possible side effects can include:

  • Tooth sensitivity
  • Gum irritation
  • Tooth enamel damage

If tooth sensitivity occurs it’s often temporary. Tooth enamel damage may happen if you overuse bleaching products. Dr. Kim customizes teeth whitening treatment plans to protect your teeth and minimize potential side effects.

When you’re ready for a whiter and brighter smile, call Tru Plano Dental to learn more about bleaching options or book an appointment online today.