Teeth Whitening Des Moines, IA

Have you noticed that your teeth are not as white and bright as they once were? Perhaps it's causing you to feel more self-conscious about your smile? Maybe you have a vacation, family reunion, or wedding to attend and you would like to smile your best smile? Dr. Trung Phan, your Des Moines cosmetic dentist, offers an excellent solution for whitening your teeth that can help you maintain your bright smile now and into the future.

It's actually quite common for teeth to turn yellow as we age, and certain foods we eat and lifestyle choices we make can also contribute to our teeth becoming more discolored. If you are unhappy with the color of your teeth and desire a whiter smile, then teeth whitening may be the solution for you.

Having brighter and whiter teeth can improve your smile and boost your confidence, and teeth whitening is a quick and affordable procedure. Contact Young General Dental today at (515) 212-7760 to get started on the path to a brighter, more beautiful smile!

Why are my teeth yellow or gray?

Enamel is translucent, meaning light can pass through to the dentin layer underneath, which is naturally yellow. As you age, your dentin will become darker, and therefore your teeth will appear more yellow or grayish.

Certain foods and drinks, such as berries, marinara sauce, red wine, tea, and coffee will also stain your teeth. You don't have to eliminate these items from your diet completely; however, being aware of their staining effects may help you to remember to brush your teeth after consuming them. Many of these foods and drinks are high in acidity, so waiting at least 30 minutes to brush your teeth allows your mouth to return to a healthy pH balance, which also protects your enamel from wear and staining.

Lifestyle choices, such as smoking or tobacco use can significantly affect the brightness of your smile. Tobacco leaves brown or yellow stains on your teeth that are hard to remove with brushing alone. Quitting tobacco use is not only good for your dental health and overall health; it is also beneficial for your smile.

How does professional teeth whitening work at Young General Dental?

Teeth whitening uses chemical agents placed on your teeth to penetrate your enamel and break down stain molecules. 

You can choose from either a professional teeth whitening system from your Des Moines dentist or over-the-counter (OTC) products you'll find at the store, such as whitening strips. However, whitening strips are a one-size-fits-all approach, and may not fit securely against your teeth. This often results in whitening solution contacting your gums, which feels irritating, and it may not allow you to achieve your desired results.

The second way is to use custom-made trays that our Des Moines dental office creates for you.

What is the process for getting my custom made teeth whitening trays?

At Young General Dental, there are two appointments required for making custom teeth whitening trays, both of which are short.

At the first appointment, your dental assistant will take an impression of your upper and lower teeth. These impressions will be used to make models of your teeth from which we create custom plastic trays.

Next, you will return for the second appointment in about one week to receive your custom bleaching kit. Dr. Phan will go over instructions on how to safely and properly use your custom teeth whitening trays.

To achieve the best results, we also recommend that patients have a professional teeth cleaning to remove any excess plaque that may affect the results of your teeth whitening procedure.

What is the difference between professional teeth whitening and over-the-counter products?

If you are considering brightening your smile with teeth whitening, OTC products may seem like a more cost-effective choice. However, there are a few things to consider before you make your final choice.

  • OTC products don't offer whitening gel that is as strong as what Dr. Phan has access to. This means it may take more time and money to achieve the brightness you want.
  • Dr. Phan creates custom whitening trays for each teeth whitening kit. A custom fit means better results and more protection for your gums and soft tissues.
  • You will be able to use your custom whitening trays in the future before that wedding or big event you're attending, so professional whitening is a smart long-term investment in your smile.
  • When you whiten your teeth under the supervision of your Des Moines dentist, Dr. Phan can advise you on the best way to handle any sensitivity you might encounter.

Is teeth whitening safe for my teeth?

Whether you choose OTC teeth whitening products or a professional system, you can rest assured that today's products are safe for your teeth. Dr. Phan uses a  specially formulated teeth whitening gel that contains ingredients that minimizes the sensitivity that some patients feel when they whiten their teeth.

How long will my results last?

Initially, it may take a couple of weeks or months to get your desired whiteness. Once you are happy with the whiteness of your teeth, it is recommended to stop using your whitening solution.

Depending on your behavioral and dietary habits, you may need to re-touch your teeth every six to 12 months; however, it's simple to do since you already have your custom teeth whitening trays, and you can always purchase extra bleaching gel from Young General Dental.

Can teeth whitening be combined with other cosmetic dental procedures?

If you are considering making more permanent enhancements to your smile, Dr. Trung Phan would love the opportunity to meet with you to discuss the possibilities and cosmetic treatment options for your smile. Dr. Phan often combines teeth whitening with cosmetic and full smile makeover plans as the finishing touch or as an option to brighten your teeth to your desired shade before placing permanent dental crowns or veneers.

How can I maintain my results?

Once you've invested in a brighter smile, you'll want to do everything you can to protect your investment. Making lifestyle changes like quitting smoking or tobacco use will greatly reduce staining to your teeth and improve both your dental and overall health.

Some foods to be aware of that cause staining or discoloration are:

  • Black tea and coffee
  • Red wine
  • Dark-colored berries, such as blueberries and blackberries
  • Marinara or tomato sauce
  • Soy sauce
  • Curries
  • Cola

Contact Dr. Trung Phan Today to Learn More About Teeth Whitening

Throughout your teeth whitening procedure, you may have questions that are not covered above. We love answering questions from our patients, and we want to ensure that you are comfortable during teeth whitening treatment. Your smile is your best asset, and our goal is to help you preserve your natural smile for a lifetime!

Contact your team at Young General Dental today at (515) 212-7760 to learn more about teeth whitening in Des Moines, and what's possible for your smile.