Teeth Whitening

Gateway Dental

General Dentists located in Colleyville, TX

You can brighten your smile by several shades on your lunch break or during your routine cleaning at Gateway Dental. Leading general dentists Patricia Calabria, DDS and Andre Ellis, DDS offer professional teeth whitening treatments at their Colleyville, Texas practice. Book your teeth whitening appointment by using the online scheduling system or calling the clinic.

Teeth Whitening Q & A

Gateway Dental

Why should I have professional teeth whitening?

Having your teeth whitened by a dental professional ensures your results are safe, effective, and natural looking. Your provider uses a specialized cheek retractor to keep your cheeks and lips away from the harsh whitening chemicals.

They carefully brush on the whitening agent tooth by tooth, so it doesn’t wind up in areas where it’s not supposed to be (like on your gums). This careful process also ensures even application of the whitening agent to minimize blotchiness.

Next, they carefully monitor you to ensure the chemical is doing its job and whitens your teeth to the best possible shade for your needs. Because you’re under the care of an expert, you have a lower risk of adverse effects like tooth sensitivity.

Am I a candidate for teeth whitening?

Most men and women are candidates for professional teeth whitening. If you have early warning signs of gum disease — or advanced gum disease — you may need to wait until your gums heal so the whitening agent doesn’t further aggravate sensitive gum tissue.

Crowns, bridges, fillings, or composite bonding treatments can’t be whitened. If you have one of these close to the front of your arch, it’s going to stay the same color.

Having your teeth whitened by a professional, instead of using over-the-counter products ensures they’re whitened to just the right shade, so your smile looks brighter without drawing attention to dental components.

How long does teeth whitening last?

The better you care for your teeth after a teeth whitening treatment, the longer your results are going to last. Dr. Calabria and Dr. Ellis generally recommend avoiding having anything to eat or drink — except water — for at least a couple hours after your professional teeth whitening treatment.  

Get in the habit of brushing after every meal and using mouth rinses. The team can recommend products to help keep your teeth gleaming between treatments. As long as you follow optimal oral hygiene measures at home and continue coming in for routine cleanings, your whitening treatment can last for at least several months. If you notice yellowing, you can safely repeat the treatment.

Book your professional teeth whitening appointment at Gateway Dental either online or over the phone.