Teeth Whitening

Lily Morgan, DDS -  - General Dentist

Ellem Dental

Lily Morgan, DDS

General Dentist located in Richardson, TX

A bright, white smile creates excellent first impressions. When you feel confident about your smile, you’re more likely to share it with the world. At Ellem Dental, men and women have access to professional teeth whitening that delivers safe and effective results. When you’re ready to boost the wattage of your smile, schedule a consultation with Dr. Lily Morgan by calling the Richardson, Texas office or using the online scheduling function.

Teeth Whitening Q & A

Why do teeth become discolored?

The outer portion of your teeth is made of a thin layer of enamel. A layer of tissue lies below your enamel known as dentin. Dentin is naturally yellow, so as your enamel wears away over time that yellow hue becomes visible.

The aging process is one of the most common causes of discoloration. However, other factors that can lead to tooth discoloration include:

  • Poor dental hygiene
  • Tobacco use
  • Foods and beverages that stain teeth, like red wine or coffee
  • Certain medications
  • Materials used in dental work, like dark fillings
  • Certain diseases
  • Trauma to one or more teeth

How does professional teeth whitening work?

There are numerous teeth whitening products on the market, all of which promise amazing results. However, when it comes to whitening your teeth, there’s no substitute for the professional guidance of your dentist.

Purchasing an over-the-counter whitening product may give an initial boost in the shade of your teeth, but the results can’t match those available through a whitening system provided by your dentist. In fact, some products sold online have formulations that lack adequate testing or have concentrations that could harm your teeth.

Dr. Morgan offers the White N’ Brite system — the highest-grade whitening system available only through dental professionals. The system uses custom-fitted plastic trays and a powerful whitening gel to brighten your smile.

You choose when and how long to wear your trays, and can check your progress using the included shade chart.

When you’ve reached your desired shade, just stop using the system and enjoy your smile. This system minimizes sensitivity, but if you do experience discomfort, you can adjust the length of time you leave the trays in place.

How can I extend the results of professional teeth whitening?

Maintaining good dental hygiene habits avoids a buildup of plaque and tartar that can discolor teeth. Scheduling routine cleaning appointments with Dr. Morgan can also keep your smile at its best.

You can help keep your smile bright by examining the lifestyle choices that might create stained or discolored teeth.

If you smoke, consider a smoking cessation program. Avoid eating or drinking things that are known to discolor teeth, and if you do consume those foods, rinse your mouth or brush your teeth immediately after.

To learn more, contact Ellem Dental today to schedule an initial consultation.