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Teeth Whitening Specialist

Erika Mendez, DDS -  - Cosmetic & General Dentist

Skyview Dental

Erika Mendez, DDS

Cosmetic & General Dentist located in Irving, TX

The shade of your teeth is one of the easiest features to improve, and it makes a big difference for your overall appearance and your self-confidence. Erika Mendez, DDS, and the team at Skyview Dental in Irving, Texas, provide professional teeth whitening treatments to brighten your smile and correct discoloration. To schedule a teeth whitening consultation, call Skyview Dental or reserve an appointment online today.

Teeth Whitening Q&A

What is teeth whitening?

Teeth whitening is a cosmetic procedure that you can get to brighten your teeth or remove stains from their surfaces. Like all things white, teeth are prone to gathering stains and picking up pigments from dark substances. If you smoke, drink coffee or tea, drink red wine, or eat berries, chances are your teeth aren’t perfectly colorless. 

While there are teeth whitening toothpastes and strips on the shelves of any drug store, they can’t compete with professional whitening treatments from your dentist. At Skyview Dental, Dr. Mendez uses high-quality, high-potency teeth whitening products to brighten your teeth by several shades in just one round of treatment. 

What should I expect during teeth whitening?

During a professional teeth whitening treatment at Skyview Dental, the team places a protective cover over your gums and mouth tissues to protect them from the whitening product. Since the procedure is under the direct supervision of Dr. Mendez, she can use the strongest available whitening products for the best results.

Dr. Mendez applies a peroxide whitening product to your teeth. She shines a bright light onto the gel to activate it for about 15-30 minutes at a time. She then checks between each application to see how much the shade of your teeth has lifted. The whole procedure usually takes about an hour. Your teeth should become two to eight shades whiter after the appointment, and the team can help you book additional treatments at a later date if you need them. 

Am I a good candidate for teeth whitening?

Teeth whitening is effective on off-white, yellow, and brown staining. These stains are extrinsic, meaning they’re on your tooth enamel. Gray teeth don’t respond well to whitening treatments because the staining is on an inner layer. If you have a gray tooth, the team at Skyview Dental may recommend a veneer instead.

Dr. Mendez reviews your oral health to determine whether or not you’re a good candidate for professional whitening treatments. You might be a good candidate if:

  • Your teeth aren’t hypersensitive
  • The stains are on the surface
  • Your teeth aren’t transparent from aging
  • Your gums are healthy
  • You’re over 16

If you aren’t a candidate for teeth whitening, the team may encourage you to explore veneers or even crowns for heavy discoloration treatment instead. 

For sparkling white teeth after a professional teeth whitening treatment, call Skyview Dental or request an appointment online today.