Questions About Teeth Whitening

Answers from Austin Dentist, Dr. Dan Matthews

Here are some of the most common questions that patients have about teeth whitening.

What Causes Teeth to Become Discolored and Stained?

Naturally our teeth become discolored as we get older. Aside from normal teeth discoloration, factors such as heavy consumption of sodas, tobacco, tea, coffee, red wine, and other items may contribute even more. Excessive fluoride, some antibiotics, and tetracycline can also cause tooth discoloration. Poor dental hygiene is also a known factor.

Is Teeth Whitening Right for Me?

Teeth whitening is perfect for any patient who is looking to have a whiter smile. Even some of the toughest stains can be removed through the use of teeth whitening at our Austin office. Dr. Matthews will work with you during your consultation to ensure that you will get great results after undergoing teeth whitening, possibly through the use of Zoom teeth whitening.

Does Teeth Whitening Hurt?

Rarely do patients experience any type of pain when undergoing teeth whitening. There is usually a tingling sensation that occurs after the treatment is complete, though patients do not consider it to be painful; more so just an odd feeling that dissipates fairly quickly.

Will Teeth Whitening Make My Teeth Sensitive?

In some cases, patients do report having more sensitive teeth after teeth whitening, however, Dr. Matthews will combat this by prescribing a fluoride-rich professional-strength toothpaste. The fluoride strengthens the enamel and makes sensitivity less of an issue.

How Long Do Teeth Whitening Results Last?

Results usually last a lifetime as your teeth will remain much brighter and whiter than they were pre-treatment. For the best results that last the longest, proper upkeep is a must. This means proper dental hygiene, brushing using whitening toothpastes, flossing, and undergoing touch-ups as required. You’ll also want to avoid any substances that caused the discoloration of your teeth in the first place. With the proper aftercare you will be able to enjoy your smile forever.

Need More Answers?

If you have any other questions regarding teeth whitening in Austin, don’t hesitate to contact our office at (512) 452-2273. One of our staff members will be able to help remedy any questions or concerns you may have about teeth whitening.


Dan Matthews DDS
Dan Matthews Dan Matthews DDS The Park at Eanes Creek,
4407 Bee Cave Road
Building 2, Suite 221
Austin, Texas, 78746
(512) 452-2273
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