Teeth Whitening Specialist

Key City Dental Studio

Karen Key, DDS

General Dentist located in Abilene, TX

Teeth whitening is a cost-efficient and effective way to improve your smile and build your confidence. Karen Key, DDS, of Key City Dental Studio, located in Abilene, Texas, offers professional in-office and custom home kits to diminish the appearance of stains and brighten your teeth. For a consultation about which teeth whitening treatment may be right for you, call or schedule an appointment online.

Teeth Whitening Q & A

What causes discolored teeth?

Your teeth are porous and absorb what you eat and drink. Dark colored foods and drinks cause staining and dull the whiteness of your natural tooth enamel.

Some foods and drinks that can discolor your teeth include:

  • Dark berries
  • Wine
  • Coffee
  • Tea

Some medications and smoking can also affect the color of your teeth, leaving your teeth yellow and dingy looking.

What is teeth whitening?

Professional teeth whitening bleaches the enamel layer of your teeth to help improve your smile. Most systems use a custom-fitted tray filled with a whitening gel. This tray fits over your teeth, keeping the gel in contact with your teeth’s enamel for a prescribed amount of time. Some in-office systems, such as Iveri™ In-Office Whitening, also use ultraviolet light to improve the effectiveness of the whitening process.

The team at Key City Dental Studio offers Iveri In-Office Whitening, as well as LumiBrite® take-home whitening systems to improve the color of your smile. Take-home and in-office treatments may be used together to increase and prolong the effectiveness of your teeth whitening.

Professional whitening treatments are not permanent and need to be maintained and refreshed every six months to a year.

How do I use the take-home whitening treatment?

LumiBrite take-home whitening is often used after an in-office treatment to improve and prolong the effects of your teeth whitening. Using it alone is also an option.

Dr. Key gives you instructions on how to use your whitening treatment, which includes a custom-made tray and whitening gel. Take-home whitening systems give you the freedom to decide when to apply your treatment.

Dr. Key offers different concentrations of LumiBrite whitening gel, which she orders based on your desired results and severity of your discoloration. Your treatment requires 1-2 treatments a day, which last anywhere from a few minutes to a couple of hours each time, for about two weeks.

During whitening treatments, the pores of your teeth are more open, which serves to flush out stains. Because of this, your teeth may be more sensitive during your treatment. This is normal and will subside after your teeth whitening treatment is over.

For a consultation about how professional teeth whitening can improve and brighten your smile, call or schedule an appointment online with Key City Dental Studio.