Teeth Whitening Specialist

PDX Smile Design

General and Cosmetic Dentistry located in Portland, OR

From time to time, everyone’s smile can use a pick-me-up to rediscover that shine. That’s why Olga Dontsova, DDS, and Victor Khlevnoy, DDS, offer game-changing teeth whitening procedures at PDX Smile Design in Portland, Oregon. With a teeth whitening, you can brighten your smile by several shades. Don’t settle for less than your ideal smile. If it’s time to set up a safe, hassle-free teeth whitening, call the office or schedule an appointment online today.

Teeth Whitening Q & A

What causes tooth stains?

In most cases, tooth stains and discoloration are caused by certain foods and drinks that damage the enamel, the white outer layer of your teeth. This damage can reveal the dentin, the yellowish layer underneath.

Here are some known stain-causing items:

  • Red wine
  • Dark tea
  • Coffee
  • Mustard
  • Berries
  • Tomato sauce

Another common cause of discoloration is aging, which leads to similar natural wear and tear of the enamel. Teeth whitening can combat both types of wear on your enamel.

How does teeth whitening work?

Teeth whitening is a straightforward procedure that involves bleaching your teeth with a powerful whitening agent. The bleaching process helps break up the concentration of tooth stains, giving your teeth a whiter appearance.

For in-office teeth whitening procedures at PDX Smile Design, you’ll be given a gel-lined tray to bite into. The gel is a professional-grade bleaching agent, which contains the active ingredient hydrogen peroxide. With the aid of a special light, the bleaching agent is fast-acting and whitens your teeth by several shades in under an hour.

If you’d prefer to whiten your teeth at home, you absolutely can. PDX Smile Design also offers take-home whitening kits. Dr. Khlevnoy or Dr. Dontsova will provide a set of trays and the hydrogen peroxide gel. They’ll explain how to line each tray and give you a detailed schedule of when to wear them and for how long. Within a few weeks, you’ll be able to show off a much whiter smile.

How long do teeth whitening results last?

Teeth whitening results, on average, last about 1-2 years. But that depends largely on you. If you want your results to last longer, make sure you continue to practice diligent oral hygiene. You may want to try a whitening toothpaste, too.

Also, try to limit your intake of stain-causing foods and drinks from the aforementioned list. This can go a long way in helping you maintain your whitening results. If you notice your smile start to dull, you can always come back in for a follow-up teeth whitening to re-whiten your teeth.

Is teeth whitening safe?

Yes, when administered by a professional, teeth whitening is perfectly safe. After a whitening procedure, you may feel some tooth sensitivity, but this typically disappears on its own within a few hours.  

If you’re interested in touching up your smile with the help of a teeth whitening, call the PDX Smile Design office or schedule an appointment online today.