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Teeth Whitening Specialist

Brilliant Smiles Bellevue

General & Cosmetic Dentist located in Bellevue, WA

White, vibrant teeth go a long toward making a good first impression and building your confidence. Dr. Brian Barron and Dr. Jessica Bai, dentists at Brilliant Smiles Bellevue in Bellevue, Washington, offer professional teeth whitening that combats the dull, yellowing that can occur over time, giving you a more youthful appearance. To get started on your whiter smile, call or go online to make an appointment today.

Teeth Whitening Q&A

What causes yellow and stained teeth?

There are many reasons why teeth become discolored, and one of the main culprits is simply aging. Your teeth are protected on the outside by a layer of enamel, which covers the dentin, a naturally brown substance. As you age, your enamel begins to wear thin, allowing the brown dentin to show through, which gives a yellow look to your teeth.

In addition to aging, there are many other factors that cause your teeth to become discolored, such as:

  • Coffee, tea and smoking
  • Wine
  • Foods and drinks with acids that break down your enamel
  • Antibiotic use
  • Excessive fluoride

How can I whiten my teeth?

At Brilliant Smiles Bellevue, Dr. Barron and Dr. Chi offer whitening trays for fast and effective teeth whitening. The trays resemble athletic mouth guards and are custom-fitted to your teeth. The trays are used along with a low-concentration whitening gel that remains on your teeth for overnight whitening.

How long does a whitening treatment take?

The amount of time you need to use the whitening trays depends on the degree of discoloration in your teeth and what your goals are. The doctors at Brilliant Smiles Bellevue sit down with you during your initial consultation to figure out how many shades whiter you’d like to go and how long it will take. Dr. Barron and Dr. Chi have a shade guide on hand to give you an idea of the possible results.

How long will my teeth remain white?

After achieving your desired shade of whiteness, good oral hygiene goes a long way toward maintaining your newly whitened teeth. Brushing, flossing, and rinsing at least twice a day help keep your teeth pearly white. In addition, avoid foods and liquids that stain your teeth to maintain your bright smile.

Is whitening right for me?

For some patients, professional whitening may not be a good option. For example:

  • Bleaching is not recommended for children under 16, or women who are pregnant
  • If you have sensitive teeth or gums, whitening may cause irritation
  • If you have thin enamel, you shouldn’t use whitening trays

It’s also important to note that whitening trays don’t work on:

  • Veneers
  • Fillings
  • Crowns

To find out whether you’re a good candidate for whitening, contact one of the dentists at Brilliant Smiles Bellevue.