How Professional Teeth Whitening Works

how professional teeth whitening worksBecause of its quick and relatively easy application, and because teeth stains are so common, teeth whitening is the most common cosmetic dental procedure. It’s also a popular product line at your local grocery store and pharmacy, consisting of almost countless over-the-counter (OTC) teeth whitening and bleaching products. While an OTC product might not prove effective against most noticeable teeth stains, our choice of professional teeth whitening options make a bright, blemish free smile more achievable than ever before.

Understanding Teeth Stains First

Unfortunately, your teeth can develop stains despite your best efforts to prevent them, although you can ward them off longer by practicing good dental hygiene and attending your dental checkups and cleanings. When the outer layer of your teeth, called enamel, is consistently exposed to colorful foods and beverages, these substances can leave traces of their pigment. Over time, the traces become more prominent, and your teeth can start to appear dull and lackluster. In some cases, you may develop more prominent stains on one or more particular teeth.

The Secret to Teeth Whitening

The goal of teeth whitening is two-fold; to erase stains and brighten your teeth’s overall countenance. The active ingredient, usually hydrogen peroxide, can penetrate the top layers of your teeth’s semi-translucent enamel to erase surface stains and oxidize the underlying tooth structure (dentin). Only professional teeth whitening and your dentist’s guidance can achieve such results without causing permanent damage to your teeth.

Convenient Teeth Whitening Options

Since teeth stains are so common, treating them shouldn’t be a hassle, which is often why patients choose an OTC product. To make a brighter smile more convenient, we offer a choice of teeth whitening application methods. In-office whitening can be accomplished in a single visit, which typically lasts about an hour, while a take-home kit allows you to apply the bleaching agent home. Both systems effectively eliminate surface teeth stains, and can brighten your smile up to 10-14 shades.


Dr. Bob Jing has served patients and their families across Dallas/Ft. Worth for many years. Together with his caring, compassionate, and highly-skilled team at 7 Day Dental, Dr. Jing is dedicated to making good dental health available to as many people as possible. To learn more, or to schedule a consultation or appointment, contact our office closest to you at 817-405-2001 on Jacksboro Highway, or at 817-405-0195 on Seminary Drive.