Teeth Whitening Specialist

My Dentist

Christine Hervas, DDS

General Dentist located in Austin, TX

Thanks to teeth whitening, it’s possible to eliminate years worth of stains and discoloration. At My Dentist, general dentist Christine Hervas, DDS, offers in-house teeth whitening to adults and teens. One outpatient procedure can transform your smile, making it up to eight* shades brighter. To make an appointment, call the practice in Austin, Texas, or click the online booking feature today.

Teeth Whitening Q & A

What is teeth whitening?

Teeth whitening is a type of cosmetic dentistry. It uses FDA-approved solutions to remove stains from the surface of your teeth. The process is safe, convenient, and can enhance your smile in under an hour.

What causes teeth to change color?

Age is the number one cause of tooth discoloration. As you age, your tooth enamel wears down, revealing more of the yellow dentin beneath. 

Other factors that contribute to stains and discoloration include:

  • Tobacco use
  • Drinking beverages like red wine, coffee, or cola
  • Eating foods that stain (i.e. tomatoes, berries, etc.)
  • Taking medication with tetracycline
  • Poor oral hygiene

You might also experience stains and discoloration if you don’t visit the dentist at least two times a year for an oral exam and professional teeth cleaning. 

What happens during teeth whitening treatment?

At My Dentist, Dr. Hervas offers in-office teeth whitening to adults and teens.

First, she covers your gums and tongue with a protective dam. Then, she carefully applies the whitening solution to your teeth. 

Dr. Hervas lets the whitening solution sit for 15-20 minutes. Then, she points a blue light at your teeth. The light triggers a whitening reaction, causing the solution to cut through years of stains and discoloration. Dr. Hervas repeats these steps multiple times until you achieve your desired results. 

Is teeth whitening safe?

Teeth whitening is safe and usually well-tolerated. Following your appointment, you might experience some increased tooth sensitivity, but that should subside quickly. After the procedure, Dr. Hervas recommends avoiding very hot or cold foods and drinks for at least a day or two.

Are the results of teeth whitening permanent?

The results of teeth whitening aren’t permanent, but they last an average of 3-6* months and sometimes even longer. To ensure your teeth remain bright and white, Dr. Hervas recommends:

  • Brushing your teeth twice daily
  • Quitting tobacco products
  • Visiting My Dentist every six months for an oral exam and professional teeth cleaning
  • Drinking dark beverages with a straw

By adhering to these practices, you can keep your teeth bright and shiny for months. As soon as stains begin returning, you can schedule a follow-up appointment.

To see if you can benefit from teeth whitening, make an appointment at My Dentist by calling the office or clicking the online booking feature today.

*Individual results may vary.