Dallas, TX Teeth Whitening Dentist Describes What to Expect from Teeth Whitening

Written by Dr. Lin on Feb 12, 2013

Patients often leave our Dallas, TX Teeth Whitening Dentist proud of their beautiful new smile after a whitening treatment and amazed at the difference they see immediately. But there are occasions when a patient is initially disappointed by the results because their teeth are just not quite as white as they expected. It is often the case that full results are not evident until several days later. Every person is unique and some may be very pleased with even a minor whitening effect. This depends mostly on the person and the results their trying to achieve.

Choosing the Right Shade of White

A handheld shade guide is used to measure the extent of whitening that can potentially be achieved. This can go as high as 16 shades brighter. If you have a specific result in mind, it’s important to ask about the guide so that your Dallas, TX Teeth Whitening Dentist can understand your expectations and discuss potential problems in achieving the shade you desire. 


We refer to staining of teeth as being either intrinsic, extrinsic or both. This depends on the cause of discoloration. Intrinsic stains are a result of trauma, aging, too much tetracycline (a common antibiotic), or excessive use of fluoride. These stains are harder to eliminate and may require an in-office treatment followed by at home whitening. Extrinsic stains result from certain foods, beverages, and normal wear. They can be removed fairly easily with bleaching.

How White is Too White?

Some people believe that tooth whitening will cause their teeth to become too white. They are worried that the result will be unnatural. In reality, patients can usually expect a difference of two to seven shades with in-office or home whitening kit. Bleaching can produce wonderful results, but it can only reveal the natural whiteness of your tooth enamel.

Many people can benefit from even a moderate whitening. It can make a person look more youthful and is an excellent solution for patients who have dental staining or discoloration. Contact our office if you have questions about whitening your teeth. We will be happy to take the time to sit down with you to explain exactly what you can expect.