Teeth Whitening For Teens
in Clear Lake

Brighten Smiles With Whitening Treatments

Benefits of Teeth Whitening

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Teeth whitening is a simple way to remove stains caused by drinking coffee and tea, aging, and other sources.

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Teeth whitening for teens is particularly popular after braces, since wearing braces for multiple years can lead to the buildup of stains in hard-to-clean areas.

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Our Clear Lake practice offers both in-office teeth whitening for fast results, and take-home kits so teens can treat themselves at home.

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Dr. Jason Brock is a board-certified pediatric dentist, and he has years of experience helping teens get picture-perfect smiles.

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What Is Teeth Whitening?

Teeth whitening is the process of using special chemicals called “peroxides” to remove stains from teeth and restore the natural bright, white color of the enamel. The two peroxides used in most teeth whitening procedures are hydrogen peroxide and carbamide peroxide.

Carbamide peroxide and hydrogen peroxide both contain very volatile oxygen molecules. So when they touch surface stains on the enamel, they react violently and “snap” the bonds holding the stains in place. This “bleaches” them away from the tooth, and restores the natural color of the enamel.

Teeth whitening is fast, non-invasive, and affordable. It’s ideal for teens of any age who may have stains on their teeth due to habits like drinking lots of coffee, or who have stains from orthodontic treatment. 

What Types Of Teeth Whitening Do You Offer?

We offer both in-office teeth whitening and take-home teeth whitening. In-office whitening is done by Dr. Brock in our Clear Lake pediatric dental office, and can whiten your teen’s smile by up to 5-10 shades in just one appointment. It’s a great option if your teen wants fast results for an event like prom, homecoming, or class photos.

Take-home whitening is a bit different. In this method of whitening, Dr. Brock will build a custom whitening tray for your teen, and they’ll whiten their teeth at home over a period of several weeks. Some teens prefer this, since their results will be more gradual. At-home whitening provides the same results as in-office treatment, but it usually takes 2-3 weeks to reach maximum brightness.

What Can I Expect From The Teeth Whitening Process?

If your teen is getting in-office whitening, the procedure will begin with a thorough teeth cleaning at Big Picture Pediatric Dentistry. Then, Dr. Brock will apply special liquid to protect their gums, and separate their cheeks, tongue, and lips from their teeth. After this, he will apply a powerful whitener to their teeth and activate it with UV light. After this, he’ll rinse the whitener away, and check your teen’s teeth. Then, he’ll repeat this process several times, until your teen’s teeth have reached their desired brightness.

For take-home whitening, your teen will come in for a quick visit to our office. Dr. Brock will take a mold of their smile, and send this to a dental lab. There, a set of custom-made whitening trays will be built. Your teen will come back to our office in a few weeks to pick these trays up. At this time, Dr. Brock will also give them a set of professional-grade whitening compounds, and instructions on how to use them. Then, your teen just has to go home, whiten their teeth according to these instructions, and enjoy their new smile!

Does Teeth Whitening Cause Sensitivity?

Yes. It’s quite common for whitening-induced sensitivity to affect teens, even those without a history of tooth sensitivity. However, this goes away shortly after their treatment is over. If your teen’s teeth are very sensitive, there are a few steps they can take to feel more comfortable.

For example, avoiding really hot and cold foods will help reduce sensitivity. It’s also a good idea to brush with Sensodyne or a similar sensitivity toothpaste. Using a soft-bristled toothbrush may also help reduce sensitivity.

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