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About Smiles

Family and Cosmetic Dentists located in Austin, TX & Round Rock, TX

Teeth Whitening Specialist

Teeth whitening is one of the most popular cosmetic procedures performed by dentists because it only takes one treatment, and less than an hour, to make a dramatic difference in your appearance. The dentists at About Smiles in Austin and Round Rock, Texas, have years of experience with brightening their patients’ teeth. Don’t wait to improve your smile. Contact us if you’re ready to schedule an appointment, or if you have any questions about the whitening process.

Teeth Whitening Q & A

How do teeth get discolored?

Teeth become discolored for a variety of reasons:

  • Coffee, tea, and red wine contain pigments that color the tooth enamel
  • Enamel erosion from acidic foods creates spots that are susceptible to stains
  • Use of tobacco products can stain teeth
  • Some medications discolor the teeth
  • Inner portion of teeth darkens over time

Why should you see the dentist before whitening your own teeth?

It’s important to get a dental checkup if you’re considering using an over-the-counter teeth whitening product. You may have dental problems the chemicals can affect, so it’s good to learn about that before applying bleach.

Cavities are one example of a potential problem. They should be treated before you use a whitening product. That blocks the solution from going through the decayed area and getting into the soft tissue in the center of your teeth.

Before spending money and time on whitening, it’s a good idea to be sure that the store-bought product will be effective for your teeth. Whiteners won’t work on some dental products such as the porcelain used for crowns and veneers. Eroded enamel and some types of stains don’t respond to commercial products.

What are the advantages of professional teeth whitening?

The one-size-fits-all approach of mass-produced teeth whitening products isn’t always the best or the safest approach for everyone. Teeth whitening from the professionals at About Smiles offers advantages you won’t get with commercial products:

Better protection: It’s easy for your gums, cheeks, and tongue to get irritated from whitening products. Whether you use a whitening pen, strips, or trays, you’ll need to be careful to keep the bleach away from soft tissues in your mouth. At About Smiles, a special gel protects your lips and gums.

Complete coverage: If the strips or trays you get at the pharmacy don’t fit your teeth properly, you won’t get consistent whitening. The fronts of some teeth may be whitened to your satisfaction, while other teeth won’t get as white, and you’ll have uneven color. By comparison, the dentists at About Smiles will carefully cover the surface of every tooth with the whitening agent.

Improved whitening: Over-the-counter products have a lower concentration of peroxide than the professional products available at About Smiles. You’ll get dramatic results from just one professional treatment at the dentist, while multiple treatments done at home may not produce the degree of whitening you desire.


At About Smiles, we are in-network with most major insurance plans. Please contact our office if you do not see your insurance provider listed.

Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
Delta Premier
United Concordia

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