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Teeth Whitening

Euclid McLeod, DDS

General Dentist located in Georgetown, TX

Getting a movie star smile has never been easier. While drugstore teeth whitening products can work fine, Dr. Euclid McLeod Jr., DDS, in Georgetown, Texas, can brighten your teeth several shades lighter than any product you buy at the store. If you’re looking to brighten your smile, call the smile expert — or book your appointment online — for a consultation.

Teeth Whitening Q & A

How do teeth get stained?

Habits, food, drinks, and time are all responsible for changing the color of your teeth. The primary culprits include: 

  • Smoking
  • Coffee and tea
  • Red wine
  • Certain fruits: blueberries, raspberries, and blackberries

Your teeth may also lose some of their brightness as you get older.

Who is a good candidate for teeth whitening?

Almost anyone can get their teeth whitened. However, Dr. McLeod first examines your mouth to make sure your teeth and gums are in good health before giving the go-ahead for the process.

He also assesses the types of stains on your teeth. Teeth whitening agents work best on surface stains, which are usually yellow in color. Stains under your enamel, usually blue-gray in color, may not respond to whitening agents.

Teeth whitening products also don’t work on restorations or dental prosthetics such as crowns, bridges, or veneers.

How does teeth whitening work?

Dr. McLeod uses a special bleaching agent to make your teeth whiter. During the whitening process, the active ingredient brightens your teeth by giving oxygen access to the enamel, which causes it to turn a lighter color.

What can I expect during the teeth whitening process?

Once you’re cleared for teeth whitening, Dr. McLeod starts by placing a special mouthguard over your gums for protection. He then paints your teeth with the whitening agent. Then, he shines an ultraviolet light on your teeth to activate the whitening process.

Teeth whitening treatment takes about an hour and the effects are almost immediate. Dr. McLeod can brighten your teeth up to six shades lighter, and they may remain bright for up to three years.

After the whitening, your teeth may feel sensitive to changes in temperature, but this is temporary.

How do I keep my teeth bright after teeth whitening?

To keep your smile bright after teeth whitening, you need to:

  • Brush and floss daily
  • Follow up with Dr. McLeod as scheduled
  • Limit your intake of foods and drinks that stain teeth

You may also find that teeth whitening toothpastes can help keep your smile bright.

If you’d like a brighter smile, Dr. McLeod in Georgetown, Texas, can help. Call the office or book an appointment online.