Young woman in a blue sweater smiling after teeth whitening

Teeth Whitening

Discolored and stained teeth can make you feel self-conscious when you talk or smile.

Our dentists at Clint Newman, DDS, in Nashville, TN, offer both in-office and at-home teeth whitening, so treatment is convenient.

Learn how bleaching with hydrogen peroxide can give you a radiant smile more effectively than over-the-counter products.

Options for Teeth Whitening 

Young blonde getting her teeth whitened in a dental office

In-Office Treatment

Before Dr. Newman or Dr. Underwood whitens your teeth, one of our dental hygienists will clean each tooth by removing plaque and debris. A whitening gel is then carefully applied to your enamel. The bleaching agent reacts and breaks down stains, brightening your enamel in less than an hour. Typically, most patients can complete their treatment in one appointment.

Willing dental tray with whitening gel

Take-Home Kits

If you have tooth sensitivity or a busy schedule, our take-home whitening kits may be a better dental treatment for you. Unlike over-the-counter products, professional take-home teeth whitening kits come with custom-made trays that provide precise application of the bleaching agent. Patients fill the trays with the whitening solution and place them on their lower and upper arches of teeth. Most people will see the results of their teeth whitening in 5-10 days, depending on the concentration of your solution.

How Do Take-Home Whitening Kits Work?

While our in-office treatment is a popular choice among patients who want to whiten their smile in about an hour, it's not right for everyone. If you prefer the gentleness or convenience of a take-home kit, our Opalescence kits are a prime choice.
Our dentist has been featured on television several times for his exceptional patient results and positive reputation.
Our dentist has been featured on television several times for his exceptional patient results and positive reputation.


Opalescence offers patients five different concentration levels and three different flavors. With the different concentrations, patients can benefit from wear times as short as 15 minutes or as long as overnight. With regular, melon, and mint flavors, you won't have to dread whitening your teeth every day.

Easy to Use

Opalescence kits come with pre-loaded syringes of whitening gel. Simply apply the gel to your trays, and place them over your teeth. Brush away the excess gel on your gums to minimize irritation. Once treatment is complete for the day, remove your trays, wash them, and store them in their case.

Candidates for Teeth Whitening 

Generally, anyone who has good oral health and discolored teeth can be a good candidate for teeth whitening treatment; however, there are a few conditions patients need to meet to be considered. Patients must have:

  • Healthy gums
  • Extrinsic, not intrinsic stains
  • Realistic expectations
  • No infected teeth or tooth decay
  • A commitment to using take-home kits properly
  • The ability to attend follow-up appointments

During your consultation at our Nashville, TN, office, our dentists will examine your oral health and ask you about your goals to determine if teeth whitening treatment is right for you.

Our Teeth Whitening Treatments Are More Effective Than Store-Bought Products

Although a variety of teeth whitening products are available over the counter, our in-office and at-home bleaching treatments provide better results. Our treatments are effective and have more predictable outcomes than other products such as:

Whitening Toothpaste

Regular brushing with whitening toothpaste may whiten your teeth after several weeks, but the results won't be as dramatic as professional teeth whitening. 

Whitening Strips

Whitening strips are a popular option for brightening teeth. Like other over-the-counter options, whitening strips work by bleaching the teeth over several weeks to slightly improve their appearance. Unfortunately, the strips also have the potential to harm beneficial bacteria and damage the gums. Bleaching your teeth with the supervision of a dentist is a safer option.

DIY Whitening Mixtures

DIY hydrogen peroxide and baking soda mixtures can be dangerous to the health of your enamel and gum tissue. With in-office treatment and professional teeth whitening kits, the hydrogen peroxide levels can be adjusted to achieve the level of whitening you desire without negatively affecting your oral health.

Love From Our Nashville Patients "The best dentist I have encountered."


Nancy McGuire Roche

Nashville, TN


Google logo

I used to be terrified of dentists, but I have been Dr. Underwood's patient for forty years now, and I trust him implicitly. He is skilled, kind, and professional. He is a lovely person and a fabulous dentist. I have recommended him to many of my friends.

View on Google

Thomas Garthwaite

Nashville, TN


Google logo

I can say that Clint Newman, DDS, is the best dentist I have encountered. He is a great communicator about what needs to be done, what can be done and what is planned. He makes sure that you comfortable selecting the course of treatment... Not only are photos of my makeover on his website, I love that I can smile without discomfiture.

View on Google

Are There Any Risks?


One of the drawbacks to over-the-counter whitening products is the lack of professional oversight by a dentist. Without the proper knowledge and application, it can be easy to overuse bleaching products and damage your teeth. The dentists at Clint Newman, DDS in Nashville, TN, can monitor your in-office whitening progress or provide you with a take-home kit that safely and gently whitens your teeth.

Maintaining Your Results

No matter how well you keep up with your oral hygiene routine, your teeth whitening results will fade over time due to aging, eating, and drinking. Fortunately, you can prolong the effects of your teeth whitening treatment by following these general tips:

Minimize Foods and Drinks That Stain

Some foods and drinks like coffee, tea, and tomato sauce can stain your teeth. We recommend minimizing your intake of these foods if you can and drinking beverages that can stain teeth through a straw. Brushing your teeth after eating foods that stain can also help reduce discoloration.

Don't Smoke

Cigarettes and other tobacco products will stain your teeth, reversing the benefits of your teeth whitening treatment. Patients should quit smoking before whitening their teeth and avoid nicotine products altogether after their bleaching treatment.

Brush With Whitening Toothpaste

Whitening toothpaste can help minimize stains and maintain your dazzling results. Patients should use a soft-bristle toothbrush and floss at least once a day to maintain a smile that's as healthy as it looks.

Receive Touch-Up Whitening Treatments

As the results of your whitening treatment fade with time, you can improve the appearance of your smile with regular in-office visits or take-home whitening kits. By maintaining regular visits to our Nashville, TN, office, our dentists can review your overall oral health, too.

The Limitations of Whitening on Intrinsic Stains

While teeth whitening treatments are effective at removing surface-level stains, intrinsic stains will not be affected. Typically caused by medications, fluoride overexposure, or oral injuries, these deep dental stains will require another dentistry solution to address. We offer dental bonding, veneers, and crowns for these types of concerns.

Improve the Appearance of Your Smile Without Teeth Whitening

Patients may choose to combine dental procedures with teeth whitening or receive them instead of teeth whitening. These dental procedures can conceal intrinsic stains and may be a better option for some patients:

Combine Your Cosmetic Dentistry Procedures

Into a Smile Makeover

Smiling woman after a smile makeover

While whitening your teeth can go a long way toward making your smile more beautiful and healthier-looking, sometimes it just isn't enough. Our Nashville dentistry office has a range of procedures that can be combined into a streamlined smile makeover plan to comprehensively tackle all of your concerns. Whiten your teeth with a hydrogen peroxide treatment, cover a chipped tooth with dental bonding or a veneer, and cap a broken tooth with a crown—the possibilities are endless.

Results Like This Can Be Yours Request a Consultation to Get Started

Stained Teeth
Before Smile Makeover This patient felt self-conscious about the appearance of their stained and worn-down teeth. They decided to go a step further than just whitening their teeth.
White teeth
After Smile Makeover Our dentistry practice combined different procedures into a smile makeover plan to completely overhaul the appearance of their smile. They now have a beautiful, natural-looking smile and more self-confidence.
No matter the state of a patient's smile, our Nashville team is here to help and we have a gallery full of patient cases to prove it. Whether you simply desire a bleaching kit for whitening your teeth at home or you're ready to tackle all of the cosmetic concerns that have been impacting your self-confidence for years, we have the solution. Get started today by contacting us.

Cosmetic Dentistry That's Custom-Made "My teeth haven't looked this good since my youth."


Carole Sullivan

Nashville, TN


Google logo

Outstanding. Sparkling white. Stains removed. My teeth haven't looked this good since my youth. No uncomfortable moments during cleaning despite having recession issues. Very capable hands. The front office staff had everything prepared upon entrance and exit... it was a breeze. Highly recommend!

View on Google

Jesse Foreman

Nashville, TN


Google logo

Dr. Newman did an exceptional job with my veneers. I had very specific, unique needs for them because I play the trombone, and he gave me exactly what I had asked for.

View on Google
Dr. Clint Newman, DDS

Clint Newman, DDS

Dr. Clint Newman is a renowned cosmetic dentist who combines advanced technology with a keen eye for detail to provide his patients with outstanding results. In addition to being the official dental provider of the Tennessee Titans, Dr. Newman is a member of prestigious organizations, including:

  • American Dental Association
  • Fellowship of Christian Athletes
  • Nashville Dental Society
  • American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry

To schedule a consultation at Clint Newman, DDS, request an appointment online or call (615) 385-3507 today.

Contact Us Today

Rate, Review & Explore

Social Accounts Sprite
Google map image of our location in 3796 Bedford Ave Ste 201 Nashville, TN

Nashville Office

3796 Bedford Ave
Ste 201
Nashville, TN 37215

Open Today 8:00am - 5:00pm

Tell us a bit about yourself...

(615) 385-3507 Send a message