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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 

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In-Office Treatment

Before Dr. Newman or Dr. Underwood whiten 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 discoloration, brightening your enamel in less than an hour. Typically, most patients can complete their treatment in one appointment.

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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 five to 10 days, depending on the concentration of your solution.

Candidates for Teeth Whitening 

Generally, anyone who has good oral hygiene and discolored teeth can be a good candidate for teeth whitening treatment; however, there are a few conditions patients need to meet in order 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 more comprehensive results. They 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 alternative to 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.

Hydrogen Peroxide Mixtures

DIY hydrogen peroxide mixtures can be dangerous to the health of your enamel. 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.

Are There Any Risks?

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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 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.

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:

Dental Bonding 

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Using tooth-colored dental resin to conceal stains, discoloration, and other tooth flaws, dental bonding can give you a brighter smile.

Veneers

Veneers

Thin shells that are typically made of porcelain can conceal stains, chips, cracks, and other dental flaws.

Crowns

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A tooth that is severely damaged or has deep stains that can't be whitened can be capped with a dental crown.

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Zona Albritton

2022

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My mother is 92 years old and loves to talk. The Office matched my sweet chatty mom with a wonderful dentist. He was extremely kind, gentle and professional with my mother. Mom was extremely happy and satisfied! Thank you very much for handling her with care.

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Kathy Linzy

2022

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Decided I needed a new dentist and I was blown away at how friendly and thorough the staff was. My hygienist, Angie, was AMAZING and I could really tell she cares about her patients and quality of work. Dr. Newman was also amazing and I am so happy I chose this office for my dental care.

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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 preferred 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.

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