Tooth Whitening FAQs

Serving Georgetown, Round Rock, and Austin, Texas


Why should I go to a cosmetic dentist to whiten my teeth?

It is best to have a cosmetic dentist professionally whiten your teeth because it does not damage your teeth like whitening toothpastes can, and the results are better and longer lasting.

The custom trays that we make for our professional take-home tooth whitening kits ensure better results by keeping the whitening agents in constant contact with your teeth. Tooth whitening packages available at the store do not offer this kind of consistency and therefore are not as effective.


Who is a good candidate for Zoom! tooth whitening?

Most anyone who would like to remove discoloration or stains from his or her teeth, however some patients' teeth may be more resistant to tooth whitening and should consult with Dr. Holly prior to treatment. If you are interested in whitening your teeth, you should contact Dr. Holley's office to schedule your complimentary smile analysis today.


How does tooth whitening work?

The Zoom! tooth whitening system that we use works by applying a light-activated solution to your teeth and leaving it on your teeth until the solution has gently removed any stains or discoloration.


How much whiter will my teeth become?

Zoom! tooth whitening is able to make your teeth up to eight shades lighter. Our professional take-home tooth whitening kits can whiten up to five shades whiter if you are compliant with the treatment instructions.

There are many factors that affect tooth whitening results, such as the color of your teeth before treatment and the cause of the discoloration. Because everyone's teeth respond differently to tooth whitening treatment, it's impossible to know for certain how many shades whiter your teeth will be after treatment. Dr. Holley will tell you whether or not you are a good candidate during your complimentary initial cosmetic dentistry consultation.


How long do the results of Zoom! tooth whitening last?

The results should last at least five years, depending on how well you care for your teeth. The at-home tooth whitening trays can be used for touch-ups as needed.


How can I keep my newly whitened teeth stain free?

In addition to getting your teeth professionally cleaned every six months, there are a few rules you can stick to so that you can avoid staining your teeth. The first rule is to drink staining beverages (coffee, tea, dark soft drinks) sparingly. The second rule is to brush your teeth after every meal. And lastly, you should avoid abrasive whitening toothpastes. Instead, we recommend using our custom at-home tooth whitening trays for touch-up treatments.


If you are located in the Austin, Round Rock and Georgetown, Texas area and you would like to improve your smile for any reason, contact us today to schedule a complimentary cosmetic dentistry consultation.