Teeth Whitening Specialist

Sam Bass Family Dentistry

Rupa Govindarajan, DMD

Family Dentist & Cosmetic Dentist located in Greater Austin, Round Rock, TX

The Sam Bass Family Dentistry, in Round Rock Texas, offers world-class dental services including cosmetic procedures. Patients from Round Rock and the surrounding communities have access to teeth whitening, veneers, implants, and Invisalign. Other services include preventative dentistry and general dentistry through the experienced hands of Dr. Rupa Govindarajan.

Teeth Whitening Q & A

by Rupa Govindarajan, DMD

How Often Should I Have My Teeth Whitened?

Teeth Whitening should not be performed more than every six months. If you are not happy with the results, wait. Some teeth require several treatments before you gain the whitening you desire. Rushing the process is dangerous.

How Long Does Teeth Whitening Take?

Usually, teeth whitening takes between a half an hour to a full hour. Sometimes the process might take upwards of 90 minutes. The process may need to be repeated over an additional four to six weeks.

How Long Do the Effects of Teeth Whitening Last?

Some patients are happy with the results for a full decade. For others, the effects last only a year. Most people enjoy a brighter smile for two to five years.

Do I Need My Parents' Permission to Undergo Teeth Whitening?

Any medical procedure on a minor requires parental approval, including teeth whitening. If you need Dr. G to talk with your parents about the risks involved, she will.

Is There Any Danger to Having Your Teeth Whitened?

The teeth whitening experience has been studied for a while and there have been no ill effects discovered. The biggest problem associated with teeth whitening is the misuse of home bleaching kits. It is best to have a dentist perform the procedure. It takes about an hour and the results are good.

Will Teeth Whitening Help with Tetracycline Stained Teeth?

Not always, no. Teeth Whitening is usually the first step in the procedure of treating tetracycline stained teeth. The process may work, or not. If teeth whitening works to reduce the tetracycline staining, then you might avoid more costly procedures. The problem with tetracycline is that the stain is often deep and it is less of a stain than a changing of the enamel from off-white to gray. Usually, people who have tetracycline stained teeth have veneers placed so that the teeth are white. There is an emerging technology that uses a dental laser to remove tetracycline staining.

Insurance Providers

We accept the following insurance providers and we accept all PPO plans.

Aetna
Ameritas
Assurant Health
Cigna
Connection Dental
Delta Dental
DenteMax
GEHA
Guardian
Humana
MetLife
United Concordia Dental
United Healthcare