Teeth Whitening

Cosmetic & General Dentistry located in San Antonio, TX

Teeth Whitening services offered in San Antonio, TX

Have you noticed your teeth losing some of their brightness over the years? If so, professional teeth whitening can help and is one of many cosmetic treatments offered by Mark A Porter, DDS, and Shane Porter, DDS, at their thriving San Antonio, Texas practice. Call or click today to set up a time to explore how professional teeth whitening can create a brighter and whiter smile. 

Teeth Whitening Q & A

What are some common causes of tooth discoloration?

If you’ve experienced changes in the shade of your teeth over time, you’re certainly not alone. The aging process is a leading cause of tooth discoloration. That’s because only the outermost layer of hard tissue, called enamel, is naturally white in color. 

Beneath your enamel lies another layer of hard tissue called dentin. This tissue is naturally yellow in color, and as your enamel wears thin, more of the yellow dentin is revealed. 

Additional causes of tooth discoloration include:

  • Traumatic injury
  • Poor dental hygiene
  • Tobacco use
  • Explore to high levels of fluoride
  • Certain medications
  • Food and drink that stain, like red wine, berries, or tea

Most people notice their smiles darkening over time. Fortunately, professional teeth whitening can help.


How does teeth whitening work?

The Mark A Porter, DDS team offers LaserSmile®, an advanced teeth whitening system that uses the power of light energy to brighten the shade of your smile. The process begins by carefully isolating your tongue and other soft tissues to protect them. 

Next, a special whitening gel is applied to the front surfaces of your teeth. Then, your dentist directs the laser toward the surface of your teeth, activating the whitening gel. Within just 20 minutes, LaserSmile can brighten your teeth by 6-12 shades. 

The gel used in teeth whitening blasts apart stains, revealing a whiter smile in just a short time. Most people report little tooth sensitivity during treatments and are extremely impressed with the results. 


How can I maintain my teeth whitening results?

The best way to keep your teeth as bright and white as possible is to maintain optimal dental hygiene. Ask your dentist about the best brushing and flossing techniques, and make time to clean your teeth at least twice a day. 

You can also prevent staining by avoiding tobacco products. If you enjoy food or beverages known to stain, consider gently brushing your teeth or rinsing your mouth afterward to reduce staining. 

Over-the-counter whitening toothpastes and rinses cannot brighten your smile the way professional teeth whitening can. Still, they’re a good way to maintain your results in between in-office whitening visits.

When you’re ready to give professional teeth whitening a try, call or click to find a time that fits your busy life.