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Teeth Whitening Specialist

Flossmore Dental

Hank Chang, DDS

Dentist located in Richardson, TX

Having whiter, brighter teeth can do wonders for patients’ confidence and self-esteem, and it can also take years off their smile. At his practice in Richardson, Texas, Dr. Chang uses state-of-the-art whitening techniques, including in-office treatments and take-home kits, to help patients look and feel their best.

Teeth Whitening Q & A

Why do teeth become yellowed and dingy?

Teeth can become discolored for different reasons, but most superficial discoloration occurs as a result of the foods and beverages that people consume, including coffee, red wine, some spices, and dark-colored berries. Citrus fruits and orange juice, while healthy, can temporarily soften tooth enamel, so it’s easier for stains to penetrate. Smoking and using smokeless tobacco products are a major cause of tooth discoloration, and not having teeth professionally cleaned on a routine basis can also contribute to dinginess. Sometimes, the tooth interior can become darkened because of decay or damage to the interior structure of the tooth. In those cases, a crown or veneer may be needed to restore healthy color.

How does professional teeth whitening work?

Professional teeth whitening uses special solutions designed specifically for dental professionals to remove superficial stains that cause most tooth discoloration. During an in-office whitening procedure, special techniques are used to enable the whitening solution to penetrate deeply, helping to remove stains even in the deeper surface layers of the teeth. At-home whitening kits use special trays that help the solution remain on the tooth surface longer. Trays are custom-fitted to the mouth so the solution remains in contact with more of the tooth surface during treatment. At-home kits can help prolong the results of a professional whitening or tooth cleaning.

Is professional teeth whitening safe?

Yes, the solutions and methods used in professional whitening have been tested and shown to be completely safe for whitening and brightening teeth.

Are professional whitening treatments better than kits from the drugstore?

Yes, professional teeth whitening treatments use powerful solutions and special techniques designed specifically for use in a dentist office or under the care and supervision of a dental professional. Plus, the trays used in at-home whitening kits provided by our office are custom-made to fit patients’ mouths for better coverage and more consistent results compared to over-the-counter, one-size-fits-all kits. Having the teeth whitened by a dentist can also reduce the risk of temporary sensitivity by correcting tiny cracks or fissures prior to whitening treatments.

Accepted Insurance Providers

Please contact the office to find out if your specific plan is accepted.

Assurant Employee Benefits
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts
Delta Dental
Dental Network of America
Dental Select
MCNA Dental