Teeth Whitening Specialist

Sunrise Dental of Seattle - Ballard

General Dentistry located in Seattle, WA

Dull and discolored teeth can keep you from feeling confident about your smile, which is why the team of talented dentists at Sunrise Dental of Seattle - Ballard offer professional-grade teeth whitening services to their patients in Seattle and the surrounding communities. To begin your journey towards a whiter, brighter smile, schedule an appointment today by calling the office or requesting an appointment online.

Teeth Whitening Q & A

Why are my teeth discolored?

Your teeth lose their luster and turn dull or discolored (typically yellow) for a number of different reasons, including:

  • Consuming too many dark-pigmented foods and drinks, like coffee, red wine, cola, berries or soy sauce
  • Smoking cigarettes or using other tobacco products
  • Bad oral hygiene

Your teeth also generally discolor as you age, since the enamel on the outside of your teeth wears down and the dentin on the inside is naturally yellow. Genetics can actually play a role in the color of your teeth, as well, since porous or more transparent enamel can be inherited, which makes any staining on your teeth more pronounced.

How can I whiten my teeth?

There are many teeth whitening options available on the market today, but the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry recommends bleaching trays that have been custom-designed by your dentist for the safest and most effective teeth whitening.

Custom-designed bleaching trays, like those made by the dental professionals at Sunrise Dental, are designed to fit perfectly in your mouth and contour around every nook and cranny in your smile. Your dentist gives you a professional-grade bleaching solution to take home and put in the trays, which you wear daily for up to an hour, giving you a noticeably whiter smile in 2-3 weeks.

Many patients ask about at-home whitening kits and strips, which are cheap and convenient, but not nearly as effective or safe as custom-made bleaching trays. Many of these kits use bleaching agents that aren’t as concentrated as what you’ll get at Sunrise Dental, and because the strips or trays aren’t designed for your particular teeth, the bleaching agent frequently leaks out and irritates your gums.

Is teeth whitening safe?

Custom-designed bleaching trays and other professional-grade teeth whitening procedures are considered a safe and painless way to brighten up your smile.

Side effects are rare, and the most you might experience is increased sensitivity in your teeth during or shortly after your treatments. If your teeth are sensitive following a whitening treatment, talk to your dentist at Sunrise Dental. They might recommend using a sensitive toothpaste or taking a short break from your treatments.

To get started on making your smile more luminous, schedule a teeth whitening appointment today with the team at Sunrise Dental. You can call the office or book online.