Teeth Whitening

Teeth Whitening in Houston, TX

Happy smiling young couple over white backgroundDespite your best efforts to maintain a proper oral health routine, teeth can appear discolored or worn over time. Enhancing your smile through cosmetic teeth whitening treatments can provide life-changing and confidence-boosting results. Years of discoloration can be diminished sometimes in as little as an hour so that you can enjoy a bright smile just in time for an important social event, yearbook picture, or job interview.

Dr. Alma Payumo and our dedicated team combine extensive training with state-of-the-art technology to offer quality teeth whitening in Houston, TX. Call us today to schedule an appointment!


What Are My Options for Whitening My Smile Professionally?

Picture of beautiful woman with white teethWhile it’s often the most noticeable, surface staining is also easily treatable. Professional teeth whitening uses specialty-formulated gels and solutions to brighten your smile by up to eight shades safely and effectively. At Alma F. Payumo, DMD, we offer a variety of professional teeth whitening options. In-office whitening delivers powerful results in a single visit, while take-home whitening kits allow you to brighten your smile when and where you wish.

In-Office Teeth Whitening

After a routine examination and teeth cleaning, your chairside teeth whitening procedure begins with making sure your gums and lips are covered for extra protection, leaving only your teeth exposed. Next, we apply the professional whitening gel evenly to the surfaces of your teeth. Once even application is ensured, the whitening solution is activated by a special light that penetrates past your enamel, breaking up the discoloration. This process continues in three sessions, each lasting about 15 minutes, for a total treatment time of about 45 minutes.

Take-Home Teeth Whitening Kits

A thorough consultation is necessary to make sure take-home whitening is best for your needs. We provide the materials and instructions you need to brighten your smile safely in the comfort of your own home. Take-home whitening includes two appointments. First, digital impressions are taken to create the blueprint for your custom trays. At your second visit, we’ll supply you with your trays and the whitening solution. Once at home, you’ll apply the whitening gel evenly to your trays yourself, so you can achieve the radiant smile you’ve always wanted at your own pace.

How Can I Help Keep My Smile Bright After Whitening?

After investing the time and money needed to achieve the bright smile you’ve always desired, the last thing you want is for your stunning results to fade quickly. Here are five tips we recommend for helping keep your smile whiter, longer:

  1. Brush twice daily, preferably with an electric toothbrush to access those hard-to-reach places.
  2. Floss and rinse daily to rid your smile of food debris and bacterial components that like to stain teeth.
  3. Avoid or limit stain-causing culprits, such as smoking, red wine, coffee, ketchup, and marinara sauce.
  4. Use a straw whenever drinking coffee or tea from a mug or cup.
  5. Chew sugarless gum to help stimulate your saliva glands. Saliva helps wash away food debris that can lead to staining while also strengthening tooth enamel.

Close up portrait of cheerful young manBefore your teeth can be whitened, it’s essential to find the source of the discoloration and try to minimize or correct the cause. Teeth whitening is designed to clear stains within the enamel. These are usually due to dark or acidic foods and drinks, such as coffee, wine, soda, berries, and citrus. Tobacco is also known to cause stains and yellowing, which whitening may correct.

However, other factors may cause teeth to change color, such as illnesses, medications, and tooth damage. These types of discoloration aren’t affected by teeth whitening and may require a different solution, such as veneers or crowns.

Your smile’s health is also important. Whitening won’t help your smile much if other health issues, such as gum disease or cavities, pose a threat to your smile. Our team will perform a thorough exam to ensure your smile is healthy before any whitening treatment.

Achieving Your Best Smile

Being stressed or embarrassed about your smile is not a trivial thing. Not only can it impact your social life, but it can harm the way you see yourself. With professional whitening at our Houston, TX, dental office, you can have a smile that reflects who you are, giving you the confidence to face the world and enjoy your life to its fullest. Call us today!


Contact Us. We encourage you to contact us with any questions or comments you may have. Please call our office or use the quick contact form below.

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We encourage you to contact us with any questions or comments you may have. Please call our office or use the quick contact form below.