Teeth Whitening

Teeth Whitening services offered in San Antonio, TX

Teeth Whitening

Has your smile lost some of its sparkle and shine? If so, professional teeth whitening has a lot to offer and is among the services available from Kathleen Torres, DDS, Marii Malagayo, DDS, and the team at Reality Bites Dental in San Antonio, Texas. If you’re ready to whiten and brighten your smile, call the office or request an appointment online today.  

Teeth Whitening Q & A

What are some common causes of tooth discoloration?

Several different things can cause or contribute to tooth discoloration. The aging process is a primary factor. Only the outermost layer of enamel is white. The next layer of hard tissue is called dentin, which is yellow. 

As you age, your enamel thins, revealing more of the yellow dentin. There’s very little you can do to slow or prevent this natural sign of aging. 

Additional causes of tooth discoloration include:

  • Exposure to high levels of fluoride
  • Certain medications
  • Traumatic dental injury
  • Poor dental hygiene
  • Certain medical conditions
  • Tobacco use
  • Genetic factors

Foods and beverages that stain are also a common source of discoloration. Examples include coffee, tea, red wine, berries, and even potatoes.


How does teeth whitening work?

In-house professional teeth whitening uses a powerful whitening solution to blast apart surface staining. You simply relax in the treatment chair as your practitioner carefully isolates your soft tissues before painting the solution onto the surface of your teeth. 

It takes only a short period of time for the whitening agent to eliminate discoloration, revealing a gleaming white grin. In-office whitening can boost your smile by numerous shades in just one visit. 

You can also choose to whiten your teeth at home using professional-grade products available only from your dentist. Reality Bites Dental offers a Lifetime Whitening Program that includes a set of trays and tubes of whitening gel. You also receive a free whitening treatment during your routine dental exams and cleaning visits.   


How long will my teeth whitening results last?

Once you see your newly bright smile, you’ll want to do all you can to maintain and extend those results. Begin by taking a close look at your favorite foods and beverages. You can still enjoy your morning coffee or a glass of red wine with dinner — just embrace the habit of a quick mouth rinse or brushing afterward. 

You can also extend professional whitening results by coming in for routine cleanings twice a year. These visits allow your dental professional to remove all traces of plaque and bacteria. A solid at-home brushing and flossing routine is also a great way to keep your smile sparkling. 


When you’re ready to learn more, call the office to schedule a visit. Online booking is also an option and is fast and easy.

Reality Bites Dental