Teeth Whitening

What causes tooth discoloration?

There are many reasons your teeth might have lost their shine. 


One of the more common reasons for discoloration is practicing poor oral hygiene while consuming too many stain-causing foods and beverages, like:

  • Berries
  • Tomato-based sauces
  • Coffee
  • Red wine
  • Dark sodas
  • Cigarettes
  • Chewing tobacco

These and other products leave stain-causing pigments on the surface of your teeth, and when you don’t clean your smile properly, those stains can seep into your tooth enamel.  

Medications can also leave your smile dull and discolored. Certain antihistamines and antipsychotics can affect the color of your teeth, as can early exposure to certain antibiotics.

Your teeth also lose their color as you age. As your white enamel wears down from regular use, it allows more of the dentin within your tooth to show through, which naturally turns yellow over time.



How do you whiten my teeth?

To give you back your natural-looking, white smile, Dr. Rapal uses the Zoom teeth whitening system. Zoom can get your teeth up to eight shades whiter in just one treatment. 

During your in-office whitening procedure, Dr. Rapal uses special tools to protect your lips, gums, and cheeks. She then applies a professional-strength whitening solution to your teeth. The whitening solution penetrates the enamel and breaks up the pigments that cause stains, allowing the natural whiteness of your teeth to show through again.

To address deep-set stains, Dr. Rapal uses the Zoom LED light technology. She controls the variable settings to speed up the whitening process and reach your desired results.

The whole process takes less than an hour, so you can schedule a teeth whitening treatment for your lunch break and return to work with a smile that looks instantly more youthful and attractive.

Does teeth whitening hurt?

Teeth whitening is a minimally invasive and painless procedure. At most, you might experience some increased sensitivity in your teeth after your treatment. If this happens to you, Dr. Rapal can give you a special toothpaste that can reduce your sensitivity and ease your discomfort.

Is teeth whitening safe?

Whitening your teeth under the supervision of a professional like Dr. Rapal is safe. Store-bought whitening kits, on the other hand, can harm your oral health. The strips and trays that over-the-counter kits use aren’t for your particular smile, which leaves the bleaching solution in them to frequently leak out and irritate your gums.

If you’re ready for a whiter, brighter smile, schedule a Zoom teeth whitening consultation by calling the office of Kiran Rapal DDS, Inc., or request an appointment through the online booking system today.