Teeth Whitening Specialist

General Dentist & Cosmetic Dentist in Phoenix, AZ

Teeth Whitening services offered in Phoenix, AZ

A bright, white smile can instantly boost your aesthetic confidence. At his self-named practice in Phoenix, Arizona, Michael W. Zacher, DDS, uses state-of-the-art Opalescence™ teeth whitening. Opalescence is available via at-home options to suit your needs and cosmetic goals. To learn more about teeth whitening, call the office, or schedule an appointment online today.

Teeth Whitening Q & A

What is teeth whitening?

Teeth whitening is the process of removing stains from your tooth enamel. Many types of teeth whitening exist, but none produce dramatic results like professional products can. 

While over-the-counter (OTC) teeth whitening strips, toothpaste, and mouth rinse can effectively remove extrinsic (surface) stains, they can’t penetrate the deeper layers to remove intrinsic stains. Professional teeth whitening is the fastest way to brighten your teeth by several shades in a single visit.

What causes yellow teeth?

Teeth often become discolored as you age. Tooth enamel, the hard, protective coating on the outside of your teeth, keeps your smile bright and white.

As you age, this thick layer naturally thins. Thinning enamel can expose the darker dentin underneath. Many foods, drinks, and other factors can also cause tooth discoloration.

Common causes of yellow teeth include:

  • Red wine
  • Coffee and tea
  • Dark sauces (soy, marinara, curry, etc.)
  • Sugary drinks (soda, juice, etc.)
  • Certain medications, especially antibiotics
  • Chemotherapy
  • Tobacco use (cigarettes, chewing tobacco, etc.)
  • Tooth decay
  • Poor oral hygiene

Some people have naturally thinner enamel than others. If you practice good oral hygiene and rarely consume tooth-staining foods, genetics may be to blame.

What are my teeth whitening options?

Take-home whitening trays

Take-home whitening trays offer gradual results on your own time. Available in multiple hydrogen peroxide strengths, Opalescence offers take-home trays that you can wear for 60 minutes per day for 5-10 days. Take-home trays are ideal if you’ve tried in-office whitening in the past and are touching up your results.

Professional teeth whitening can remove years’ worth of stains from your smile in as little as one hour. To learn more about Opalescence teeth whitening, call Michael W. Zacher, DDS, or schedule an appointment online today.