Teeth Whitening

With the advanced teeth whitening options offered at Austin Dental Spa, you can transform the look of your smile in as little as one office visit! Our cosmetic dentist, Dr. Mark Sweeney, utilizes Zoom!® Advanced Power and KöR® Whitening Deep Bleaching systems to lighten patients’ teeth as much as 8-15 shades—if not more! Check out the dramatic results of these state-of-the-art systems in our before-and-after smile makeover photos.

Professional teeth whitening at our practice is effective, long-lasting, and virtually painless. Why live with a smile that is dingy, yellow, or discolored when you can enjoy dazzlingly white teeth? Read more about our teeth whitening solutions below, and how our team strives to help you feel relaxed and comfortable as you undergo treatment.

Over-the-Counter vs. Professional Teeth Whitening

Over-the-counter teeth whitening products are a popular way of brightening one’s smile. While many people are satisfied with the level of whiteness they can achieve with these at-home treatments, others may find professional teeth whitening better aligns with their goals and lifestyle. Over-the-counter teeth whitening products tend to have more diluted whitening ingredients, and since the formulas are not as strong, people may not be able to get the dramatic results they desire. In addition, over-the-counter whitening products are more likely to irritate the gums since the treatment is not custom designed for your mouth, causing the bleaching material to extend past the teeth.

Although many people are happy with their results from over-the-counter teeth whitening, other men and women can benefit more from a professional whitening. In general, teeth whitening treatments performed by a dental professional involve more concentrated bleaching agents that can lighten teeth several more shades. These treatments are typically performed in the office, often with the addition of take-home trays that have been customized to the unique shape of the patient’s mouth.

What Is the Best Teeth Whitening Option for Me?

During your appointment, Dr. Sweeney will listen to your goals and assess the amount of staining and discoloration affecting your teeth. With this information, he can determine if teeth whitening can help you achieve your desired results and, if so, which system is most appropriate for your needs: Zoom! Advanced Power or KöR Whitening Deep Bleaching.

The Zoom! Advanced Power teeth whitening system is an in-office treatment that can be completed within one visit, providing dramatic improvement.

The KöR Whitening Deep Bleaching system is ideal for teeth that have darker, more severe stains, including tetracycline stains. This more intense solution combines in-office treatment with at-home whitening trays to provide optimal whitening results.

The Zoom! In-Office Teeth Whitening Process

Only select dentists around the country have been approved to use the amazing Zoom! Advanced Power in-office teeth whitening system, and we are proud that Austin Dental Spa is one of those! Zoom! Advanced Power is the latest and most technologically advanced teeth whitening system available. Developed by the same former NASA scientist who invented the laser used in LASIK eye surgery, the light source in the Zoom! Advanced Power process is a safe blue-plasma light that enhances the penetration of their patented bleaching gel, resulting in significant changes in a single appointment.

Zoom! Advanced Power is the fastest and most effective in-office teeth whitening method currently on the market. In the past, patients used ill-fitting trays to whiten their teeth at home. The process took about two weeks, and patients’ teeth became four to five shades whiter after the full course of treatment. With Zoom! Advanced Power in-office teeth whitening, patients can undergo dramatic changes in about two hours! We routinely achieve results that are 8-12 shades whiter than when the patient came in, and our record is a remarkable 15 shades! This patented process involves placing a whitening gel on your teeth, and then using a blue plasma light to catalyze the intense teeth-whitening effect. Both upper and lower teeth are treated simultaneously.

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What Can I Expect in My Zoom! Teeth Whitening Results?

Your results following Zoom! teeth whitening should be dramatic, and our patients often comment that they are surprised by how much younger, healthier, and more vibrant they look after a single session. After your treatment, your teeth will always be whiter than they were before. To keep your whitening results brilliant, we recommend flossing, and brushing two times a day.

Our patients believe that the Zoom! Advanced Power treatment is a very worthwhile investment in their self-image. Of course, you will also receive the royal Austin Dental Spa treatment complete with complimentary arm, hand, or foot massage. Wouldn’t it be nice if you could take a spa day and have your teeth whitened at the same time? Now you can: at Austin Dental Spa, our teeth whitening patients enjoy the most pleasant and indulgent dental visits imaginable!

Dr. Mark is a Rock Star!! I have been visiting Dr. Mark at Austin Dental Spa for 7 years. I have had Zoom whitening, a crown and root canal. All treatments were flawless and seamless. Thanks to Dr. Mark’s staff I actually look forward to going to dentist. And the foot massage is a huge bonus. I would highly recommend Dr. Mark Sweeney to anyone looking for a top dentist in Austin. Five stars for Dr. Mark and his amazing staff.

Gretchen Ferguson

June 16, 2018


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The KöR Whitening Deep Bleaching Process

For more severely stained teeth, KöR Whitening is the superior option. It is known as the most effective whitening treatment that has ever been developed and is even able to whiten darkly stained, tetracycline-affected teeth, which has never been possible before. With this revolutionary bleaching system, your smile can be dramatically improved, lightening up to 16 shades or more. With KöR Whitening, it’s possible for any shade of teeth, even the most severely stained, to be turned into beautiful, shining smiles again

The KöR Whitening process involves two to three office visits in addition to wearing the KöR Whitening Trays for two weeks at home. Although it is a more complex whitening treatment, our patients find it both convenient and comfortable, as they can wear the thin, fitted trays while sleeping. Unlike many other bleaching solutions, the concentrated gel formula used in KöR Whitening leaves patients with little to no sensitivity. While it is more involved and expensive than the Zoom! Advanced Power treatment, it is also more effective and reliable.

What Can I Expect in My KöR Whitening Results?

With the occasional home maintenance, the KöR Whitening Deep Bleaching system is a permanent solution that can even withstand such staining agents as coffee, tea, red wine and smoking. Patients who have undergone KöR Whitening always consider it a worthwhile investment, as it lasts much longer than other whitening treatments available.

How Can I Maintain My White Smile?

To keep your smile as white and gorgeous as possible, it is important to follow up your Austin Dental Spa teeth whitening session with regular maintenance and strong oral health. Smokers present the biggest challenge in maintaining their whitening results long term. We strongly recommend that if you smoke, you use the custom trays at home a few times a week after receiving your treatment. This simple addition to your daily routine seems to prolong the whitening effects even for heavy smokers. Another problem with any teeth whitening method is previous dental work in the “smile zone.” Old crowns or fillings will not whiten along with your teeth, therefore making them much more obvious than before whitening. Most patients elect to have this dental work replaced shortly after whitening with new dental crowns, white fillings, or even porcelain veneers.

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How Much Does Teeth Whitening Cost?

The overall cost of professional teeth whitening can vary, depending on the type of treatment used, as well as the number of in-office sessions necessary to achieve the ideal shade. That being said, the price of Zoom! teeth whitening at Austin Dental Spa is typically under $500, while the cost of KoR Whitening often starts under $2000. Depending on your individual case, Dr. Sweeney will recommend a whitening option that can best meet your needs. Once a treatment plan is in place, we can provide you with a more accurate price estimate. If you are interested in breaking up the cost of teeth whitening, you may be able to benefit from a payment plan with CareCredit®. CareCredit is a trusted dental financing company that enables us to provide qualified patients with options to make monthly payments with low or no interest. Our staff can walk you through the process and help you apply, as well as answer any questions you may have.

How Is Tooth Sensitivity Managed During Teeth Whitening?

Although teeth whitening systems like KöR Whitening are designed to significantly minimize sensitivity during treatment, there are some steps patients can take to further improve comfort, including:

  • Using products intended for sensitive teeth (e.g., Sensodyne® toothpaste) for several weeks prior to the whitening treatment, as well as during and after
  • Switching to a soft-bristled toothbrush
  • Spreading out your at-home treatment by using the overnight trays every other evening, rather than every night (this could prolong treatment, but some patients have still found it to be useful)
  • Using a toothpaste and mouthwash containing fluoride, which may be able to help strengthen teeth and minimize discomfort
  • Putting slightly less whitening gel in your at-home trays

Preparing for professional teeth whitening by following these tips can be advantageous for any patient, but it can be especially helpful for individuals whose teeth have been particularly sensitive over the years. Additionally, letting Dr. Sweeney know about your tooth sensitivity prior to the teeth whitening procedure can help him make adjustments to your treatment plan and ensure you are as comfortable as possible.

Additional Frequently Asked Questions About Teeth Whitening

How often should I whiten my teeth?

Generally speaking, it is recommended that you receive follow-up ZOOM! teeth whitening treatments or “touch-ups” every year following your first session to maintain your results. For KöR Whitening, you may want to utilize the take-home whitening trays every month to keep your results from fading. This schedule of future appointments and at-home treatments will heavily depend on your needs, which are influenced by your lifestyle, dental hygiene habits, goals, and tooth sensitivity.  

What should I eat after teeth whitening?

To avoid diminishing your teeth whitening results, it may be necessary to limit certain foods and beverages following your treatment to prevent your teeth from staining. General items to watch out for include tea, coffee, dark berries, chocolate, cola, tomato juice, and red wine. If you want to minimize teeth staining as much as possible, foods and drinks that shouldn’t cause stains are white cheeses, low-fat milk, poultry, and white fish, among many others. 

Can I whiten my dental restorations?

In most cases, dental restorations such as dental bridges, porcelain veneers, and dental crowns cannot be whitened. A great upside of these dental appliances is they are designed to be heavily resistant to staining and discolorations. However, this means they will not be impacted by traditional teeth whitening treatments, so it is important to obtain the ideal shade of restoration you desire before committing. 

Is teeth whitening safe?

The teeth whitening treatments offered at our practice are considered both safe and effective for the right candidates. Our team is comprised of highly-trained, qualified, and experienced professionals who prioritize patient safety above all else. Each treatment is customized to the needs of the patient, which can minimize any discomfort and potential side effects. 

Contact Austin Dental Spa

Zoom! Advanced Power teeth whitening is a great way for patients to complete the look of their smile makeovers. There is nothing like the immediate sense of satisfaction and pride that comes with seeing your new, healthy smile illuminated. When our patients come to Austin Dental Spa for their teeth whitening session, they are also pampered in a completely luxurious spa environment. If you would like to learn more about how you can refresh your appearance and relax your spirit in just a few hours with teeth whitening at Austin Dental Spa, please contact us to schedule your consultation.