How Does Teeth Whitening Work?


As we age our teeth begin to lose their original luster. Discoloration occurs from natural processes as well as from the foods and drinks we enjoy every day. For those with this condition, this can be a source of embarrassment. Indianapolis-based Dr. John R. Phelps is a prosthodontist who has trained beyond his dental degree to gain experience with safe, effective, and advanced procedures, including teeth whitening treatments, to enhance and brighten your smile.

As you age, natural tooth discoloration happens when the enamel protecting your teeth wears away, exposing a yellowish layer underneath known as the dentin layer. Some other contributing factors to teeth discoloration include:

  1. Smoking
  2. Acidic foods
  3. Coffee/Tea
  4. Soft drinks/Red wine

While there are many over-the-counter teeth whitening products available, it’s recommended to see an experienced dentist who has the knowledge to custom-tailor a treatment plan specifically for you.

Dr. Phelps offers several options for teeth whitening. In-office sessions involve using hydrogen peroxide gel on your teeth for extended periods of time while using a special heat lamp to accelerate the process. A take-home treatment plan is also available for those looking to gradually whiten their teeth. Dr. Phelps creates special trays customized for your teeth that are used for several weeks. This method gives you control on how white you want your teeth.

If you live in or near the Indianapolis area and are interested in whitening your teeth to enhance your smile, contact Dr. Phelps at 317-793-6133 to schedule your consultation to find the best solution for you. We strive to help your smile look its best.

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