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November 30, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Get that visibly brighter smile before a special occasion or important event.teeth whitening

Having a healthy smile is important; however, if your smile looks dull and faded then it may not look as healthy as it could be. Whether you just want to feel more confident in your appearance or you have a wedding to attend, there are many reasons that people are turning to our Sugar Land, TX, cosmetic dentists, Drs. Stephen and Mark Lukin, for teeth whitening.

Sure, you could whiten your smile at home by trying do-it-yourself methods and drugstore whitening kits. You may even be using whitening toothpaste regularly. Of course, if your stains are rather widespread then these methods may not be enough to give you the results you’ve been looking for. Now is the perfect time to get professional teeth whitening from our Sugar Land dentists.

What’s different about professional teeth whitening?

Besides the simple fact that you won’t have to worry about whitening your teeth every night and you can let the experts do it for you, you’ll also enjoy getting amazing and fast results that you can instantly see in just one session. In-office whitening takes about one hour to complete and in that hour you could achieve a smile that’s up to seven shades whiter than when you walked through our doors.

The secret lies in the strength of the whitening gel we use. The whitening gel that you are using to whiten your teeth at home is effective but the reason you don’t see the same results as you would with in-office whitening is that the active ingredient found within this product isn’t as strong as it is in professional whitening systems. The reason? Our dentists are specially trained to safely handle the whitening process but non-dental professionals aren’t. In order to prevent issues, at-home whitening kits are designed to brighten smiles but with a much smaller percentage of the active ingredient.

So, if you truly want to wipe your smile clean of stains and discolorations caused by aging, foods, drinks and smoking and you want to do it quickly then professional in-office whitening may be the ideal solution.

Are you interested in getting professional teeth whitening? Do you want to find out if you are a good candidate for this cosmetic treatment? Well, Lukin Family Dentistry in Sugar Land, TX, is here to meet your cosmetic needs.


You’ve been embarrassed for a while now by your yellowed, dull teeth. You’re ready for a change.

There’s a simple and cost-effective way to make that change: you can temporarily brighten your smile with teeth whitening, possibly at home. But before you try it, you should first have a dental examination to find out if whitening is the right choice for you.

First off, healthy teeth with outer enamel staining are the best candidates for whitening. Teeth and gums with tooth decay or periodontal (gum) disease should be treated first before undergoing whitening. A dental exam will uncover any health issues you may have with your mouth.

In the same vein, you’ll want to consider whitening carefully if you have dental work like veneers, crowns or implants. Unlike natural teeth, these non-biological materials won’t be affected by the bleaching agent. We can discuss any potential for color mismatch between your whitened natural teeth and your dental work during your examination.

A dental exam can also uncover one other crucial fact — what kind of tooth staining you have. There are two basic types: extrinsic, staining on the outside enamel as we’ve mentioned earlier; and intrinsic, staining that originates from inside a tooth. The whitening kits you purchase from a store and even some of the whitening techniques we use in the office only diminish extrinsic, not intrinsic staining. To address an intrinsically-stained tooth requires a much more involved, invasive clinical technique only performed by dental professionals.

Finally, a dental examination is a good discussion forum for helping you decide between a home kit and a clinical procedure. While DIY kits are effective for the most part, you won’t be able to precisely control the degree of brightness like we can. This could be important if you want a specific shade of whiteness, from a more subtle and natural shade to dazzling “Hollywood” bright. Shade control could also help minimize color mismatch with dental work.

In the end, we want to help you make the best choice for teeth whitening. Even if you decide to pursue whitening at home, we can offer you valuable advice on what to look for when you buy a kit and how to use it. That alone could help ensure you get the new, bright smile you desire!

If you would like more information on teeth whitening, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Important Teeth Whitening Questions…Answered!


Your teeth were meant to shine! Tooth enamel’s polished translucence, framed by the dentin layer beneath it, has a way of vibrantly catching the light when you smile. But tooth wear and structural changes as you age can dim that shine. Add to that staining caused by foods and beverages or disease and your smile could further lose its luster.

On your supermarket or pharmacy oral hygiene aisle you’ll find dozens of products promising to restore that lost luster, including toothpastes, whitening kits or even chewing gum. While such products work to some degree, our dental office may have the right solution for you: a safe and effective treatment for whitening teeth.

Why see us for teeth whitening? For one, professional whitening solutions contain a higher concentration of bleaching agent (usually 35-45% hydrogen peroxide) than home kits. We usually apply it in a gel form directly to the teeth while using barrier devices like dams to protect the lips and other soft tissue from irritation. We may then apply heat or light to the applied gel to enhance the release of peroxide into your enamel.

This professional procedure can often give you a brighter smile in fewer sessions than a home whitening kit — and it may last longer. What’s more, we can control the level of brightness to produce only a subtle change or a dazzling “Hollywood” smile — whatever your preference.

Like a home kit, this procedure bleaches staining on the outer surface of enamel, known as extrinsic staining. But you can also have discoloration deep within a tooth, known as intrinsic staining, caused by a variety of reasons like tetracycline use early in life or complications from a root canal treatment. Home kits or even the professional treatment described above can’t whiten intrinsic staining.

For intrinsic staining you’ll need a special procedure that places a bleaching agent inside the tooth. Depending on the extent of staining the procedure could require more than one session.

To find out what kind of discoloration you have, visit us for a full examination. We’ll then be able to give you your options for putting the shine back in your smile.

If you would like more information on teeth whitening, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Teeth Whitening.”

February 03, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Do you want a dazzling smile? In-office teeth whitening removes years of dental stains and the process is safe. Lukin Family Dentistry, teeth whiteningwhich is located in Sugar Land, TX, offers professional solutions for individuals who are interested in whitening their smiles. Dr. Stephen Lukin and Dr. Mark Lukin are both dentists in Sugar Land, TX. Read on to find out if teeth whitening would work for you.

In-Office Teeth Whitening 

For in-office bleaching, your dentist will place a protective rubber guard over your gums to help avoid sensitivity to the hydrogen peroxide. Your dentist will combine a whitening gel with a light source to whiten your teeth. An in-office teeth whitening session takes about 60 minutes. One in-office teeth whitening session will make your teeth about 10 shades lighter.

Good Candidates for Bleaching

Almost everyone is a viable candidate for teeth whitening. The ideal candidate for professional teeth whitening is someone who is in good dental health and has tooth discoloration or stains. Teeth whitening helps to remove stains on the surface of your teeth caused by smoking and drinking dark-colored beverages such as red wine, coffee, and tea. Your Sugar Land, TX dentist will assess your oral health and recommend the whitening method that is best for you.

Poor Candidates for Bleaching

Teeth whitening is not recommended if you have untreated cavities. Your cavities need to be treated before your teeth are whitened. With a professional teeth whitening treatment, a person's natural teeth will lighten but their restorations won't. Teeth whitening treatments will not have a lightening effect on the color of veneers, fillings, crowns, and dental bridges. Nursing or pregnant women are advised to avoid teeth whitening. 

Your smile is one of the first things people notice about you. Say goodbye to those less-than-perfect pearly whites. Now is the time to get your sexy smile. Call Lukin Family Dentistry in Sugar Land, TX at 281-265-9000 right now to schedule an appointment for an in-office teeth bleaching session. One of the most glamorous ways to improve your appearance is the ultimate accessory—a celebrity smile!

If you are ashamed of your yellowed or stained teeth, you are not alone. One of the most popular cosmetic dentistry procedures is teeth teeth whiteningwhitening, and for good reason. It is one of the fastest and most effective cosmetic procedures available, with dramatic results in just minutes. But what makes professional teeth whitening different? Learn more about teeth whitening with help from your Sugarland, TX dentist.

The History of Teeth Whitening
Throughout history, oral health has always been important. Before the invention of toothpaste, people used soft chewing sticks cut off of trees to keep their teeth clean. While this may sound like a less-than-perfect method, the practice is still in use today in some places, proving its effectiveness. Teeth whitening itself began with the ancient Romans, whose doctors believed urine would lift the color of teeth. Modern teeth whitening began with barbers, who were responsible for tooth care as well as cutting hair. In the late 18th century, the discovery of fluoride opened the gates for a more modern approach to teeth whitening. Today, teeth whitening comes in many variations, including at-home kits and incredibly effective professional treatments.

At-Home Teeth Whitening vs. In-Office Teeth Whitening
At-home teeth whitening kits do whiten teeth, but their results are much different than an in-office session. At-home whitening kits take several weeks of continued use to show results while your Sugarland dentist’s whitening method only takes about an hour to lift the color of your teeth up to ten shades. This is due to the whitening agents used. In-office sessions are monitored by your dentist, meaning the chemicals used can be stronger than at-home whitening agents. Additionally, your dentist uses a special whitening light to speed up the process, leaving you with a Hollywood smile in just a single session.

How can I keep my teeth white? 
Keeping your teeth white is as easy as avoiding the things which stain them. Coffee, tea, tobacco use and darkly pigmented foods such as berries contribute to teeth staining and yellowing. Since avoiding these things is not always feasible for many people, there are ways to limit the time the stain-causing acids in these foods and drinks are in contact with your teeth. Swish with water after eating these foods, and try to eat them all at once instead of throughout the day. Most people who undergo professional teeth whitening treatments see their dentist for touch up sessions once or twice a year.

For more information on teeth whitening, please contact Dr. Stephen P. Lukin and Dr. Mark Lukin at Lukin Family Dentistry in Sugarland, TX. Call (281) 265-9000 to schedule your teeth whitening appointment today!