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Teeth Whitening

Yampa Valley Family Dentistry -  - Family & General Dentist

Yampa Valley Family Dentistry

Family & General Dentist located in Craig, CO

If your teeth are yellow or discolored and it negatively affects your self-esteem, you may want to consider a cosmetic dentistry technique like teeth whitening. Thanks to modern treatments, teeth whitening is safe and effective and provides long-lasting results. Family and general dentist, Jason Shockley, MS, DDS, and the team at Yampa Valley Family Dentistry in Craig, Colorado, proudly offer two different types of professional teeth whitening treatments. To request your teeth whitening consultation today, call the office or click the online booking tool.

Teeth Whitening

Why are my teeth stained and yellow?

Yellowing and discolored teeth occur as a result of the natural aging process. As you get older, the thin outer layer of your teeth (enamel) chips, cracks, and flakes away. Over time, this reveals the inner portion of your teeth (dentin). Dentin is naturally yellow in color; the more enamel you lose, the more visible your dentin becomes.

Other factors that contribute to stained or yellow teeth include:

  • Poor oral hygiene
  • Tobacco use
  • Drinking dark-colored beverages


You might also develop yellow or discolored teeth if you take prescription medications that contain tetracycline. 

What is teeth whitening?

Teeth whitening is a cutting-edge cosmetic dentistry procedure that removes stains and discoloration from the surface of your teeth.

The majority of modern teeth whitening solutions use carbamide peroxide as their main bleaching ingredient. Carbamide peroxide is in the same family as hydrogen peroxide and presents very few side effects. In addition, it’s FDA-approved and safe for people of all ages. 

Are there different types of teeth whitening treatment?

At Yampa Valley Family Dentistry, the providers offer several different types of teeth whitening treatment, including:

Take-home whitening trays

Take-home whitening trays don’t provide instant results, but they can whiten and brighten your teeth over a period of weeks. If you’re interested in a take-home whitening treatment, your Yampa Valley Family Dentistry provider takes impressions of your teeth and develops a custom mouthguard.

Once you receive your whitening mouthguard, you fill it with a bleaching solution and wear it three to four hours every night for a week or two. Slowly but surely, this process eradicates stains and brightens your enamel. 

Philips Zoom! teeth whitening

Philips Zoom!® teeth whitening is an in-office treatment that can make your teeth up to *eight shades whiter in just one session. Prior to the Zoom! Whitening treatment, your dentist places a rubber dam over your gums and tongue. Next, a bleaching solution is applied to the surface of your teeth.

Once the solution dries, your dentist points a special light at your teeth. The light triggers a chemical bleaching reaction that transforms your teeth. During Zoom! teeth whitening, your dentist repeats these steps three separate times.

What type of teeth whitening is right for me?

To determine the type of teeth whitening treatment you’ll most benefit from, make an appointment at Yampa Valley Family Dentistry. Following an oral exam, review of your medical history, and discussion of your goals for treatment, your dentist develops a custom treatment plan to align with your needs. 

Request your teeth whitening appointment at Yampa Valley Family Dentistry today, by calling the office or clicking the online booking tool. 


*Individual results may vary.