Teeth whitening treatments can drastically improve your smile with a minimum investment of time on your part. If you are considering this treatment, you may have questions before you begin the process. Here are some of the most common inquiries we get about teeth whitening treatments.
How do teeth whitening treatments work? The enhancement of the shade of the teeth is achieved by applying bleaching gels to the teeth. Those bleaching agents then permeate the enamel and go beyond the surface to release stains from the teeth.
Will my teeth be sensitive? Some people do notice some sensitivity with teeth whitening, and this phenomenon is more likely when patients have repeated teeth whitening treatments. Any sensitivity will be temporary, and patients can address this symptom by using specially formulated toothpaste for sensitive teeth. Your dentist can give you other suggestions if you experience tooth sensitivity after whitening.
Why should I get a teeth whitening treatment from my dentist instead of buying one at the drugstore? Professional grade teeth whitening treatments tend to have more noticeable and consistent results than over-the-counter products. So, to get the best results possible, consider getting your teeth whitening treatment from us.
What kind of results can I expect from teeth whitening? Patients may notice that their teeth get as many as 8-10 shades whiter as a result of teeth whitening. Some deep stains may not respond to teeth whitening, however, and other treatments may be needed to eliminate or conceal these stains.
Will my restorations (crowns, veneers, etc.) respond to teeth whitening treatments? Restorations will not respond to bleaching agents, so if you are planning teeth whitening treatment in combination with restorations to improve your smile, you should have your teeth whitened before the restorations are placed. That way, the restoration can match your desired teeth shade.
How can I maintain my results? Teeth whitening is not permanent, so you will need occasional touch-ups. You can generally use these treatments in the comfort of your home. To extend your results between touch-ups, however, you may want to limit your consumption of stain-causing foods and beverages, like tea, coffee and dark berries.
We encourage patients who are considering teeth whitening treatment to call our office and ask any additional questions you may have. Learn more about how this cosmetic enhancement may help you to achieve your smile goals.