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Choosing a dentist for your family's care is a big step, and we know you probably have a lot of questions about our office, dental care, and your own health in particular.
We've taken the time to collect some of the questions we hear most often. See if your question is answered here! If not – or if you'd like more information – give us a call or send us an email using the convenient online form on our Contact page.
Teeth Whitening will not damage your teeth because it is a reversible process. When whitening gel comes in contact with the outer layer of your teeth, it opens the little pores in your enamel known as rods and penetrates the enamel removing stains that have built up over time. This process is what causes your teeth to appear whiter and brighter after whitening. Whitening is reversible in the sense that the effect will fade over time which is why many people like to have custom whitening trays made, so they can routinely apply gel to the trays. This continual maintenance will keep a person's teeth looking whiter over time
How Does Teeth Whitening Work?
There are two main agents that you will usually see in different whitening products, which are hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide. Both of these whitening agents work in the same way and there is not one that is better than the other. Carbamide Peroxide will usually be seen in higher percentages than hydrogen peroxide, but again this doesn't change the result or outcome. These differing percentages is just a result of the chemistry that goes into making them.
Teeth Whitening Side Effects
The most common post-op issue seen with whitening is tooth sensitivity. Sensitivity does not occur in everyone but if it does, the good news is that just like whitening, this is reversible as well. In addition, many whitening products now incorporate desensitizing agents in the gel in order to decrease the amount of sensitivity patients experience. Sensitivity has decreased tremendously since the desensitizing agents have been incorporated in the gels.
To conclude, whitening is very safe and one of the easiest and least invasive ways to brighten a patient's smile and increase their confidence and self-esteem.
If you would like to learn more about professional teeth whitening and the different options, call our office and schedule a consultation!
You shouldn’t eat or drink anything that will stain your teeth in the first 2-3 days after whitening. This includes red wine, tea, soda, blueberries, etc….
If you've been thinking about making cosmetic changes to your smile, let us know! We'd love to sit down with you and discuss your options.
We have multiple ways to improve the appearance of your smile, and choosing the one that's right for you will be a matter of taking into account several factors, including:
- What you'd like to change about your smile
- Your current level of oral health
- Your long-term goals
- Your budget
- Your habits and lifestyle
Professional Teeth Whitening
One of the easiest ways to make a huge difference in the appearance of your smile is professional teeth whitening. This treatment can brighten your smile by several shades, and you can decide whether you'd like to have the convenience of in-office whitening or have custom trays made that will allow you to whiten at home on your own time. If the concerns you have go beyond whitening, there are other options available to transform you smile into something you will absolutely love. Some of these options include veneers and crowns. These options are not recommended for all patients. However, if you are a good candidate, these versatile treatments can completely transform your smile!
When we plan any course of treatment, even fillings or orthodontic care, we consider carefully the esthetic impact to your smile. We know that your smile is one of your most personal and valuable assets, and we take great care to make sure that it looks its best. The first step towards finding the right treatments for your needs is to schedule a consultation with our team. Give us a call today for more info!
Teeth whitening can cause some sensitivity that is reversible. If sensitivity occurs, it is best that you take skip a day or two in between whitening sessions in order to reduce the sensitivity.
This is best to do when using whitening strips or applying gel to custom whitening trays at home.
If whitening is being done in a dental office and it involves one appointment, then you should stop the whitening when you start to feel any initial sensitivity.
There are desensitizing gels that are sometimes incorporated into the whitening gel such as potassium nitrate. These type of gels can also be applied afterwards to help reduce any sensitivity.