At LifeSmile Dentistry, teeth whitening is the most requested cosmetic dentistry treatment. That’s not surprising when you consider it’s one of the easiest ways you can feel more confident when you smile. Plus, whiter teeth instantly make you look years younger.
There are two different causes of tooth discoloration; extrinsic and intrinsic. Extrinsic means outside, so this is when the stains are caused by food and drink such as; coffee, tea, soda, and/or tobacco use. Intrinsic teeth discoloration happens when the stains are caused from the inside. A few of the examples of intrinsic teeth discoloration include; certain medications, tooth trauma, and/or infection.
If you are considering brighten your smile, make an appointment with a dentist from LifeSmile Dentistry to evaluate the condition of your teeth and understand your options.
Common questions about teeth whitening procedures
Are teeth whitening products safe?
Yes, studies have shown that teeth whitening does not harm the tooth enamel. The American Dental Association recommends discussing with your dentist which bleaching product would be best for you. One advantage of having your teeth whitened by a dentist is that a dentist makes sure your gums are protected while the bleaching agent is used.
How long does it take to get a whitening treatment?
When performed in a dentist’s office, a teeth whitening treatment can sometimes be completed in approximately one hour.
Is teeth whitening from a dentist better than over-the-counter treatments?
Yes. One reason is that when a dentist whitens your teeth, the result is much more dramatic. The whitening kits and toothpaste which can be purchased over-the-counter can lighten the color of your teeth approximately one shade. In comparison, the professional treatments performed in a dentist’s office can make your teeth three to eight shades lighter.
How long will the whitening last?
The results can last two years or more, depending on if you choose to avoid coffee, tea, wine, and smoking.
Is it true that teeth whitening causes tooth sensitivity?
Teeth can become sensitive; however, this is not permanent. Not all patients experience sensitivity. For those who do, it only lasts approximately two days after the treatment.
What if just one tooth is discolored?
Teeth whitening is used to remove stains from all the teeth at the same time. If you have one tooth that’s discolored due to damage, ask the dentist to explain options such as cosmetic tooth bonding or porcelain veneers for that specific tooth.
Should I have my teeth cleaned before a whitening?
Yes, this will enable the dentist to evaluate the condition of your mouth to make sure your teeth are healthy and gums are healthy. In addition, when all the plaque and tar is removed from your teeth, the whitening results will be better.