FAQs About Professional Teeth Whitening

Posted on: September 28, 2015

Teeth WhiteningIf you would like to receive professional teeth whitening, you may have questions about safety, sensitivity, effectiveness, and treatment options. We have provided you with a list of our most common questions regarding teeth whitening in our office, so you can better understand the treatment.

Is teeth whitening safe?

Teeth whitening has been approved by the American Dental Association as a safe treatment for teeth since 1989. As long as teeth whitening products are used at home as directed or performed by a professional in an office setting, they are completely safe for regular use. Never use teeth whitening products more than directed, or they can cause sensitivities.

What happens if my teeth become sensitive to whitening?

If your teeth become sensitive during whitening use, give your teeth a few days between treatments to recover. If it seems to be a common occurrence, we can provide you with a toothpaste that will combat sensitivities and provide your teeth with extra protection during the teeth whitening process. No sensitivities you experience will be permanent when teeth whitening is done by a professional.

Once I whiten my teeth, will they stay that way?

Unfortunately, due to everyday use, your teeth will not remain at their whitest shade forever without additional teeth whitening treatments. Staining may show up again after six months to a year. You can maintain your beautifully whitened results by visiting for treatment every few months. Remember to visit for your regular dental cleanings too, as this will help maintain whiteness. You can also keep your teeth white longer by avoiding staining foods and drinks, as well as by quitting smoking habits.

How long will it take until my teeth are white?

Everybody’s teeth are different, so times may vary. You will most likely want to receive more than one treatment to attain the whitest shade for your teeth, but you will definitely notice a big difference after one treatment. Many people obtain the whitest white within a few days while select others don’t see dramatic results for a few weeks. We will help you achieve the whitened results you want in a matter of time.

Why are my teeth stained in the first place?

Teeth can become stained for many reasons. There are two major types of staining, called intrinsic and extrinsic. Intrinsic stains are deeper in your tooth and occur from certain medications, injuries, and excessive use of fluorine compounds. Extrinsic stains are the most common, and they result from eating and drinking dark-colored or rich-colored items. Smoking also affects the extrinsic color of your teeth. Teeth naturally become more stained with age, which is why it is so important to begin teeth whitening treatment as soon as possible for the best and most long-term results.

We hope this informative article has helped you better understand the teeth whitening process and the effects it has on your teeth. When you visit our office for information about professional teeth whitening, you will receive excellent service and beautiful results. We can help you accomplish the whitened results and healthier appearance you want.

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