Everyone wants a brighter, whiter, more winning smile. Tooth whitening can help you achieve your goals for your smile. The following are several frequently asked questions about tooth-whitening:
Is tooth whitening right for all teeth?
Ask us to evaluate you and your teeth before whitening. Yellowish, hued teeth respond well to bleach, but brownish-colored and grayish-hued teeth do not respond as well. Whitening does not whiten caps, veneers or bonded teeth. Finally, if you’re nursing or pregnant, we do not recommend whitening.
Is whitening safe?
Yes. Be assured that whitening will not soften enamel or existing fillings. The primary ingredients are hydrogen peroxide and carbamide peroxide, used safely in medical procedures for over 100 years.
How does whitening work at home?
Take-home whitening is available to be done anywhere and anytime. We’ll give you a custom-made whitening tray filled with a mild whitening agent. Just wear the tray for 30 minutes up to 2 hours per day for two to four weeks for great results.
How much whiter will my teeth look?
Most people see a significant change in the whiteness of their smiles; but results will vary by individual.
Is whitening painful in any way?
The majority of patients experience no pain or sensitivity during the process or after. Occasionally patients report sensitivity lasting for 1 to 2 days. In severe cases, Ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin), or Acetaminophen (Tylenol) are effective ways to reduce your discomfort. If you have sensitive teeth in general, or areas of sensitivity to touch, please consult with your dentist before whitening.
How do I keep my teeth white after the whitening?
To maintain your new bright smile, brush your teeth twice daily or after each meal and floss once a day, visit us regularly for cleanings and check-ups and do touch-up whitening at home. With regular professional care and use of after-care products, you can maintain your new whiteness for many years.