Teeth Whitening FAQs
Do you remember in the past, teeth whitening as only for people with severe discoloration? Well, things have changed. Today, dental whitening has become the most sought after cosmetic dentistry treatment as most people are actively seeking to brighten their smiles. Despite having proper oral hygiene, most people still suffer from discoloration because of our lifestyle and diet. Teeth whitening is an effective treatment, but where do you start? In this post, we answer some of the common questions.
1. What Causes Teeth Discoloration?
The human tooth has enamel and dentine. The dentine is what gives the teeth its color and it can be yellow or brown. Tooth discoloration is caused by either extrinsic or intrinsic factors. Extrinsic factors affect the enamel and can cause it to darken. Some of the factors include food, beverages like coffee, wine, and tea. Intrinsic factors, on the other hand, affects the dentine and include age and medication.
Teeth whitening treatments can whiten your enamel but will do nothing for the internal stains affecting your dentine.
2. Why Should You Come for Teeth Whitening?
Yellow or brown teeth not only affect your dental appearance but also reflects negatively on your health. Most people may assume you are unhealthy or have poor dental hygiene because of yellow teeth. Although it is an optional treatment, teeth whitening will brighten your teeth and increase your confidence.
3. What Options Are Available?
Dental whitening can be done in various ways: you can either have at-home whitening kits or professional treatments.
The commercial whitening products may sound appealing because they are readily available and cheap. However, the products either contain too much or little whitening agents and therefore they may be ineffective or can burn your gums. Furthermore, some of the commercial teeth whitening agents can cause nerve damage.
We recommend professional dental whitening as the dentist will be able to control the effects of the hydrogen peroxide. Yes, the professional teeth whitening contain more whitening agent. However, the dentist applies a protective gel on your gum to protect against burns and sensitivity.
There is also zoom teeth whitening treatment that you can choose. Speak to our dentist if you want to learn more about the options available.
4. How Whiter Will the Teeth Be?
The level of brightness will depend on the severity of the discoloration. Yellow, brown, uniformed dental teeth, and surface stains are easy to whiten. If you have severe discoloration, you may need additional whitening treatment. But, on average teeth can lighten six to 12 shades on the whitening guide.
5. Am I Eligible for Whitening?
Anyone can get teeth whitening treatment. However, if you have any dental restoration on the front teeth such as crowns or veneers, you may not be eligible for whitening. Once fixed, these dental restorations can’t be altered, and you may have to get them changed after whitening to match the new teeth shade.
For that reason, dentists advise against whitening treatment. If you want one, do it before the restorations are fixed.
6. Will There Be Sensitivity?
Yes, you may feel slight teeth sensitivity and irritation, but it is expected to clear after a few days. The dentist may, however, recommend a tooth-sensitive toothpaste.
7. How Long Will the Results Last?
Teeth whitening is not permanent and on average can last for five to nine months depending on your dental habits. We recommend getting your teeth whitened once every year for the best results. Furthermore, it is important to limit your intake of coffee, wine, tea, coke, and chocolate. If you do, then you should rinse your teeth with water or brush immediately. Remember that the enamel does absorb the stains and the more you consume the beverages, the quicker your teeth will darken. Also, avoid smoking as it causes significant staining.
Teeth whitening is an optional, but very vital dental treatment. Without it, your teeth will appear dull and unattractive. When you are ready to make a change, contact Dr. Mark Whitlock or visit us at Arlington Dental clinic for assistance.