You Have Questions About Teeth Whitening and We Have Answers

Friday, May 18, 2018
You Have Questions About Teeth Whitening and We Have Answers

Let Your Smile Shine

Did you know that nearly 20% of people claim to hide their smile during photos due to feeling embarrassed? Additionally, statistics show that more than 90% of adults believe a healthy, white smile makes someone more appealing, and more than 70% believe that a person’s smile can be a deciding factor in career advancement.

It’s no wonder that teeth whitening is an ever growing industry. People everywhere are looking for dentists that whiten teeth to improve their appearances and lives.

Why Should I Find a Dentist that Whitens Teeth?

dentists that whiten teethIf you want whiter teeth, you’re certainly not alone. You may be asking yourself, “What is the best way to obtain whiter teeth?” Should you head to your dentist or just pick up a kit off the shelf at the store?

While it may seem convenient and cheap to pick up a home whitening kit, this is usually not the best option for getting the results you desire.

When you visit a dentist’s office for teeth whitening, you will be under the supervision of a professional. Why is that important? The answer is simple: the products used by a dental office to whiten your teeth will be more powerful than what you can purchase over-the-counter!

Additionally, it’s easy to focus only on your teeth in this process, as they are the target of the treatment. However, it is important to consider your gums as well. Those with sensitive gums might have trouble with at-home kits, even though they are not as strong as what is used in a dental office. By working directly with your dentist, you can protect your gums more effectively and avoid annoying or damaging side effects.

“Why Did My Teeth Change Color?” and Other Questions to Ask a Dentist That Whitens Teeth

Most people have a lot of questions about teeth whitening, and we have compiled a list of the most frequently asked:

Q: Why Did My Teeth Change Color?

A: Over time, your teeth can go from white to not-so-bright for a number of reasons. The most common are beverages such as coffee, tea and red wine. Tobacco use is also a common tooth stainer, causing your teeth to have a yellowish tinge. Another common reason for tooth discoloration is medication. Tooth darkening can be a side effect of certain antihistamine, antipsychotic, and high blood pressure medications.

Q: How Does Teeth Whitening Work?

A: Teeth whitening is a simple process. Whitening products contain one of two tooth bleaches: hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide. These bleaches break stains into smaller pieces, which makes the color less concentrated and your teeth brighter.

Q: What Are My Whitening Options?

A: Your dentist will know the best solution for you. If you are a candidate, there are three ways to put the shine back in your smile:

  • Stain removal toothpastes. If this is an option for you, look for whitening toothpastes that have earned the ADA Seal of Acceptance for stain removal (it will tell you on the package). These toothpastes have additional polishing agents that are safe for your teeth and provide stain removal effectiveness.
  • In-office bleaching by your dentist. This is also called chairside bleaching and usually requires only one office visit. The dentist will apply either a protective gel to your gums or a rubber shield to protect your gums. Bleach is then applied to the teeth. Sometimes, at-home treatments are provided for maintaining or touching up your new, bright smile.
  • At-home bleaching. Your dentist will provide you with a custom-made tray for at-home whitening. In this case, your dentist will give you instructions on how to place the bleaching solution in the tray and how long you should wear the tray. This may be a preferred option if you feel more comfortable whitening in your own home at a slower pace, but still with the guidance of a dentist. At-home bleaching can take anywhere from a few days to a few weeks.

Q: Are There Any Side Effects from Teeth Whitening?

A: Some people who use teeth whiteners may experience tooth sensitivity. That happens when the peroxide in the whitener gets through the enamel to the soft layer of dentin and irritates the nerve of your tooth. In most cases the sensitivity is temporary. Whitening under the guidance of a dentist helps to prevent this side effect.

We’re Here to Help You Brighten Your Smile!

These are just a few of the most common questions people have regarding dentists that whiten teeth. Because there are a variety of tooth whitening options, it is always important to consult with a dentist before making a decision regarding whitening your teeth. Our specialists can help you achieve the natural, sparkling smile you’re looking for. A consultation at our office can help you decide what treatment option would be best for you and your teeth.

If you’re wanting a faster, more effective way to whiten your smile, then consider an in-office whitening treatment at Penn Dental Family Practice.  Contact us today!