What is Tooth Whitening?

Teeth whitening is a term that encompasses a variety of procedures and substances designed to make your teeth brighter and whiter. This can be achieved through different methods, including the use of certain kinds of toothpaste like Crest, Colgate, or Discus Dental. These toothpastes are slightly more abrasive, making them more effective at removing stains or dark substances from your teeth. However, for more long-lasting results, products with substances such as hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide are required. These chemicals aid in the whitening process.

Does Teeth Whitening Damage Your Teeth?

Teeth whitening, when done properly, should not damage your teeth. However, it's important to note that the best teeth whitening procedures are usually supervised by a dentist. While there are over-the-counter products available, you should know there can be side effects from using teeth whitening products.

How Do Dentists Whiten Teeth?

Dentists use two main methods to whiten teeth. The first involves the use of whitening toothpaste, which works by polishing off stains or substances that might darken the teeth. The second method uses products containing hydrogen peroxide or carbon monoxide. These substances extract the stains from your teeth, making them brighter and whiter.

Do LED Teeth Whitening Lights Work?

LED teeth whitening systems have become quite popular. However, it's crucial to understand that the LED lights alone will not whiten your teeth. You need a chemical substance applied to your teeth to remove or extract the stains. The role of the LED lights is typically to accelerate this process.

What Can Go Wrong With Instant Teeth Whitening at Home?

When using teeth whitening products at home, one common side effect is increased sensitivity to temperature or sweets. Additionally, if you apply too much of a whitening product and it spills onto your gums, it can cause a slight burn due to the product's caustic nature.

Can Dentists Whiten Teeth Permanently?

Unfortunately, permanent teeth whitening is not possible unless restorations such as crowns or veneers are placed. Otherwise, regular whitening procedures are necessary. Many patients opt to have their teeth whitened once a year or once every other year.

Does Teeth Whitening Have Any Side Effects?

Teeth whitening can lead to increased sensitivity, particularly to hot and cold temperatures. If too much whitening product is used and it spills onto the gums, it can cause a small surface burn, which usually heals within four to six days after the procedure.

How Can I Best Retain the Results of a Teeth Whitening Treatment?

The effects of teeth whitening procedures are not permanent. To maintain the results, regular oral hygiene is essential. Additionally, your diet can affect the whiteness of your teeth. Common causes of staining include red wine, berries, dark sodas, tea, and coffee.

When Can I Schedule a Teeth Whitening Appointment?

We are ready and excited to help you achieve a brighter and whiter smile. Please call our office at (916) 848-2145 or visit our website at www.crowndentistry.net to schedule an appointment.