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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): Teeth Whitening

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These are a selection of some common questions that patients have. If your question isn't answered here, please contact our office. It's important to us that our patients understand their dental care.

Teeth Whitening

Generally speaking, teeth will yellow or orange discoloration will respond extremely well to whitening.  Teeth that have bluish-gray tint/discoloration generally are more difficult to treat with whitening.

There are certain foods that may stain your teeth such as coffee, tea, red wine, and dark colored fruits. Having good homecare will help prevent daily staining. Surface stains that do accumulate can be removed by your dental hygienist every 6 months. Over the counter and in-office whitening treatments can improve the brightness of your teeth by lightening the first few layers of enamel.

Generally, whitening usually lasts anywhere from 1 to 3 years.  Sometimes whitening can last much longer in certain situations.  If you consume a lot of food and drinks that stains considerably, then the whitening effect will not last as long.

a man looks up and to the side questioningly | east brainerd teeth whiteningWhile the whitening kits you can find at your local drugstore cost less than professional kits, the truth is that this is a case where you get what you pay for.

Drugstore whitening kits are designed to be "one size fits all," which often translates to "one size fits none." The strengths are much lower than what you can get in a professional kit, meaning that you must use the product for a longer period of time and are still unlikely to get the results you can find in a professional product. Additionally, your results are not being monitored by the dentist you know and trust. Give our office a call today!

Teeth staining can have several different causes. Some of the most common culprits we see include:

  • Smoking
  • Drinking staining beverages such as coffee, tea, and red wine
  • Eating staining foods like berries and curry
  • Inadequate dental hygiene
  • Certain health conditions
  • Genetics

Unfortunately, whitening will not change the color of your restorations(fillings/crowns/onlays/inlays).  It was important to whiten your teeth before you have any restorations completed that may appear in your smile.

a woman looks up questioningly | east brainerd teeth whiteningIt shouldn't. 

Most professional whitening products contain an added desensitizing ingredient that protects even sensitive teeth and keeps you comfortable during the process. Additionally, the customizable nature of professional whitening treatments prevents the product from coming into contact with soft tissues like your gums, lips, and tongue. 

If your teeth are very sensitive, please talk to us so that we can help you determine whether whitening is appropriate for you.

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