Are whitening products more effective on teeth with stains of certain colors?
Yes. Yellowish teeth respond well to bleaching, brownish-colored teeth respond less well, and grayish-hue or purple-stained teeth may not respond well to bleaching at all. Blue-gray staining caused by tetracycline is more difficult to lighten and may require treatments or several in-office appointments to successfully lighten. Teeth that have dark stains may be better candidates for another lightening option, such as veneers, bonding, or crowns. Your dentist can discuss the options best suited for your situation.
With all types of bleaching procedures, the degree of whiteness will vary from individual to individual depending on the condition of the teeth, nature of the stain, the concentration of the bleach and the duration of time and bleaching system used.
How often does the teeth whitening need to be touched up?
Whitening is not permanent. People who expose their teeth to a lot of foods and beverages that cause staining may see the whiteness start to fade in as little as 1 month. Those who avoid foods and beverages that stain may be able to wait 6 mounts or longer before another whitening treatment or touch-up is needed.
What can I do to maintain my brighter smile?
Tips for maintaining your newly whitened teeth include:
Avoiding the consumption of or exposure to products that stain your teeth . If you do choose to consume beverages that stain, consider using a straw so that the liquid bypasses your front teeth.
Brush or rinse immediately after consuming stain-causing beverages or foods.
Follow good oral hygiene practices. Brush your teeth at least twice daily and floss at least once daily to remove plaque. Use a whitening toothpaste make sure the toothpaste is to remove surface stains and prevent yellowing.
Consider touch-up treatments. Depending on the whitening method used, you may need a tough-up every 6 months or after a year or two. If you smoke or drink lots of stain-causing beverages, you may need a touch up more often.
Are there any risks associated with teeth whitening?
The two side effects that occur most often are a temporary increase in tooth sensitivity and mild irritation of the soft tissues of the mouth, particularly the gums. Tooth sensitivity often occurs during early stages of the bleaching treatment. Tissue irritation most commonly results from an ill-fitting mouthpiece tray rather than the tooth-bleaching agent. Both of these conditions usually are temporary and disappear within 1 to 3 days of stopping or completing treatment.
Do you need a scale and polish before Teeth Whitening treatment ?
Yes it is always good to have one to remove all scale and plaque from teeth and your gums should be healhty.
How long must you wait after you had a scale and polish before Teeth whitening ?
2 to 3 days sometimes you might expierence sensitiviy
If you do experience sensitivity, you can reduce or eliminate it by:
Use sensodyne toothpaste as a ointment every nigh before bed time (DO NOT RINSE) prior to your appointment 1 week
Suggest to do only 30mins at a TIME with 1 week in between vists
Are these products safe and effective?
Yes they are
Teeth whiteners are not drugs and therefore are not regulated by the FDA.
Does insurance cover the cost of whitening procedures?
No. Dental insurance does not typically cost the cost of the tooth whitening procedure.
Do teeth whiteners damage tooth enamel?
Studies of whitening products using 10% carbamide peroxide showed little to no effect on the hardness or mineral content of a tooth’s enamel surface.
Do teeth whiteners damage existing dental restorations?
Over 10 years of clinical use of whitening products containing 10% carbamide peroxide have not shown any damage to existing fillings. The issue is not "damage" to existing restorations; rather, keep in mind that existing restorations such as tooth-colored fillings, crowns, bonding, veneers, and bridges do not lighten. This means that any preexisting dental work may need to be replaced to match the new tooth shade achieved in the natural teeth, should a bleaching process proceed.
Do teeth whiteners damage a tooth's nerve?
There’s no evidence to date that the tooth whitening process has a harmful effect on the health of a tooth’s nerve. One study reported that at both a 4.5 and 7-year follow up, no individual who used a tooth whitening system needed a root canal procedure on any teeth that had been whitened.