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FAQs About Teeth Whitening
By Dental Pointe
March 29, 2019
Category: Dental Procedure
Tags: Teeth Whitening  

What would you do for a brighter smile? It's not as difficult as you think. At Dental Pointe in Naperville, IL, Dr. Rani Seeth, Dr. Fariha teeth whiteningQuereshi, and Dr. Amir Danesh offer both in-office and at-home teeth whitening. Their whitening patients enjoy smiles several shades brighter, and they trust their dentists' professional skill and expertise to deliver whitening that is safe for their oral health.

How Whitening Works

The American Dental Association says that most professional whitening systems use carbamide peroxide, a bleaching chemical very similar to hydrogen peroxide. When applied by the dentist in Naperville, IL, or at home with customized acrylic trays, you know your teeth, dental restorations (such as fillings, implants and crowns), and tender gum tissue will be safe.

The peroxide gel actually lifts organic stains out of the tooth enamel matrix. Tooth enamel, though super-hard, is porous and retains particles of food, tobacco, and beverages, particularly deeply colored drinks such as coffee, tea, and cola. Add factors such as age or poor brushing and flossing habits, and extrinsic, or surface, staining impacts smile aesthetics.

FAQs about Teeth Whitening

Does it really work? Yes, professional teeth whitening works wonders. Most people experience a color change of about 8 shades. However, keep in mind that few people have super white teeth to begin with. Most tooth enamel varies in shades of brown, grey, and yellow. While you may not experience Hollywood white, you will see a striking improvement in brightness.

How do I know my teeth will be OK afterwards? Your dentist will examine your teeth and gums carefully before recommending teeth whitening or any other cosmetic treatment. You may feel some mild dental or gingival sensitivity afterwards, but this goes away quickly.

How long does whitening take? The in-office version takes an hour or so. The at-home treatments take about a week of daily applications because the whitening gel is less concentrated.

Will it brighten my crowns or veneers? In general, porcelain crowns and veneers do not stain the way natural enamel does. So, these restorations will not whiten. However, the Academy of General Dentistry states that composite resin fillings may brighten a bit.

Does teeth whitening cost a lot? The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry says that teeth whitening is the most economical aesthetic treatment offered by dentists.

Will my smile remain white? A lot depends on what you consume in terms of food and tobacco and how diligently you brush and floss. Drink plenty of water daily, stay away from all tobacco products, and drink your coffee, tea, and colas with a straw. See your friends at Dental Pointe for a check-up and cleaning every six months. They may recommend a whitening touch-up, too.

"Wow, you have a wonderful smile!"

Expect to hear that compliment when you whiten your teeth at Dental Pointe in Naperville, IL. Call today for a consultation with one of our dentists: (630) 333-9571.