5 things to know about Teeth Whitening

5 things to know about Teeth Whitening

Posted by ARDEN DENTAL CARE on Jun 15 2021, 11:43 PM

5 things to know about Teeth Whitening

A sparkling, radiant smile is one thing that most people desire to achieve. When a study conducted by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry asked people about what they wish to improve about their smile, most of them responded with the desire to have white teeth. White teeth and a beautiful smile can make a dramatic difference in your appearance.  

However, even if we brush and floss regularly, teeth can naturally become dull and lose their radiance. Professional teeth whitening is the most effective solution to remove these tooth stains and achieve white teeth. ,

Before going to your dentist for your teeth whitening procedure, here are five things you need to know:

How do teeth whitening procedures work?

Teeth whitening products constitute either hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide as their tooth bleaches. These bleaches whiten the teeth by breaking the stains into tinier parts, thus making the discoloration less prominent, making your teeth more radiant and whiter.

Will whitening treatments suit everyone?

The most effective method to produce the highest quality whitening results is professional teeth whitening. Before beginning the procedure, the dentists conduct a comprehensive examination of your mouth and discuss your dental history, current dental issues, and overall health. The dentist will address the current dental problems before the teeth whitening treatment. In general, pregnant or breastfeeding women, children younger than 16, and individuals with orthodontic treatments are not advised to undergo teeth whitening.

Does whitening work on all teeth?

Whitening treatments cannot whiten all teeth. For example, teeth whitening can be effective on yellow teeth but may not always work with grey-colored teeth or staining caused by medications or injury. Besides, whitening treatments can't improve the color of prosthetics like veneers, caps, crowns, or fillings. 

What are the major whitening options available?

  • Stain removal toothpaste

Whitening toothpaste with ADA Seal of Acceptance for stain removal contains polishing agents that are helpful in effectively removing tooth stains. 

  • In-office bleaching

This procedure called professional teeth whitening is the most effective and quick teeth whitening procedure and typically requires only one dental office visit. 

  • At-home teeth bleaching from the dentist

For those who can't spend their time at the dental office, your dentist can give you a custom-made tray and whitening gel for at-home whitening to whiten their teeth at the comforts of their own home under the dentist's guidance. 

  • Over-the-Counter (OTC) bleaching products

The concentration of OTC bleaching products is lower than the professional bleaching products used by dentists in the dental office. Hence, the results would be slow. 

Does the teeth whitening procedure have any side effects?

Teeth whiteners may cause tooth sensitivity to some people when the peroxide gets inside the enamel to reach the dentin, irritating the tooth nerve. The sensitivity usually goes away in few days. Since the overuse of whiteners can damage the tooth enamel or gums, talk to your dentist before starting the procedure.

Want to know more about teeth whitening? Call Arden Dental care at (916) 481-2001 to schedule an appointment. 

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