Breaking Down The Basics – Common Questions About Teeth Whitening
If you’re thinking about cosmetic dentistry in Greenville, teeth whitening from Dr. Hamrick of Heritage Dentistry is a fantastic investment. Teeth whitening is non-invasive, affordable, and completely safe.
But if you have questions about teeth whitening, and whether or not it’s right for you, you may not be ready to schedule an appointment. That’s fine! In this article, we’ll address a few FAQs about teeth whitening, so you can decide if you’re interested in this cosmetic dentistry treatment.
How Does Teeth Whitening Work?
Teeth whitening works by using a special type of oxygen molecule called a “peroxide”. Peroxides, such as carbamide peroxide and hydrogen peroxide, are highly volatile. When they contact a stain on your tooth’s enamel, these molecules “break” the bonds that hold the stain in place. This, in turn “bleaches” the stain away.
What Can Teeth Whitening Treat?
All effective teeth whitening treatments use peroxides. These types of treatments can treat a variety of external stains, from:
- Drinking coffee, tea, or wine, or eating dark fruits that cause stains, like some types of berries
- Tobacco use (chewing tobacco, snus, smoking cigars and cigarettes, etc.)
- Yellowing caused by the natural aging process
- Natural wear & tear
However, teeth whitening can’t treat internal staining from things like root canals, metal-amalgam fillings, fluorosis, or reactions to antibiotics like tetracycline.
What’s Better – In-Office Or At-Home Whitening?
Both in-office whitening and at-home whitening are equally effective. However, in-office whitening usually uses stronger peroxides and a UV light that “cures” the peroxide and boosts its whitening power, so you will get faster results with in-office whitening.
In contrast, at-home whitening usually takes several weeks to achieve the same results. However, the final results are completely identical, in most cases.
What If I Have Sensitive Teeth? Can I Still Have Them Whitened?
If you have sensitive teeth, you can still have your teeth whitened. You may need to have a treatment performed to help with the sensitivity of your teeth, such as a fluoride rinse.
As a rule, if you have sensitive teeth, you should turn to a professional like Dr. Hamrick. Avoid consumer whitening products, as improper use can make sensitivity worse, and cause you pain and discomfort.
How Do I Care For My Teeth After They’ve Been Whitened?
Just brush and floss normally, and see Dr. Hamrick for a regular 6-month teeth cleaning and oral exam, to keep your smile bright and white!
We also recommend brushing after drinking coffee, tea, wine, and other foods and drink that can cause stains. You should also discontinue the use of oral tobacco or smoking, to prevent your teeth from yellowing and becoming stained.
Do I Need To Schedule Regular Teeth Whitening Appointments?
If you follow the above care tips, your teeth will stay bright and white for years! But you still may want to consider a touch-up appointment every 2 years or so, to keep your teeth looking their best!
Schedule A Cosmetic Consultation With Highline Dental Now!
Whether you are interested in a basic teeth whitening treatment, or you want to explore your other cosmetic treatment options like veneers, composite dental fillings, and more, Heritage Dentistry is a great choice.
Dr. Preston Hamrick has years of experience in cosmetic dentistry in Greenville. He will develop a custom whitening plan or cosmetic treatment plan that will help you achieve the smile that you’ve always wanted!
So don’t be self-conscious or embarrassed about your smile anymore. Contact us now at (864) 292-5125 to schedule your appointment, or drop by our office at 4105 E. North St., Greenville, SC 29615 to get started.