TEETH WHITENING Q & AJust about anyone can benefit from tooth whitening. However, treatment may not be as effective for some as it is for others. With an oral exam, Dr. Yang can determine if you are a candidate for this procedure, including a shade assessment.
What is teeth whitening?
It is a bleaching process that lightens discoloration of enamel and dentin.
What can cause tooth discoloration?
There are many causes. The most common include aging and consumption of staining substances such as coffee, tea or tobacco. During tooth formation consumption of tetracycline, certain antibiotics or excessive fluoride may also cause tooth discoloration.
Is teeth whitening becoming more popular?
Absolutely! A bright, beautiful smile can make a big difference. We offer several whitening options, from chairside to take home, making it easier and faster than ever.
Is teeth whitening safe?
Yes, research and clinical studies indicate that whitening teeth under the supervision of a dentist is safe. In fact, many dentists consider whitening the safest cosmetic dental procedure available. However, tooth whitening products are not recommended for children under 13 years of age and pregnant or lactating women.
Do the results last a long time?
By following some simple post whitening care instructions, your teeth will always be lighter than they were before. We recommend flossing, brushing twice daily with a whitening toothpaste, and touch-ups with take-home whitening gel or strips. These are professional formula products designed specifically to keep your teeth their brightest. They are available through our office.
Is there any difference between over-the-counter and professional tooth whiteners?
Yes! Consulting Dr. Yang is always the first step to whitening your teeth safely. Over-the-counter tooth whitening strips, brush-on gels and toothpastes take weeks or months to whiten your teeth just a few shades. Our professional products are clinically proven to whiten your teeth seven shades in a little over an hour or five shades in five days.
Are there any side effects?
Some people experience temporary increased tooth sensitivity to cold during treatment. These symptoms should improve over the next 1-3 days.