By Gilbert Dental Care
December 05, 2014
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: teeth whitening
Everyone wants to have a brighter, whiter smile that they can flaunt. When we are dealing with stains it can make anyone just a little self-conscious. If you’ve been thinking about removing those stains to get a more radiant smile, then you’ve come to the right place. Teeth whitening has become a popular cosmetic treatment over the last few years. If you’re contemplating getting this procedure, here are some things you need to ask your Philadelphia dentist before you fully jump in.
Q. Will my stains be improved with teeth whitening?
Stains of certain colors respond differently to whitening treatments. Yellow stains respond the best, while brown, gray and purple stains respond less effectively to treatment. Stains caused by long-term antibiotic use may also be more challenging to whiten and remove. This may require several treatments before seeing the results you want. We would be happy to determine whether your stains could be removed through teeth whitening.
Q. Will I need to keep getting teeth whitening to maintain my results?
While we all wish the results would last forever, whitening is not a permanent solution. If you continue to enjoy foods and drinks that are stain producing, you may find that your whitened smile will fade rather quickly. Good oral hygiene is paramount to maintaining your pearly whites; however, you may want to consider touch-up treatments every few months to keep the look you want.
Q. Are there foods I will need to steer clear of to avoid stains?
If you don’t want stains to return, there are certain foods and beverages you’ll want to avoid. Dark sauces, berries, sodas, tea, coffee, and wine will cause stains. Also, smoking is a major stain-producing culprit. Avoid these items to keep your whiter smile.
Q. Are there any side effects to teeth whitening?
Some patients experience some gum irritation and tooth sensitivity during the procedure and for a couple days after. This is generally minor and goes away on its own. The bleaching agents used have been given the American Dental Association Seal of Acceptance, so you know that it’s safe on your smile. If you do experience any of these symptoms talk to your dentist in 19102 about fluoride treatments and other ways to lessen these side effects.
Q. Will teeth whitening whiten dental work?
Unfortunately, teeth whitening only whitens natural tooth structures. That means that this cosmetic treatment will not brighten dental work like crowns, veneers, etc.
Q. Will my insurance cover this cosmetic procedure?
Since this is strictly cosmetic, your insurance company may not cover the procedure. This is something you’ll want to discuss with your insurance company and your cosmetic dentist before opting for teeth whitening.
Ditch those at-home whitening products once and for all and choose professional teeth whitening to get a brighter smile. Whether you want to get teeth whitening before your wedding or you just want a little spruce to your appearance, be sure to set up an appointment so we can discuss how teeth whitening works and if you could benefit. Call us today!