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Teeth Whitening

teeth whitening

How does teeth whitening work?

Stains on teeth appear when colored molecules stick to the plaque, tartar, and the surface of our teeth.  Dental cleanings help remove plaque and tartar, but sometimes the stains still appear in the layer below called the dentin.  The bleaching solution applied to the teeth combines with oxygen from the air and carbon in the dentin to break apart the staining molecules stuck on the teeth

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Frequently Asked Questions

Any questions or doubts you might have, please feel free to schedule an exam with our General Practitioner.

What is the solution used to whiten teeth?

We offer several types of whitening including Carbamide Peroxide, Carbamide Peroxide with Potassium Nitrate Fluoride, and Hydrogen Peroxide

Will teeth whitening work for me?

Results from whitening vary from person to person and on the type of stains. Teeth whitening generally works best on yellowish-brown stains compared to gray stains.

Should I get a dental cleaning before or after teeth whitening?

Teeth whitening works best on teeth free of plaque and tartar. Staying current on your dental cleanings is important for your health, but will also ensure the best possible results for whitening. If you are due for a cleaning, you can schedule the dental cleaning and the teeth whitening on the same day. The cleaning should be complete before the teeth whitening.

Does teeth whitening hurt?

Teeth whitening can cause sensitivity to the teeth and gums. Some patients experience little to no sensitivity, while other patients may need to limit the strength and time of the bleaching to avoid sensitivity. Speak to your dentist about ways to avoid sensitivity and always have the procedure performed by a licensed professional. Your dentist may recommend a special toothpaste to use prior to and after the procedure, as well as suggest only certain types of whitening. If you do experience sensitivity after treatment, an OTC pain reliever can usually help to reduce the symptoms.

Do I have to do anything special before teeth whitening?

There is nothing special you need to do before whitening, however, the treatment does work best on healthy teeth free of plaque and tartar. If you know you have teeth sensitivity, please schedule a consultation about two weeks prior to the whitening to pick up a special toothpaste.