By Constance E. Smith, D.D.S.
October 12, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: teeth whitening  

Do you have stained or discolored teeth? You're not stuck with them! Teeth whitening is one of the most popular cosmetic procedures performed today. Dr. Constance E. Smith and her staff are pleased to offer this procedure. Learn what your Jackson family dentist can Teeth Whiteningdo to brighten up your smile.

How does teeth whitening work?
Teeth whitening is done using a bleaching agent, which can be applied in the dental office or at home. If you choose to have the whitening done in the office, your dentist will first protect your lips, gums, and cheeks. Then your dentist will apply a hydrogen peroxide gel to your teeth, which will whiten during your time in the office.

If you'd rather do this at home, your dentist can take a mold of your teeth and create trays for your teeth, then give you a whitening gel. You would wear the gel-filled trays at home, according to your dentist's instructions.

Why should I go to a dentist for teeth whitening?
Teeth whitening products contain varying amounts of bleaching chemicals, which can irritate your mouth if improperly applied. So, it's best to have a professional perform whitening in a dental office. In addition, over-the-counter products aren't as strong as the products your dentist would use, so it also takes more time and more applications to get comparable results.

How long does the whitening last?
Everyone is different; results can last from months to years. You can prolong the whitening by having good dental hygiene and avoiding substances that stain your teeth like wine, tobacco, tea, and coffee.

Is tooth whitening safe?
Not everyone should have their teeth whitened, so your Jackson family dentist will evaluate your case before starting treatment. However, for most people, it's perfectly safe, especially when it's done under a dentist's care.

Does it hurt?
Your teeth may be somewhat sensitive after a whitening treatment, but the sensitivity should be gone within a few days.

What if I have fillings or crowns?
Teeth whitening won't damage fillings or crowns, but their color may not match your newly whitened teeth. Whitening may also affect the bond between any fillings, crowns, or veneers with your natural teeth. Your dentist will consider these factors before starting any teeth whitening procedures.

Ready to get your sparkly whites back? Call your Jackson family dentist at (517) 787-7520 today!