Teeth Whitening: 4 Common Questions Answered

Teeth Whitening: 4 Common Questions Answered

March 7, 2018

White teeth: the frontier of an aesthetically healthy mouth! But what about all that coffee you drink? Living a normal life is not conducive to a bright and white mouth, but not to worry, you don’t have to cut out all that tea wine and coffee to achieve a mouth full of pearly white anyone would be proud of! Read on to find the answers to five common questions associated with the tooth whitening process.

It’s no secret that we live in a society where quick fixes to certain things are preferred. While brushing and flossing are two really good ways to prevent staining, once there is discoloration of the tooth, there needs to be a more intense treatment done to reverse the staining and achieve a brighter smile. Some are usually hesitant to begin whitening treatments because of the possibility of tooth sensitivity. While this is common, it is not something you have to worry about. A simple pause in treatment can keep sensitivity at bay.

Why did my teeth change color?

While there is a plethora of reasons as to white your smile isn’t as bright as it used to be, we can offer a few possible reasons in the following list:

  • Age
  • Food and drink
  • Tobacco use
  • Dental trauma
  • Medications

How does teeth whitening work?

Teeth whitening is fairly simple and depending on your treatment route, all of which use the same two bleaching agents, is how fast and potent you will see results. The two bleach ingredients used are hydrogen peroxide and carbamide peroxide. These ingredients work by breaking stains down into smaller pieces, making stains less concentrated or visible.

Does whitening work on all teeth?

Whitening, unfortunately, does not work on all teeth. Certain dental implants do not respond to whitening treatments, while brown and grey teeth will also not see any improvement. It is most important to talk to your doctor before concluding whitening is a good option for you.

What are my whitening options?

Three main ways to receive whitening treatments are done in the following ways:

  • In-office bleaching
  • At-home bleaching
  • Whitening toothpaste

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