Professional Teeth Whitening
As much as brushing and flossing maintain your mouth’s overall health, your teeth don’t stay white forever. As you get older, your enamel wears away and your dentin becomes darker, making it harder to keep your smile so pearly white. That’s why, from time to time, it makes sense to have your teeth professionally whitened. It brightens up your smile lightning quick.
The Two Types of Teeth Whitening
There are two types of teeth whitening — vital and non-vital. Vital teeth whitening is the most common type, and it means a hydrogen peroxide product is applied directly to the surface of the teeth. Non-vital teeth whitening is when a root canal has allowed a stain to form on the inside of the tooth, so a whitening agent is placed inside the tooth with a temporary filling placed over it. Our team is able to explain which type would be best for you and why.
What You Should Know About Teeth Whitening
For at least 24 hours following your teeth whitening treatment, you should avoid all foods and beverages with high pigment levels. Sticking to white and/or colorless foods and beverages is best. This means avoiding dark-colored solids and liquids, such as beets, coffee, candies, mustard, red wine, soda, tea, and tomato juice or sauce.
Why is Professional Teeth Whitening Better for You?
Professional teeth whitening is more effective than over-the-counter teeth whitening kits, as our team uses a stronger solution than what the public is able to purchase from the store. Additionally, professional teeth whitening is more trusted because our team has been doing this for years and knows what to look for in order to declare the process a definitive success.
Over-the-counter teeth whitening kits that are completed at home are not as immediately effective, though they are less expensive. They make for a great substitute if an in-office treatment is not available to you or if you would like to maintain the effects of an in-office treatment. These kits typically take between a week and a month of consistent usage for full effect.
How We Can Help
Teeth whitening is most successful when it follows a thorough, professionally done teeth cleaning. That’s one reason we recommend having teeth whitening done at our office. Our team makes teeth whitening as hassle-free as possible.
Set up a consultation with our dedicated team to find out how easy it could be to make your teeth whiter than ever before.
Teeth Whitening FAQ's
At AZ Family & Kids Dental, we only offer take home teeth whitening kits
Professional teeth whitening can cost between $100 and $600, depending on the method used and the dentist's fee.
Teeth whitening is a popular cosmetic dental procedure that can lighten teeth by up to eight shades. Teeth whitening is most successful when it follows a thorough, professionally done teeth cleaning by your dentist.
There are a variety of teeth whitening products on the market and their safety profiles vary. We recommend you get your teeth whitened by a professional. Some teeth whitening products use harsh chemicals that can damage your teeth and gums if used incorrectly. However, there are also many safe and effective teeth whitening products available.
While the specifics will depend on the product you choose, here are some general guidelines to follow for safe teeth whitening:
- Only use teeth whitening products that have been approved by the American Dental Association (ADA). This stamp of approval indicates that a product has undergone rigorous testing and is proven to be safe and effective.
- Always follow the instructions on the product label carefully. Do not use more or less of the product than recommended.
The results of teeth whitening vary from person to person, but typically last around 12-18 months.
Teeth whitening is a popular cosmetic procedure that can lighten the natural color of teeth by several shades. The treatment is most effective when used in combination with a good oral hygiene routine, including brushing and flossing your teeth at least twice a day.
If you are not happy with the results of your first treatment, it is advised to wait at least 2 weeks before attempting another whitening treatment. This will generally give your teeth enough time to heal and may improve the outcome of the next treatment.
Although we generally recommend getting your teeth whitened by a dental professional - Yes, teeth whitening strips work. They are one of the most popular ways to whiten teeth at home. Teeth whitening strips contain a bleaching agent that is activated when it comes into contact with saliva. The bleaching agent penetrates the tooth enamel and bleaches the dentin, which is the layer of tooth tissue underneath the enamel.
Yes, you can brush your teeth after whitening. However, you should generally wait a few hours after the whitening treatment before brushing your teeth so that the peroxide solution has time to work. You may also want to wait a few hours after whitening before drinking any dark-colored beverages, such as coffee or red wine, since they may stain your teeth.
Teeth sensitivity is a common side effect of teeth whitening. However, the good news is that it is usually only temporary and should go away within a few days. There are a few things you can do to help minimize the discomfort, such as using a sensitive toothpaste or taking ibuprofen before the whitening treatment. If the sensitivity persists for more than a few days, however, it's best to consult with your dentist to see if there is another underlying issue.