The Truth About Teeth Whitening

teeth whiteningYour smile says a lot about who you are. It can convey confidence, charm and an overall pleasing appearance. That’s why having a brighter, whiter smile is important. To achieve this, many turn to teeth whitening, a treatment that continues to grow in popularity. If you’re looking to refresh those pearly whites via teeth whitening, here are some answers to frequently asked questions about the procedure:

Is teeth whitening a permanent solution?
The effects of teeth whitening do not last forever. Typically, you can expect the treatment to last anywhere from six months to two years. To maintain the whitest smile possible (for as long as possible), avoid foods and beverages that stain, such as red wine and coffee.  And avoid smoking to help preserve the results.

Does teeth whitening harm tooth enamel?
Teeth whitening products that use 10% carbamide peroxide do not damage the surface of your tooth’s enamel or any other tooth structures.

Can I whiten my teeth if I’ve had restorative dental work?
Yes. Tooth whitening has very little effect, if any, on dental work such as tooth-colored fillings, crowns, veneers or bridges. However, existing restorations do not lighten, so it may mean replacing dental restorations to match the whiter shade of your teeth.

How long does a professional tooth whitening procedure last?
Unlike over-the-counter teeth whiteners, which are to be used over a two- to four-week period, a professional treatment lasts about an hour.

Will my teeth be sensitive?
At first, there will be some sensitivity from teeth whitening, but it will diminish in about one or two days after treatment. Also, teeth whiteners do not damage the tooth’s nerve, which is a common concern for those looking into the procedure.

Is teeth whitening safe?
Many studies have shown that tooth whitening is safe. To protect your tooth enamel after teeth whitening, you can use calcium sulfate and fluoride.

Learn more about the many benefits of teeth whitening. Contact Dr. Stanley Hirst, DDS, and Bethany Jensen, DDS, at Broadway Family Dentistry today by calling (701) 839-1299 to schedule a check-up.

 

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