What is Teeth Whitening?
Teeth whitening is where we do a simple teeth whitening treatment to make your teeth appear whiter. It can transform a regular smile into an incredibly white smile with a smooth and painless solution. Teeth whitening treatment is usually achieved in two ways. The first is using an over the counter remedy to use at home and the second is at our office in Burbank, CA, with professional chairside treatment.
Why did my teeth get discolored?
Tooth discoloration can come from a variety of things. Two primary sources can affect your tooths color. These sources are either external or internal.
External sources will come mainly from the diet, such as food and beverage. Common teeth stainers are coffee, tea, red wines, and tobacco. Internal sources originate from inside the tooth. These causes can be medication use, illness, infection, trauma, and aging.
Is teeth whitening permanent?
Getting your teeth whitened isn't a permanent solution. Your teeth will stay white for a few months, sometimes a few years. The duration will depend on a variety of factors, such as your diet and daily hygiene. At Coastland Dental, we recommend patients get in the habit of rinsing and brushing their teeth post meals. This way, discoloring agents have less of a chance to settle on your teeth.
Worth the difference in price?
This depends heavily on your personal desires. At-home whitening gels usually brighten your teeth one or two shades. Depending on the strength of the gel, you might have to apply it multiple times over a few week's duration. This increases the risk of not getting the right shade, not protecting your gums from bleach, and increased sensitivity. If you have the treatment done chairside, we can help you achieve your desired smile within an hour or two. Since a professional will be whitening your teeth, your gums and tooth enamel will be protected. This will prevent your gums from burning and damage to your tooth enamel. Also, if there is any sensitivity after the treatment, it will be immediately addressed.
Is Whitening Safe? Are There Any Risks?
With proper application, teeth whitening is proven to be safe and effective. As with any dental therapy, there are potential risks. Some patients may experience tooth sensitivity or even root damage. Your Burbank dentist will be able to determine if you're at risk of the procedure.
Will my teeth be sensitive after?
You may or may not experience sensitivity after teeth whitening, everyone is different. Some patients will experience some sensitivty or pain after and some won't. However, for the individuals that do experience discomfort, it usually lasts for 24 hours or less. If you've had previous sensitivity issues in the past, please let us know before beginning a teeth whitening session.
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