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Should I Whiten My Teeth?

Nowadays one of the more popular services that patients request during their preventative dentistry appointments is teeth whitening. It is no wonder as it can greatly improve your overall appearance. But is this procedure the right one for you to undertake at this time? This blog post will tell you all about this process.

Why Are My Teeth Changing Color?
Teeth change color over time for several reasons. They include the following:

  • Age
  • Beverages
  • Injuries to the mouth
  • Medicine
  • Tobacco

How Does The Teeth Whitening Process Work?
Your cosmetic dentist will use a whitening product that contains either carbamide peroxide or hydrogen peroxide. They work by breaking your teeth’s discoloration into smaller parts, resulting in brighter teeth. The bleach is put directly on your teeth. The whitening product that your cosmetic dentist will use is often used in combination with either a light, heat or a laser.

Results are usually apparent after one session. If you want white teeth that will be truly dazzle everyone you know, you will need to come in for more than one appointment. However, many people who have undergone tooth whitening have seen amazing results after the first appointment.

Will Whitening Work On My Teeth?
The short answer: It depends. You will want to talk to your dentist before setting up an appointment as whitening will not work for all cases of teeth discoloration. One example has to do with the color of your teeth. Yellow teeth experience the best results from whitening, while brown teeth typically has limited success with the procedure. Gray teeth may not improve from a dental bleaching at all.

Will I Experience Any Side Effects From Whitening My Teeth?
Some people who go through with this procedure have to deal with tooth sensitivity. This occurs when the whitener’s peroxide goes through your enamel to the dentin layer and disturbs the nerve of your tooth. However, these cases of sensitivity tend to be temporary in nature. If this happens to you, put off your next appointment until the sensitivity ceases.

If you are interested in whitening your teeth, talk to your dentist at your next preventative dentistry appointment. Request an appointment with us to see how exactly we can brighten your smile.

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