Teeth Whitening FAQs

Teeth whitening products provide different options for you to whiten yellowish teeth. But, are teeth whitening products effective on brownish-colored teeth? Well, yes, but not that effective as you think. How about the blue-gray stains due to tetracycline?

Not quite. You’re required to do home treatments up to 6 months to lighten up your teeth. If you have darkened teeth, there are other effective options such as crowns and bonding to brighten the darkened teeth.

You talk with your dentist to discuss the available options so that the teeth whitening treatment would be successful. The types of bleaching treatment your dentist would use depend on the following:

  • Nature of the stain
  • Teeth condition
  • Bleach Concentration
  • Duration or time
  • Bleach system

The dentist would explain to you the effects of bleaching and possible risks it might give you. So, it’s best to choose the right teeth whitening treatment so that you gain good results from teeth whitening.

White teeth and beautiful smile. Matching the shades of the implants using shade guide.

What happens after the teeth whitening treatment?

Your dentist might request another checkup with you to check on your teeth and gums. You would come back to the dentist after a few days. The dentist would check your teeth again after 1 week. The dentist would also check how the effectiveness of the teeth whitening procedure to your teeth.

Then, most of you would ask:

How often do I need to whiten my teeth?

Teeth whitening treatment isn’t a permanent treatment. The teeth whitening effect might last for a few months up to 3 years, depending on the person. Also, foods and beverages cause stains to your teeth. For example, red wine, tea, or coffee is only a few of the beverages that cause stains to your teeth.

Don’t forget to follow proper oral hygiene to ensure that the teeth whitening process is successful. If you want to maintain your bright smile, here are the following expert advice that enable you to show your bright smile:

 How to maintain your whitened teeth?

  • Avoid Consumption of Foods of Beverages that Have Stain

One excellent way to keep your teeth white is not including soda or tea in your diet. Tea and soda cause stains on your teeth. In case you want to consume these beverages, it’s best you use a straw. The liquid wouldn’t bypass your teeth because of the straw.

  • Brush Your Teeth and Floss  Regularly

Your dentist would advise you to brush and floss after meals. It assures that no stains would develop at the top or back of your teeth.

  • Follow good oral hygiene practices.

When it comes to oral hygiene, you need to follow good hygiene. How? You brush and floss your teeth after mealtime. You can use whitening toothpaste once or twice per each week to prevent stains and yellowish teeth.

  • Remember touch-up treatments

You might need to touch up for 6 months or year depending on the teeth whitening method. If you consume soda or coffee often, you need to touch up often.

What are the risks of teeth whitening?

The teeth whitening treatment has excellent results, but does it have risks? Well, some patients might feel two side effects such as gum irritation and increase tooth sensitivity. You might experience tooth sensitivity during the bleaching procedure’s early stage. Gum irritation is due to the improper fitting of the mouthpiece. Don’t worry! These conditions would disappear within three days of completing the treatment.

But what will you do if you experience tooth sensitivity?

  • You wear the tray for a short time. For example, you wear for two 30-minute sessions or two 60-minute sessions.
  • Allow your teeth to adjust to the teeth whitening process by stopping the whitening for 2 to 3 days.
  • You can ask your dentist for a high fluoride content product that helps you whiten your teeth. You apply the fluoride on the tray and wear it for 4 minutes.
  • If you have sensitive teeth, you use toothpaste that’s suitable for sensitive teeth. The toothpaste has potassium nitrate that soothes the teeth’s nerve endings.

Are teeth whitening products safe to use?

The ADA Seal of Acceptance tells that teeth whitening product is safe and effective for usage.  There are teeth whitening products that have 10% carbamide oxide and 35% hydrogen peroxide products receive ADA seal.

You wouldn’t find the ADA Seal of Acceptance in over-the-counter products you would see online. Why? ADA believes that professional consultation assures the safety and effectiveness of the product. There are also no teeth whitening products you would find on ADA’s list. But, you can see several teeth whitening toothpaste that has ADA’s seal.

Are the Products that don’t have the ADA seal reliable?

Yes, products that don’t have the ADA seal are still safe and effective to use. The products have met ADA’s standards, and customers can buy it not worrying about its safety.

Since many dentists and consumers use teeth whitening products, you might think about its effects. Don’t worry! The products covered by the ADA seal don’t have harmful effects on your health.

Do teeth whitening products damage the tooth enamel?

No, teeth whitening products have little or no effect on the mineral content found on the tooth’s enamel surface.  Recent studies show that products having 10% carbamide oxide have no effect on the tooth’s enamel.

But, do teeth whitening products damage dental restorations?

For the past 10 years, there are no signs that 10% carbamide peroxide products damage dental restorations. The existing dental work such as bonding, crowns, and filling, wouldn’t be affected by whitening products. The dental work should be replaced so that it matches the shade of natural teeth.

Do teeth whitening products cause damage to the tooth’s nerve?

No, there are no reports that claim that teeth whitening products damage a tooth’s nerve. Patients who tried teeth whitening procedure didn’t experience negative effects on their teeth other than slight gum irritations.

On a recent study, people who have used the teeth whitening system didn’t find difficulty after the teeth whitening treatment. 

Does Dental Insurance cover the cost of the treatment procedure? No, the Dental Insurance doesn’t cover the cost of the teeth whitening treatment.