Teeth Whitening Q & A

What causes teeth to become stained and discolored?

There are lots of reasons why the surfaces of teeth change color over time, developing a yellowish, dull cast that can significantly affect the way your smile looks. Smoking is one of the primary causes of teeth staining, causing a buildup of resins that can stain teeth over time, especially the front teeth where the cigarette residues are most concentrated. Foods and beverages can also cause surface staining and discoloration, including coffee, tea, berries, red wine and energy drinks. Poor oral hygiene habits can also play a role.

How does professional teeth whitening work?

Teeth whitening performed under a dentist's supervision uses special bleaching agents and methods to ensure teeth get white not just on the very surface of the tooth enamel, but into the dentin as well, for brighter, whiter, longer-lasting results compared to the products you can buy at the drugstore. Plus, professional whitening treatments can be customized specifically to your needs, unlike over-the-counter products that provide a one-size-fits-all solution.

Will teeth whitening make my teeth sensitive?

By having your teeth professionally whitened, we can perform an examination of your teeth first to look for small cracks and untreated cavities that can increase the likelihood of sensitivity. If you do experience sensitivity, it will resolve soon after your treatment ends.

Is teeth whitening safe?

Yes, all the products and materials used in professional teeth whitening provided by our office are safe and approved, so you can feel confident in your whitening procedure and in your results.

Will I need more than one treatment?

That depends on the results you're looking for and how badly your teeth are stained. Prior to your treatment, we can discuss your goals and whether you could benefit from multiple treatments.