Whitening process lightens the stains and color of our teeth, making us look younger and more attractive. It can take off as many as 10 years of a person’s age. The other great thing about getting your teeth whitened is once you achieve the color you want, you can keep the result for years to come with some maintenance. It will last you beyond that special event, such as a wedding or a graduation. There are other unexpected advantages as well. Studies have shown that there is a type of whitening ingredient in the specific whitening products dispensed by dentists that reduces plaque and kill cavity-causing bacteria!
However, whitening products have limitations as well. For example, it will NOT lighten the existing plastic white fillings, so be prepared to have these fillings replaced after the whitening process. Whitening products cannot completely remove every type of stain. Depending on the cause of the stains on their teeth, some people will need to combine whitening treatment with other additional treatment, such as veneers, in order to achieve the look they want.
Everything has pros and cons. There are side-effects to whitening one’s teeth. The most common side effect with whitening treatment is sensitivity of the teeth. The other is irritation of the gums. Both can be monitored and controlled if you whiten your teeth with the dentist.
In general, there are two types of whitening products: the ones that only the dentists can dispense (either in-office or by prescription) and the ones that are available to anyone over the counter. Whitening products also come in several forms: trays, brush-ons, and strips. Some of these over-the-counter products work better than others; some do not work at all.
While over-the-counter products are cheaper than going to the dentist, they also put you at higher risk for side-effects. These products do not tell you the type of stains your teeth have. It is important to know this before embarking on the whitening process so that you do not waste your time and money. These products do not tell you if you are a good candidate to undergo this treatment. Certain people are prone to get sensitivity no matter what, and as a result will not be a good candidate for whitening products. The only way to find out is to have the dentist perform a thorough examination of one’s mouth using x-rays. The dentist can suggest, and deliver, another type of treatment that is better for you to achieve similar results. As for side-effects, over-the-counter products use the type of ingredient that causes sensitivity more easily, and these products from over-the-counter could not treat any complications that may develop.
We also offer one-hour or less in-office whitening option with Zoom!
We recommended that you get a complete check-up of your mouth if you have been thinking of getting your teeth whitened. We will be happy to give you a comprehensive check up to determine the status of your overall oral health and answer any questions you may have as part of your whitening treatment.