Tooth whitening services and products are everywhere today. From the drug store to your neighborhood dentist, the procedure has become extremely popular over the years. If you’re thinking about giving it a try, it may be time to answer a few basic questions about how it works and what it does.
How Will Whitening Affect My Teeth?
Tooth whitening involves bleaching the teeth with the help of a whitening agent. There are a few common concerns that pop up when patients consider whitening:
Enamel: The integrity of your enamel can be affected by many factors, but teeth whitening isn’t one of them. There is no permanent damage to the enamel or the surrounding tooth.
Sensitivity: You may experience heightened sensitivity when whitening your teeth, but it will go away after one or two days (at most). If your teeth are naturally sensitive, teeth whitening will not improve your condition (but at least it won’t make it worse).
Restorative materials: From crowns to fillings, teeth whitening typically won’t affect any other materials in your mouth. However, there is a possibility that the bond between the enamel and the material may be reduced temporarily.
Is This Procedure Right for Me?
Most people can are eligible for this procedure, but there are cases where it may not be appropriate. Talk to the staff at Mason Dental Center to learn more about if it’s right for you.
How Long Does Whitening Last?
You can expect the procedure to last around 1 – 2 years, though some have reported the results can last far longer than that. The more you avoid activities that stain your teeth, such as smoking or red wine, the whiter your teeth stay.
If you have more questions about teeth whitening, Mason Dental Center may be able to help. For more information or to schedule an appointment, give us a call to chat with our staff today.