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Commonly Asked Questions About Teeth Whitening (pt.2)

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Welcome back! As we discussed in our previous blog, teeth whitening is a viable solution to dealing with stained teeth that is not caused by anything internal such as tooth decay. Alot of people are not sure about teeth whitening procedures, whether it’s right for them or if it is safe. We continue with Part two of our FAQ on teeth whitening. We hope it helps you make an informed decision on the procedure.

If my teeth do become sensitive, what can I do?

As we discussed in our previous blog, tooth sensitivity is a common possible side effect of teeth whitening. If you already know you have sensitive teeth, there are preventative steps you can take before your teeth whitening procedure. Brushing with desensitizing toothpaste that has potassium nitrate such as Sensodyne, for a couple of weeks prior can reduce sensitivity.  Some dentists will also mix in some with the bleaching tray to use during the process.

Are all teeth susceptible to whitening?

Teeth whitening procedures are just like bleaching hair, not all hair takes to bleaching the same and will produce different results. The same goes for teeth. Each tooth has a maximum level of whiteness possible, and that’s it. Also, keep in mind most teeth become more opaque when bleached so a tooth that’s already translucent can become more so and not appear to whiten. In this case, a tooth-colored composite can be used to improve appearance.

Am I too old/too young for a teeth whitening procedure?

Typically we advise no teeth whitening procedures for anyone under 12 as most of the adult frontal teeth have not come in. We believe that if a child under this age has discoloration, it is better to wait for their benefit, to prevent damage. Older people’s teeth tend to bleach well as long as there is no significant exposure of the root as mentioned. In many cases, A teeth whitening procedure often promotes a younger appearance.

Will bleaching have any effect on my existing dental work?

If you already have tooth-colored composite ceramic tooth restorations, you need to be aware that they can’t be lightened with bleach. They will stay the same color so you might consider what your smile will look like in that scenario. When you come into Uptown for a consultation, this is a good topic to discuss with us, and we can offer suggestions or alternatives.

How long will my brighter teeth color last?

This varies among individuals depending on eating and drinking habits as no method is permanent. But typical results last as little as six months and as long as two years, there is no guarantee, however.

How can I extend the life of my new color?

Simply maintain a regular oral hygiene routine at home and with your dentist. Avoid staining foods like red wine, tea, coffee and vices like tobacco. There are also bleaching touch up home kits to touch up your teeth.

How Do I Start The Process?

If you are ready to see if a teeth whitening procedure is for you, simply contact Uptown Dental for a consultation today. We will develop a plan of action that is a perfect fit for your smile.

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