What to Ask About Teeth Whitening at Your Next Routine Family Dental Check-Up & Cleaning Service
White teeth are hard to achieve and maintain for anyone, even people with thorough oral hygiene practices. It’s no secret that whitening your teeth can greatly boost your confidence and improve your quality of life.
But not all teeth whitening solutions deliver stellar results. It’s only natural to have questions about the process. Here’s what you should ask your dentist about teeth whitening at your next routine family dental check-up and cleaning service. Call us today to book an appointment.
What’s the Best Way to Whiten My Teeth?
There are plenty of products on the market that claim to whiten your teeth. Most aren't effective, and some do more harm than good. It's always a good idea to get a routine family dental check-up and cleaning service first before you attempt to whiten your teeth at home. In fact, you might only need a cleaning to restore your smile's sparkle.
Ask your dentist about which over-the-counter whitening products to use. Or better yet, opt for in-office bleaching. This way, you’ll get the treatment oversight you need to guarantee great results.
Does Teeth Whitening Hurt?
Teeth whitening should not hurt. That's why it's imperative to consult an experienced dental professional for the procedure. Be sure to inform your dentist about any previous whitening products you might have used or whether you have experienced any sensitivities.
That said, you might experience some discomfort or sensitivity after the procedure. Your dentist will inform you of the best way to address this concern.
How Long is the Process?
Teeth whitening at your dentist's office will take approximately half an hour to ninety minutes, depending on the severity of your stains. You may require more than one session to achieve desired results.
Does Teeth Whitening Damage Your Teeth?
Teeth bleaching products can have multiple side effects. Some products may damage your enamel, cause irritation to the gums or cause increased tooth sensitivity. Damage to the dental enamel may be permanent and irreversible. For this reason, it’s important to see a professional family dentist for teeth whitening. This way, you’re assured of safe and effective results.
What Can I Do to Maintain White Teeth After the Process?
It’s a good idea to avoid foods that may stain your teeth for the first few days after your treatment. Avoid dark foods and drinks like wine, tea and coffee and drink through a straw whenever you can. Do avoid acidic foods after the procedure as well. Acidic foods can break down your teeth’s enamel, making them porous and more likely to absorb stains.
If you’re not sure what to avoid, think of it this way, foods and drinks that can stain your white couch can definitely stain your teeth.
Are You Ready for a Brighter Smile?
At Millrise Dental, we provide teeth whitening as part of our routine family dental check-up and cleaning service. We have the experience and expertise to ensure a long-lasting, brighter smile. Call today to schedule an appointment.