After a time, it’s completely normal for your teeth to become yellow or stained. It’s up to you how you react to these results. Many patients of ours at Sana Dental begin to steer clear of tooth staining foods and drinks like wine, coffee, tea, and berries while others will invest in teeth whitening products like toothpaste or mouthwashes. If you’re looking for long-lasting results that look great, you might want to consider professional teeth whitening. Our cosmetic dentist in Edmonton is happy to explain to you everything you need to know about teeth whitening. Most of our patients have questions about teeth whitening which is why we compiled a list of our top teeth whitening FAQs with the answers you’re looking for. Feel free to read through our list and give us a call if you still have questions
Is Tooth Whitening Harmful to My Enamel?
One of the first questions that our patients ask us at our Edmonton dental office is if professional teeth whitening is harmful to the enamel. This is a good question because if you know anything about your enamel is that it is the most important part of your tooth. It protects your teeth from cavities. It is also your only enamel so if you damage it, it won’t grow back. When it comes to tooth whitening, you don’t have to worry about harming your enamel if you’re visiting a professional. All of our teeth whitening products are approved by our dentist. With our proper care and guidance, you have nothing to worry about.
If you are thinking about going the over the counter whitening route, this is where you can run into trouble. Some products out there are not approved by dentists and can harm your enamel. Proceed with caution if you are considering using a product from online or the store.
Will My Teeth Become Sensitive from Teeth Whitening?
Another one of our top teeth whitening FAQs regards sensitive teeth. Once again, another good question. Many of our patients already have sensitive teeth. If this is the case, please let us know. We might be able to choose a different tooth whitening product to make your teeth whitening procedure more comfortable. It is normal to experience a bit of sensitivity with tooth whitening, but with sensitivity toothpaste, the problem should resolve itself in a few weeks. Make sure to tell us if you are concerned about tooth sensitivity for your teeth whitening treatment.
Can Anyone Get Teeth Whitening?
Not every patient is a good candidate for professional teeth whitening. We first require that our patients are in good dental health. This means they are absent of cavities, decay and gum disease. If your teeth are healthy, you are most likely a good candidate for teeth whitening. The only other exception is if you have restorations at the front of your mouth that are a different shade than your desired tooth shade. This is because restorations cannot be whitened.
Is Teeth Whitening Safe For Your Teeth?
Another common teeth whitening FAQ we get at our dental office regards the safety of teeth whitening. You have nothing to worry about if you are receiving a professional teeth whitening treatment from our dentist. We will ensure that your teeth stay safe throughout your treatment.
How Much Does Professional Teeth Whitening in Edmonton Cost?
Not every patient is the same which is why every patient may have different priced teeth whitening treatment. Please visit our dentist for a consultation to see how much your teeth whitening treatment will cost.
Can I Whiten Veneers, Crowns or Dental Fillings?
As we stated before, restorations cannot be whitened because they are not porous material. If you have porcelain veneers, dental crowns, inlays, onlays, dental bridges, dentures, or dental fillings, these will not respond to whitening treatment. If you want to whiten them, they will need to be replaced.
Do Over the Counter Whitening Products Work?
If you want to just purchase a whitening product over the counter, you might be wondering if they are worth the money. This is really a hit or miss. We can tell you that an over the counter whitening product will only whiten your teeth a few shades while a professional treatment can whiten your teeth up to 8. You also run the risk of damaging your teeth or ending up with uneven results. It’s also possible that your teeth don’t whiten at all.
How Long Will My Teeth Whitening Results Last?
Your teeth whitening results can last anywhere from 6 months to over a year. It really depends on well you take care of your teeth. If you are the type who avoids foods and drinks that stain your teeth, brushes several times a day and visit the dentist regularly, you can expect your results to last a long time. If you enjoy drinking coffee, tea, wine or eating berries without brushing your teeth afterward, your results will fade faster.
How Long is the Teeth Whitening Procedure?
The teeth whitening procedure takes about an hour in our office or an hour a day for about two weeks with the take-home kit. You may need more treatments if you don’t achieve your results after one round.
Is Professional Tooth Whitening Painful?
Teeth whitening is not a painful procedure. If you experience any pain at all during your whitening treatment, please let us know immediately so that we can help resolve the pain.
Schedule an Appointment for Teeth Whitening in Edmonton Today
If you want a whiter smile, what are you waiting for? Give our dentist in Edmonton a call to schedule a consultation or fill out our online form to have your teeth whitening FAQs answered.