Teeth Whitening FAQs

Teeth Whitening FAQs

Apr 01, 2021

A bright smile is something that all of us desire. The problem is some people have yellow or stained teeth that make it hard to smile. That’s probably the reason why teeth whitening procedure has become one of the most popular cosmetic dentistry treatments. Before you decide to whiten your teeth, you need to know what the process involves and the best way to brighten your teeth.

What Causes the Teeth to Discolor?

Teeth discoloration is at times inevitable because of various factors that include:

  • Age. The enamel begins to wear out as we age, which exposes the dentin. This is the inner layer which is brown or yellow.
  • Certain medications can cause the teeth to darken.
  • Lifestyle factors. Habits like smoking can cause the teeth to darken. Tobacco causes brown stains to develop on the teeth and also the gum line.
  • Poor dental hygiene. Forgetting to brush as required can cause the plaques to buildup. Plaque is a sticky film that builds upon the teeth causing them to turn yellow.
  • Dental materials. Teeth materials like amalgam fillings or porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns can cause the gum to darken.
  • Trauma. The teeth can get hit when playing sports which can impact blood flow, causing the nerve to die.

How Can You Get Teeth Whiten?

You can either use commercial products or professional teeth whitening. Both of the products contain the whitening agent which will cause the teeth to whiten. However, we recommend professional teeth whitening because our dentist will take the necessary steps to prevent the gums from bruising.

The commercial teeth whitening products are readily available, but some are not as effective. Some of the whitening products may cause the teeth to darken, which worsens the situation.

How is the Professional Whitening Done?

The in-office professional teeth whitening process begins with teeth cleaning. Next, the dentist will apply the whitening agent for 15 minutes (Depending on the type of teeth whitening treatment you choose). The substance is rinsed off and the process is repeated two to three times depending on the severity of the discoloration.

You can get at-home teeth whitening kits to maintain the whitening results at home. These whitening kits are customized to fit your dental structure.

Will the Teeth Damage Your Teeth?

No. Although tooth sensitivity is a common side effect; it clears with time. The dentist also might give you tooth-sensitive toothpaste to ease the discomfort.

During the in-office teeth whitening, the dentist will apply a protective agent on the gums to protect them from bruising.

If you continue to experience tooth sensitivity, visit a dental clinic near you for treatment.

Can I Use D.I.Y Whitening Products?

Several whitening home remedies are believed to whiten the teeth such as banana peels. Unfortunately, no evidence supports the theory that rubbing the peels on the teeth will whiten. The minerals in the banana can, however, benefit your dental health.

Baking soda has also been used to whiten the teeth. It is believed to be mild and less abrasive and this can benefit the whitening process. However, baking soda can only remove mild stains from the teeth.

Additionally, the constant use of baking soda may stripe the enamel of the essential minerals causing it to weaken.

It is important to consult the dentist before using any home whitening product. Some like lemons can affect the enamel and cause it to darken.

How Long Will the Teeth Stay White?

Teeth whitening can brighten the smile for a few months. However, your teeth can revert to the previous shade because of various factors like habits. How long your teeth stay white will depend on what you eat and drink.

How Can You Prevent Teeth Discoloration?

While you may not do anything about age and wearing out of the enamel, you can prevent stain development by:

  • Maintaining proper dental hygiene to keep plaques from accumulating.
  • Get regular teeth cleaning. This is not a whitening process, but it does remove certain stains and keep the teeth bright.
  • Avoid taking staining foods and beverages like coffee, wine, and cocoa. If you do consume them, ensure you brush your teeth afterward.

Schedule an Appointment

Visit Garden Lakes Family Dentistry in Phoenix, Arizona for more information about teeth whitening.