Here are some frequently asked questions about teeth whitening procedures and how they work.
1. What do you use to whiten teeth?
In-office teeth whitening treatments are the most potent out of the three options listed below. Most dentists can help patients make their teeth about six shades lighter by applying a solution that has 38% hydrogen peroxide used in the dental office.
2. Where do I go to get my teeth whitened?
There are several options. You can visit your general dentist locally to get in-office treatment. Another option you can purchase an at-home tooth whitening kit through your local general dentist, such as a dental tray or over-the-counter whitening strips from a drugstore.
3. Is whitening teeth covered by insurance?
Unfortunately, teeth whitening is not usually covered by dental insurance. This is an out-of-pocket expense.
4. How much does it cost to have your teeth whitened?
The cost can vary from one dental clinic to another and sometimes even one city to another. It also depends on the means of teeth whitening as well as materials used. Talk to your local general dental office for options and costs involved.
5. How long does teeth whitening take?
This depends on the method you use. If you visit a teeth whitening dentist in Toronto, then you may require about two to three visits. After the in-office treatments are complete, you will need to continue at-home treatments, which can take anywhere from 30 minutes to one hour for anywhere from two to four weeks or as instructed by your dentist.
6. Does whitening damage teeth?
Under the direction of your dentist, there is no reason why teeth whitening will damage your teeth.
7. Does tooth whitening affect fillings, veneers, or crowns?
No, teeth whitening does not affect any dental restorative products. If you have fillings, veneers, or crowns; you might need to have them removed after the teeth whitening procedure and have new ones put in to match your whiter teeth.
8. Is tooth whitening bad for enamel?
Generally speaking, teeth whitening does not have any negative effects on enamel. However, this depends on the acidity level of the products you are using as acidity is what strips away enamel.
9. Does teeth whitening hurt?
No, teeth whitening does not hurt, although some patients may experience slight tingling during and after the procedure. Sensitivity may also be a side effect, but it usually subsides within a few days. If tooth sensitivity persists longer than one week following the tooth whitening procedure, contact your dentist as they have materials to help alleviate the sensitivity.
10. How long does professional teeth whitening last?
Professional teeth whitening should last anywhere between six months to one year. It is not a permanent solution, and it does require regular care such as routine dental visits and brushing your teeth on a regular basis. You should also try to avoid certain foods and drinks, such as tea and coffee, which can stain your teeth.
11. How often can I whiten my teeth?
It is important to keep in mind that teeth whitening is not a permanent fix, and everyone’s teeth are different, so the frequency with which patients should touch up their teeth varies. Lifestyle choices, such as how often you brush your teeth and the kinds of foods and drinks you consume, can also determine the frequency with which you may require a tooth whitening touch-up. Some people may notice discolouration resurfacing in as little as a month after the original procedure while others might not notice it until a year or more afterward.
12. Can I brush my teeth after whitening?
Yes, you should absolutely brush your teeth after having them whitened. Try using a tooth whitening toothpaste with a high concentration of fluoride to help keep the stains away.
The Princeview Dental Group is an Etobicoke dental clinic that can provide patients with a number of in-office or at home teeth whitening solutions, based on their preference and cost. Contact the staff at Princeview Dental to schedule a consultation appointment through the office phone number at (416) 231-4562 to help bring back that brightened white smile.