Many people want to achieve a whiter, brighter smile. No one wants teeth that appear stained, yellow, or brown. Discolored teeth are unattractive and look unhealthy.
If you’re unhappy with the color of your teeth, teeth whitening may help.
Below, the team at Turnagain Dental shares a list of frequently asked questions about teeth whitening so you can decide if whitening your teeth is a good option for you.
Teeth Whitening FAQs
How do teeth whiteners work?
Most teeth whiteners contain peroxide-based bleaching agents at varying concentrations, which help get rid of both deep and surface-level stains on teeth.
What options do you have with teeth whitening?
There are a number of ways that you can whiten your teeth:
- In-office dental visit
- At-home teeth whitening strips or gels
- Tray-based bleaching system
- Whitening toothpaste
How long do the effects last?
This depends mostly on the method you use to whiten your teeth. In any case, the effects are not permanent and their longevity depends on how well you care for your teeth and whether you avoid foods and beverages prone to cause staining.
You can expect to achieve the best results from an in-office visit with your dentist. Those teeth-whitening results can last up to a year or more.
Do teeth whiteners damage your teeth in any way?
Studies of teeth whitening products containing less than 10% carbamide peroxide have shown little to no evidence of damage to tooth enamel, nerves, or existing dental restorations, such as fillings and crowns.
Are there any side effects associated with teeth whitening?
The most common side effects are mild gum irritation and a temporary increase in teeth sensitivity. Both of these side effects generally go away by themselves and don’t last longer than 1-3 days.
Are teeth whitening products effective and safe?
Results vary depending on the individual, their age, the cause of staining, and the stain color.
Yellowish teeth typically respond well to teeth whitening whereas brownish teeth respond less well, and blue-grayish or purplish teeth are typically more difficult and may require multiple treatments.
Many, but not all, teeth whitening products have been approved by the American Dental Association. Look for the ADA Seal of Acceptance on any products you use.