Professional teeth whitening is one of the quickest and easiest ways to enhance your smile. It is one of the most popular cosmetic dentistry treatments today. Dr. Emily Ann Reece offers teeth whitening in her Raleigh, NC dental office. She will meet with you to evaluate your needs and your dental health as well as discuss your cosmetic goals before recommending treatment.
If your tooth stains are resistant to teeth whitening products, we offer cosmetic treatments such as dental crowns, porcelain veneers, and tooth bonding. These treatments not only address discolored teeth but offer longer-lasting results. Learn about the causes of tooth discoloration as well as teeth whitening treatment at Reedy Creek Family and Cosmetic Dentistry below.
What Causes Tooth Discoloration?
As we age, it is normal to experience some tooth discoloration. Over time, the foods and beverages we consume stain and discolor teeth. In addition, as the tooth enamel wears down, the dark underlayer called dentin can show through. Patients who smoke or use tobacco products are more prone to yellowed and discolored tooth enamel. If you drink wine, coffee, tea, or other pigmented beverages, your teeth can also become stained over time.
Teeth Whitening Treatment
Dr. Reece customizes your whitening treatment to meet your needs and goals. She will thoroughly examine your teeth prior to treatment to determine if whitening teeth will address your tooth staining and discoloration. In-office treatment consists of Dr. Reece applying whitening gel to the enamel and curing it with light.
To maintain your smile following your treatment, avoid substances that are known to cause tooth discoloration. Beverages like sodas, tea, and coffee should be consumed through a straw to help avoid the liquids from staining your smile. Avoid smoking and tobacco products as they can yellow and discolor teeth as well.
Teeth Whitening FAQs
Is the teeth whitening procedure safe?
Professional teeth whitening is completely safe for you and for your teeth. However, children who are under the age of 13 should avoid tooth whitening because their teeth are still forming. In addition, women who are pregnant or lactating should avoid tooth whitening procedures because the calcium in their teeth may be weakened by their pregnancy. Otherwise, professional teeth whitening treatment is a safe and effective way of erasing years of stains from your teeth.
Are store-bought teeth whitening kits effective?
Over-the-counter tooth whiteners may claim that they can whiten teeth quickly. However, whitening strips, toothpaste, and gels whiten the teeth very slowly. Store-bought whitening products cannot whiten teeth by multiple shades all at once. In addition to this, some of these products actually contain chemicals that can damage your teeth and gums. If you want effective teeth whitening treatment, contact Dr. Reece.
Does teeth whitening hurt?
No, teeth whitening should not hurt. With professional whitening, our office ensures that the soft tissues in your mouth are protected from the bleaching solution. If anything, you’ll feel some sensitivity for a few days after the whitening procedure. Though we use products that are designed to prevent sensitivity, some patients are more susceptible to it than others.
Should my teeth be cleaned before or after whitening?
Professional teeth whitening works best on freshly cleaned teeth. We recommend scheduling a dental cleaning and whitening in the same appointment at our office. If your teeth aren’t clean, whitening results are patchy because of the buildup of plaque and tartar on your teeth.
When can I eat and drink after teeth whitening treatment?
Wait for half an hour after your whitening treatment to eat or drink anything. Also, avoid eating or drinking anything that can stain your teeth for 48 hours. The two days following your whitening treatment are the most crucial for staining because the pores on your teeth remain open. If you drink beverages like coffee or tea, drink them through a straw to minimize the impact of their staining properties.
How long do the results of teeth whitening last?
Results last anywhere from six months to three years. There are many different factors that change how long results last for different patients. Genetically, some teeth are more responsive to whitening treatment than others. Your lifestyle habits play a factor as well. If you smoke or frequently drink coffee or tea, your whitening results won’t last as long as others.
How often can I get my teeth whitened?
Even with professional-grade products that minimize sensitivity, too many whitening treatments can cause issues. Only whiten your teeth once or twice a year. Whitening more often means more problems with sensitivity and the shade of your teeth looks unnatural.
Am I an ideal candidate for teeth whitening?
Most patients are eligible for teeth whitening treatment. However, some stains aren’t able to be taken care of with traditional whitening methods. In these cases, we offer solutions like dental bonding or porcelain veneers to get the white smile you’re looking for.
Brighten Your Smile Today
Do you want to whiten your teeth by multiple shades at once? Call Reedy Creek Family and Cosmetic Dentistry at 919.646.6294 for professional whitening treatment. You may also request a consultation with Dr. Reece on our website. If you have any questions about your dental concerns or teeth whitening treatments, let us know. We will be happy to clarify information about our practice and services.