One of the best ways to turn your smile from dull to dazzling is by whitening your teeth. The change in the shade makes a considerable difference, especially for those who have been reluctant to show their teeth due to discoloration or darkening. There is no need to hide your happiness any longer. When you whiten with Lifetime Dental Health, flashing a stunning smile will come second nature. You will look better, feel more confident, and be ready to show the world your smile. Here is our complete guide to teeth whitening:
How can I get a whiter smile?
Far more advanced than over-the-counter whitening toothpaste and strips, we go above and beyond when it comes to brightening. We offer both in-office and at-home whitening options with professional-grade strength. For best results, we recommend our in-office whitening. In just one appointment, your teeth will be shades brighter. If you prefer to whiten at home, we offer customized whitening trays and a heavy-duty bleaching agent. While the at-home option may take a bit longer (usually 10-14 days), it will still produce dramatically whiter results and leave your smile brighter than ever.
How does whitening work?
When it comes to stains on your teeth, there are two different classifications; extrinsic and intrinsic. Extrinsic stains are surface stains, while intrinsic ones are much deeper rooted. Over-the-counter whitening products often target extrinsic stains, while professional whitening products target intrinsic ones, making them more effective. The whitening ingredient in our products goes deep inside of your enamel to help whiten discolored molecules. Simply put, our whitening products brighten your teeth from the inside out.
How long does whitening last?
The effects of whitening can vary from person to person based on dietary and lifestyle differences, but overall they may last up to three years. It is important to care for your smile after it has been whitening with good oral hygiene to maintain your results as long as possible. You should also avoid food and drink that can bleach and stain your enamel. To help maintain your new, pearly-white color, we offer at-home touch up options. We will explain all of this and more when you come in for a whitening consultation.
Will whitening damage my teeth?
Whitening will not damage your teeth or enamel. It is completely safe when done under the supervision of your dentist. You may, however, experience some sensitivity after whitening. This should go away in a few days and is completely normal. If you are experiencing sensitivity, avoid very hard or cold beverages and make sure you are brushing gently with a soft-bristled toothbrush. Look for products with the ADA seal of approval to help with your sensitivity.
If you are whitening at home with our take-home kits and notice sensitivity, take a break between treatments or wear your whitening trays for a shorter amount of time.
Is teeth whitening covered by insurance?
Most of the time, no, whitening is not covered by insurance. However, in general, the treatment is affordable. Prices between in-office and at-home treatments may vary. Come see us to learn more about the cost and to find a whitening plan that is right and affordable for you.
Will whitening damage my restorations?
In general, whitening will not damage restorations such as fillings, veneers, crowns, bridges, etc. It is important to remember though, that whitening will not be effective on many of these appliances. Many of these restorations are made of composite resin or porcelain, and the bleaching agents in whitening products will have no effect on them. When you come in for whitening, we may recommend replacing your appliance to better color-match your new smile.
Are there ways I can do my part in keeping my teeth stain-free?
Even those who take great care of their teeth via brushing, flossing, and regular check-ups and cleanings will likely see dullness, discoloration, and staining over time. It’s only natural and hard to predict or prevent. That said, there are some steps you can take to keep your teeth as white as possible. Refrain from smoking (a health benefit in more ways than one), and limit coffee and tea consumption as well as other dark beverages including red wine. Even chocolate, berries, tomatoes, and sauces can stain. Certain medications may cause tooth discoloration including some antibiotics.
If you are not satisfied with the current state of your smile, it’s time to make a change and start saying “Cheese!” with confidence. You deserve to look your best, starting with a bright white smile. Come see us today to get a smile that you are proud of and teeth that shine.