Over time, the color of your teeth may darken, no matter how meticulous you are about oral hygiene. Your morning cups of coffee and various other eating habits can gradually stain your teeth. But we have a solution. Our team will whiten your teeth with easy treatment plans about which you will most certainly smile. Below are answers to some of our most frequently asked questions to help you understand the process. If you have more of your own, give us a call today.
What Are Some Common Causes of Dental Stains?
Dental stains occur gradually for most people, though tooth discoloration will vary by individual. Certain habits make people more susceptible to brown and yellow teeth, which may eventually necessitate teeth whitening services at Renaissance Dental Group. The leading causes of dental stains include:
Eating and Drinking Habits
Poor Dental Hygiene
How's the In-Office Whitening Procedure?
Dental whitening is a painless procedure but one that may require several visits to your dentist in order to achieve the final color results you desire. During your consultation visit, your dentist will likely photograph your teeth to provide a starting point for comparison so that he/she can effectively monitor the progress of your treatment. Your dentist will then perform a thorough examination to ensure that no other treatment is required ahead of the whitening process, as well as ask you a number of questions to get to the cause of the discoloration.
Next, your dentist or dental hygienist will give your teeth a thorough cleaning to remove any residue or bacteria that may prevent the whitening process from working properly.
Vital Whitening: what is it?
The most common variety of teeth whitening is called vital whitening, which is performed on teeth with current active nerves and involves whitening the tooth on the outside only. The whitening product is usually a gel that contains a form of hydrogen peroxide and is applied directly onto the surface of the tooth. Your dentist will then shine a special laser or light onto your teeth, creating a chemical reaction that begins the bleaching.
You can expect a session of Vital Whitening to take between 30 and 90 minutes. Then, depending on the extent of your staining as well as the level of whiteness you wish to achieve, you may require between one and three visits to your dentist’s office.
Non-Vital Whitening: what is it?
Non-vital whitening is most commonly used in teeth that are stained from the inside out, usually as a result of damage to the interior nerves.
In non-vital whitening, your dentist will place the whitening agent inside the tooth and cover it with a temporary filling. Again, you may require multiple treatments in order to achieve the extent of whitening that you desire.
What are the risks of Teeth Whitening?
Teeth whitening is a very safe procedure and is unlikely to cause serious side effects. However, you may find that your gums and teeth are a little more sensitive for a short time after the procedure. Even though this is a relatively safe procedure, not enough is known about the effect of teeth whitening on unborn babies, and as such, pregnant women should refrain from having their teeth whitened until after delivery.
Longevity of Results
Unfortunately, teeth whitening is not a one-off procedure, but the speed with which the whiteness will fade will vary depending on a range of factors, including whether or not you smoke and if you consume a lot of stain-causing foods and drinks. If these are regular habits for you, then you could see the whiteness begin to fade in as little as six weeks after your procedure. However, if you avoid stain-inducing activities and maintain a rigorous oral care regime, then you may not require another teeth whitening procedure for six to twelve months after your initial treatment.
Contact Renaissance Dental Group
Is a brighter, more confident smile on your wish list? Look no further than Renaissance Dental Group, where we offer professional teeth whitening services that will have you grinning from ear to ear.