Many patients have questions about teeth whitening treatments we offer, so we have compiled some of the most common inquiries we receive and provided some helpful answers for those considering the procedure.
Are there a differences between over-the-counter teeth whitening products and professional teeth whitening treatments?
While there are over-the-counter whitening products available that can gradually lighten the shade of your teeth, these methods are often less effective and less efficient than professional treatments. The terms used on the labels of over-the-counter products can also be confusing. Products that claim to “whiten” the teeth may only eliminate debris from the tooth’s surface, rather than lightening stains in the enamel. Products that claim “bleaching” properties must contain hydrogen peroxide or another active whitening agent; however, it is important to note that the active bleaching agents used with professional-grade treatments are typically much more powerful due to a higher concentration. This key difference can lead to dramatically whiter and brighter teeth over a much shorter period of time. Patients who choose professional-grade whitening also have the benefit of a dentist’s supervision to help them select a whitening treatment suited to their individual needs.
Am I a good candidate for teeth whitening?
Professional teeth whitening can effectively diminish most types and degrees of dental staining and discoloration. Haight Street Dental recommends that candidates address any pre-existing dental concerns, such as tooth decay or gum disease, before beginning a professional whitening treatment. Patients with severe stains or discoloration that may not respond well to bleaching may achieve better results with porcelain veneers, which can conceal the color of the tooth with a thin shell of porcelain
Is professional teeth whitening safe?
Under the supervision of an experienced dentist, professional whitening treatments can safely brighten your smile. While is is not uncommon experience tooth sensitivity during or shortly after treatment, this side effect is typically mild and dissipates quickly. We often combine teeth whitening with a fluoride treatment for extra protection against tooth sensitivity.
Will teeth whitening change the shade of my crowns, porcelain veneers, or fillings?
Porcelain veneers, crowns, and tooth-colored fillings are not typically impacted by whitening treatments. If you have dental work you are concerned about, your whitening treatment plan can be custom tailored to accommodate any unique challenges for a healthy, natural-looking smile.
How much does teeth whitening cost?
Depending upon which method of teeth whitening you choose, the price for your treatment can vary. At the end of your initial consultation, our treatment coordinator will provide you with a quote based upon your customized treatment plan.