After professional teeth whitening treatment, patients leave our office feeling proud of their sparkling smile and amazed at the immediate difference it makes to their appearance.

But occasionally a patient’s expectations may not match the results achieved. There can be several reasons for this. Quite often the results of professional teeth whitening with the Dallas, TX teeth whitening dentist are not fully apparent until several days after the procedure.

Everyone also has different expectations, and this can make a big difference in how satisfied they are. No matter what you expect from treatment, it’s important to remember that every patient starts with a different set of issues based on heredity and their dental history. Here are some basics to keep in mind before undergoing professional teeth whitening by your dentist.

Choosing the Right White

A handheld shade guide is used to measure the level of whitening that you can expect. If you have a specific outcome in mind, ask to see a shade guide so that the Dallas, TX teeth whitening dentist understands your expectations and can discuss any potential issues with obtaining the shade you desire.

Types of Stains on Teeth

Staining of teeth is intrinsic, extrinsic, or both. Intrinsic staining is usually a result of trauma, aging, too much tetracycline (a common antibiotic), or excessive use of fluoride. These stains are harder to eliminate and may require an in-office treatment followed by at home whitening.

Extrinsic stains result from certain foods, beverages, and normal wear. In the case of extrinsic stains, bleaching is usually very effective.

How Much Whitening is Too Much?

Some people believe that tooth whitening will cause their teeth to become too white. They are worried that the result will be unnatural. In reality, patients can usually expect a difference of two to seven shades with in-office whitening. Bleaching can produce wonderful results, but it can only reveal the natural whiteness of your tooth enamel.

Please Call for An Appointment

If you would like to learn more about reviving your smile with professional teeth whitening please call our office for an appointment. We will be happy to take the time to sit down with you to explain exactly what you can expect.

 

Have you walked down the dental care aisle at your drug store recently? If so, you were probably faced with a nearly overwhelming choices of teeth whitening products.

Of course, they all claim to provide “stunning” results, but are all the claims true? Some of these over-the-counter products can be quite costly, but do they deliver results that are worth the price?

Here’s a breakdown of some of the products available, and their effectiveness:

Whitening Strips

Teeth whitening strips purchased at your local pharmacy do offer some level of whitening because of their peroxide-based whitening agent but do have drawbacks. The peroxide used is not nearly as strong as that safely used by the Dallas, TX Teeth Whitening Dentist.

Also, whitening strips are one-size-fits-all and have limited contact with the surface of your tooth enamel, not the spaces in between your teeth. They can slowly remove some stains, but it may take months and a significant investment to see noticeable results.

Teeth Whitening Rinse

Teeth whitening rinses are similar to a mouthwash and are effective for killing bacteria, removing some plaque and refreshing your breath. Unlike mouthwashes, though, they also contain hydrogen peroxide.

The directions instruct you to rinse twice daily for one minute each. They advise that it may take up to 12 weeks to see any results. Our patients have told our dentist that they see little or no difference after use. This is probably due to the fact that the rinse barely comes into contact with your teeth for a couple minutes each time it’s used.

Teeth Whitening Gel

Over-the-counter whitening gels are clear, peroxide-based gels that you apply directly to the surface of your teeth. Instructions call for twice-daily use for two weeks. Used properly you may see results in a few days, with final results lasting about four months. The drawback to this product is that proper application is difficult because the surface of your teeth must be completely free of saliva before use in order for the gel to be effective.

Whether you choose a home whitening treatment or a quick and effective in-office whitening system such as Zoom or Boost, always consult with your dentist first. OurDallas, TX Teeth Whitening Dentist will examine your teeth to make sure there are no underlying oral health issues that may be negatively impacted through the use of over-the-counter whitening agents.


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