Is teeth whitening effective?

Yes. Teeth whitening, also called teeth bleaching, can remove stains that your teeth acquire over time from staining foods and beverages as well as cigarette smoke.

Should I get my teeth whitened by a dentist?

You can probably get some results with at-home whiteners, but you will get better results if you work with a dentist.

Teeth whitening is generally safe when properly performed, and a dentist is well trained in the use of whitening compounds and equipment. In addition, a dentist can tell you if you have oral health problems that may make whitening unadvisable. A dentist knows how to protect your gums against exposure to the whitening gel, which can irritate gums, and, in rare cases, cause receding gums. Dentists can also let you know if whitening will really be effective for you or if another treatment might be recommended.

How long does teeth whitening last?

The stains removed from your teeth are gone forever, but exposing your teeth to staining foods can lead to new discoloration. How long it takes for your teeth to become discolored again depends on how many staining foods you consume. You can maintain results by getting periodic treatments in the office or using touch-up trays at home. Practicing good oral hygiene habits will also help maintain results.

Is in-office or take-home whitening better?

We offer both forms of teeth whitening because both have their advantages. In-office whitening can lead to dramatic whitening in a very short period of time–less than an hour.

Take-home whitening trays may whiten more slowly, but in the long run they give even better results, and using the trays regularly can help maintain results. Because their advantages can be seen as complementary, many people use a combination of both teeth whitening approaches.

Will it make my teeth sensitive?

Many people experience sensitivity after getting teeth whitening. This is typically transient, lasting for a few days and then passing. If you’ve had sensitivity issues in the past or are concerned about this issue, let us know. There are ways that we can prevent or reduce sensitivity.

Will teeth whitening affect my restorations?

Teeth whitening will not whiten restorations that have become discolored with age. That’s why it is recommended that you whiten your teeth before getting restorations.  In some cases, teeth whitening might affect the bond between teeth and restorations, which another reason to talk to your dentist before getting teeth whitening.

What if my teeth don’t respond to whitening?

Teeth whitening works well on superficial stains, but if your tooth is discolored due to defects in the enamel or damage to the interior of the tooth, then it likely won’t become whiter no matter how many treatments you have. Instead, you may have to cover your tooth with a dental veneer or dental crown to get the white smile you desire.

Do you have additional questions about teeth whitening in River Edge,NJ? Please call 201-343-4044 or email us for an appointment with a cosmetic dentist at the River Edge Dental Center for General & Cosmetic Dentistry.