According to the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, the value of a beautiful white smile is actually quantifiable. Just about everyone—99.7 percent of adults—thinks a smile is important in social interactions, and 96 percent believe an attractive smile appeals to members of the opposite sex. Beyond social concerns, 76 percent of adults think that an unattractive smile can reduce your chances for career success. So what’s stopping you from getting teeth whitening in Belton? Dr. Gupta wants to answer some common questions to help you feel more comfortable about bleaching your teeth.
Will Teething Whitening Harm Tooth Enamel?
The short answer to that question is that no permanent damage results to your enamel or any other tooth structures as a result of whitening. However, if some of your teeth have worn enamel, then a bleaching solution in a high concentration may lead to further demineralization or slight erosion. That’s why Dr. Gupta always recommends professional teeth whitening rather than over-the-counter methods, so that we can carefully choose a concentration that is safe and effective for your teeth.
Does Whitening Cause Permanent Tooth Sensitivity?
Tooth sensitivity after teeth whitening is common, but not long lasting. Most people report that any sensitivity disappears within a couple of days after treatment. Also, the professional strength whitening gel that we use contains fluoride to help reduce the chances of tooth sensitivity.
How Long Does Teeth Whitening Last?
We’re not trying to be vague, but the honest answer to that question is it depends. Certain beverages and foods—coffee, tea, soda, red wine, blueberries, tomato sauce, dark chocolate—as well as smoking and chewing tobacco can make fast work of darkening teeth that have been recently whitened. If you can avoid these, then your smile will stay whiter longer. At minimum, however, you can expect your white smile to last from six months to two years. And with our at-home whitening kit, you’ll easily be able to perform touch-up treatments to keep your teeth bright.
Will Whitening Affect Fillings, Veneers or Crowns?
Bleaching gel has little to no effect on restorations such as tooth-colored fillings, porcelain veneers or dental crowns. In fact, if you need any of these types of restorations, you may want to speak to Dr. Gupta about having your teeth whitened before restorative care. Then, we’ll be able to match the color of the restoration to your new smile.
Contact Our Office Today
If you have any other questions about teeth whitening or its side effects, don’t hesitate to call Ace Dental. We’ll be glad to help you feel completely comfortable with the process so you can have the smile you deserve.