Will bleaching work?
People’s teeth are stained to different degrees and have stained for different reasons. Likewise, how long it takes to lighten the teeth and how white they will get varies greatly. Most everyone who bleaches does show some degree of lightening.
Bleaching works on NATURAL TEETH ONLY and will not alter the color of crowns, filings, bonding, and so forth.
Do the over-the-counter products work?
We are unaware of anyone who reports success with most of the over-the-counter gels, toothpastes, rinses, etc. The one exception are the white strips, which do appear to show some effect. The limitations of the white strips are they reach the front teeth only and can be difficult to get to all tooth surfaces, particularly if the teeth are somewhat rotated or overlapped. The strips aren’t a very powerful bleach, but some whitening is usually noticed.
How long will the effects last?
Results may last anywhere from a few months to several years, depending upon your diet and habits (smoking, tea, and red wine for example). Many people do a day or two of touch up bleaching every few months to maintain their result.
If I hang onto my whitening trays can I buy a bleach refill kit?
Yes you can; just stop by the office and Karen can get one for you.
Is this safe?
This type of bleaching (carbamide peroxide) has been in widespread use for over a decade now and thus far has not show any harm to the teeth.
Are there any side effects?
Some people experience temporary increased tooth sensitivity to cold during treatment. These symptoms generally disappear within 1-3 days after treatment.
Can I bleach my teeth if I might be pregnant or am nursing?
The safety of this has not been tested, so we ask you not to use the bleaching gel if there is a reasonable chance you may be pregnant or if you are nursing.
Just give us a call (328-1100) and we’d be glad to schedule a consultation appointment for you.
Richard Warner, D.D.S.
Warner Family Dentistry in Council Bluffs
The whitening agent is placed in a custom mouth piece called a bleach tray. The tray must be carefully made to keep the whitening agent evenly close to your teeth.
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