1. Clean Your Teeth First:
Whitening is most effective on clean teeth. Dental plaque and tartar can hinder the whitening process and even lead to future discoloration. Prior to starting any teeth whitening treatment, it’s recommended to schedule a dental cleaning. Regular brushing and flossing also help prevent plaque buildup and maintain a brighter smile.
2. Tooth Sensitivity:
Many whitening methods can cause tooth sensitivity as a temporary side effect. This sensitivity may include hot and cold food, sweet or acidic items, brushing or flossing, and hot or cold beverages. While over-the-counter pain medicine can help alleviate discomfort, certain products like whitening strips, chewing gum, and specialized toothpaste are less likely to aggravate sensitivity.
3. Teeth & Restorations:
Dental restorations, such as crowns, fillings, dentures, or veneers, do not respond to whitening treatments. If you have these restorations, whitening may result in uneven coloration. It’s possible to update fillings or restorations to match your natural teeth after they have been whitened. Some natural teeth, such as those affected by medication or injury, may also be resistant to whitening. In such cases, your dentist might recommend veneers as an alternative solution.
4. Whitening Time Frame:
Teeth whitening requires time and patience, regardless of the method used. In-office treatments may provide immediate results, but multiple sessions are often necessary to achieve the desired shade of white. At-home treatments generally take longer. The longevity of the whitening results also depends on the procedure. At-home treatments can improve brightness for 3-6 months, while professional whitening can last up to two years. Regular dental care and cleanings can help maintain the results, but touch-up treatments may be needed periodically.
Remember, teeth whitening is not a permanent solution, and wear is inevitable due to everyday use. By following these suggestions and maintaining good oral hygiene, you can enjoy a brighter and more confident smile.
MAINTAINING YOUR RESULTS
Maintaining your oral health is the best way to keep your results. In addition to frequent brushing and flossing to avoid discoloration, your dentist can remove tenacious buildup that your toothbrush cannot.
We want you to enjoy your smile at Midtown Smiles Dental Care. We prioritize your needs and provide patients with a relaxing environment and personalized solutions. Make an appointment to learn more about our cosmetic alternatives for making your smile look and feel its best.
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