FAQs About Teeth Whitening

girl happy about tooth whiteningThe cosmetic dentistry field has seen an amazing amount of growth in recent years, and for good reason. Your teeth are often the first impression you give to people, and whether you know or not, they may be judging you accordingly. People with bright, white teeth are more likely to land the job they apply for, and to be considered more “successful” in many areas of life. Professional teeth whitening treatments can be an excellent option for people that want quick, obvious results, and wish to maintain a whiter smile.

What Types of Stains Does Whitening Remove?

In general, teeth whitening treatments can remove extrinsic stains (those on the outside of your teeth) and you may see results after just one treatment. The most common stains are caused by food and drink that is dark-colored, and consumed on a regular basis. These items may include:

  • Coffee, Tea, Wine
  • Blueberries, Cherries
  • Cigarettes

My Tooth Looks Grey, Can I Still Bleach It?

A grey or pink colored tooth is commonly a sign of some type of nerve damage, or an indication that the tooth needs restorative treatments. Regular teeth whitening systems typically will not remove this discoloration because it resides from deep within the tooth where the bleaching agents cannot reach.

Does Teeth Whitening Hurt?

Whitening your teeth should not hurt. Following your dentist’s recommendations can help you avoid discomfort associated with the treatment. In some cases, when bleaching is performed more often than directed, patients may experience tooth sensitivity or pain when eating and drinking which usually resolves on its own.

How Soon Will I See Results?

If you choose to have your teeth whitened in the office, you can expect to see dramatic results after just one treatment. Your teeth may be lightened up to 10 shades. At home treatments can take a couple weeks to reach your desired level of whitening.

 About Your Des Moines Dentist:

Dr. Burds will do everything he can to save your teeth and your smile, but sometimes a tooth extraction is necessary to keep your mouth and body safe. If you need a tooth extracted to save the rest of your smile, contact Gateway Dental Group in Des Moines, Iowa, at (515) 244-9565. We welcome patients from River Bend, Kirkwood Glen, East Village, and neighboring communities.