Questions You May Have About Teeth Whitening
Is Getting Your Teeth Whitened Safe?
The active ingredient in most tooth whitening products is carbamide peroxide (according to the AMA), which yields hydrogen peroxide. Though there are side effects, manufacturers work to ensure their products are both safe and effective.
Teeth whitening is effective in about 90% of cases. If you have gum disease, sensitive teeth, or other issues like worn enamel, it may not be as effective. As always, Dr. J and other dentists at Bright Smile can provide guidance.
Can Whitening Your Teeth Damage Them?
Many question if the products used in brightening smiles can damage teeth, namely the enamel. The overarching answer is NO. Whitening products DO cause temporary tooth sensitivity as whitening agents go into action. But enamel is one of the strongest tissues in your body. There is no reason to worry about damaging it.
In addition, dentin – the material directly under enamel – is the part of the tooth most prone to stains. Dentin is what tooth whitening agency seek to whiten.
Is Tooth Whitening Permanent?
Tooth whitening isn’t permanent, though it affects everyone differently. Yellow-colored teeth may see more results than whitish-brown-colored ones. Also, those who drink tea, coffee, and red wine will see diminished effects compared to those who don’t. Generally, the effects last from 3 months to 3 years.
How Long Does The Entire Procedure Take?
The length of the procedure generally depends on the discoloration of teeth. Most smiles can be whitened in 30-90 minutes.
How Much Does It Cost?
The cost of whitening your smile can vary. Generally, the procedure costs on average $450-650 nationally. Some insurance providers may cover it and many don’t. As always, call Bright Smile to discuss your specific needs.