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Teeth Whitening Frequently Asked Questions

Young woman with beautiful white smile Have you ever considered having your teeth whitened but wondered if it might be bad for your tooth enamel? There are all kinds of misconceptions about teeth whitening. The fact is that it is a perfectly safe cosmetic dentistry treatment and will not cause harm at all.

What About Sensitivity?

Yes, your teeth could end up being a little sensitive following a whitening treatment, but this sensation should be temporary. In other words, it will go away in a day or two.

Can Anyone Undergo Teeth Whitening Treatment?

Generally speaking, yes. If your teeth are extremely sensitive, though, it might be best to consult your dentist before proceeding with the treatment.

How Long Will Teeth Whitening Last?

Usually, you can expect that your teeth whitening treatment will last at least six months and possibly up to two years. The better you take care of your teeth following treatment, the longer your improvements will last. If you avoid things like coffee, tea, red wine, chocolate, and other foods that can compromise the color of tooth enamel, your smile will stay brighter longer.

Is Teeth Whitening Safe?

Yes, it is. Our team would never recommend any treatment that could harm your teeth.

Is Teeth Whitening Expensive?

This is pretty subjective. Think of it in this context: you could buy OTC teeth whitening treatments that might cost you $20. Each one of those treatments might whiten your teeth by one shade and last about a month. On the other hand, you could get a whitening treatment from your dentist that would whiten your teeth by eight shades and last for years, but it might cost you $700. It’s up to you to decide which is the better deal.

Is Teeth Whitening Toxic?

No, but that doesn’t mean that you should not proceed with caution. If you experience sensitivity to hydrogen peroxide, which is the main ingredient in teeth whitening treatments, then you should definitely let your dentist know before you proceed with whitening treatments.

Can’t I Just Use a Whitening Toothpaste?

You can, but do not expect to get the same results that you would from professional teeth whitening treatments with your dentist.