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Top Questions You Should Be Asking About Teeth Whitening

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Teeth whitening is any treatment designed to remove surface staining on teeth. This can be caused by many different things, including foods and drinks, tobacco use, stains caused by bacteria, and anything else that sticks to the surface of teeth and leaves a dark mark.

Almost any type of whitening treatment can be used to remove these stains, but you must choose treatments that will be effective on your teeth.

Today, let’s explore some important questions you should ask before getting your teeth whitened. Here’s what you need to know:

What Causes Teeth Discoloration?

In most cases, teeth discoloration is caused by stains caused by eating or drinking certain foods and beverages. For example, coffee and tea can leave a dark color on your teeth, while red wine can also cause stains.

In some cases, teeth discoloration can also be caused by smoking or tobacco use. If you smoke or have smoked, your teeth can become stained by the tobacco you consume.

Tooth discoloration can also be caused by certain medications that you may be taking and by certain internal conditions. For example, hyperparathyroidism can lead to stained teeth, while certain medications can also cause teeth discoloration.

What is the Process?

The process of teeth whitening is straightforward. First, you will be given a kit, usually containing trays. An activating solution is placed in the trays, and the trays are placed on your teeth for a set amount of time. Then, you will have to rinse your mouth with a special solution and have the trays removed.

Some whitening kits also include a desensitizing agent that can be placed in your mouth before you begin and help prevent your teeth from becoming sensitive.

The process takes a few minutes per day and takes several days or weeks, depending on the preferred process.

How Much Will the Treatment Whiten My Teeth?

Teeth whitening can help you achieve a nice and whiter smile, but it is impossible to predict how much teeth whitening will whiten your teeth or how much they will whiten. Some teeth tend to stain more than others and can be more difficult to whiten, so be sure to consult your dentist beforehand.

How White Will My Teeth Get?

Teeth whitening can make your teeth about two to three shades whiter, but it depends on how much your teeth stain and how much they stain. You can get your teeth from two to three shades whiter, but this will only last for a little while.

Some people choose to get their teeth whitened for special occasions and may want their teeth to be four to five shades whiter, but in this case, you should know that your teeth will only be four to five shades whiter for a few days and then will slowly return to their original shade.

The Bottom Line

Teeth whitening has many benefits. Overall it’s a good investment that can last 10 to 20 years, depending on the system. You must know how to properly choose your teeth whitening methods to ensure that you get the results you want and get the most out of the process.

If you are looking for a safe and reliable dental clinic, we can help you! We at Danvers Aesthetic Family Dentistry offer a wide range of dental and cosmetic dentistry services. Our goal is to improve your oral health and aesthetics. Contact us today to learn more. Book an appointment online now! 

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