Answering Common Questions about Teeth Whitening

Dentist | AtlantaMost people see the value in having a bright, radiant smile. Since we are naturally attracted to others who have this feature (according to studies), it would make sense that we would also want this for ourselves, right? If you have been contemplating the benefits of brightening up your smile but find yourself hesitating, it could be because of a misperception about the safety or efficacy of professional whitening. We want you to love your smile, and so we will do our best to clear up questions that you may have.

Some of the common misperceptions about teeth whitening include:

Whitening is dangerous.

This idea could come from the fact that whitening is not recommended for women who are pregnant or nursing. That recommendation is simply a precaution; it does not indicate that there is anything dangerous about this cosmetic process. At most, the side-effects of whitening are temporary and limited to the direct location of the peroxide solution. We discuss these (sensitivity), and what to do about them if they do occur (numbing gel) during your consultation for teeth whitening in our Atlanta office.

Teeth whitening does not soften enamel, so does not inflict any harm to the surface of your teeth.

Whitening could harm existing restorations.

When you have invested into cosmetic dental treatment like bonding or porcelain veneers, the last thing you want is a simple treatment like teeth whitening to degrade your restorations. Fortunately, this is not likely. Whitening does not weaken the bond of veneers, nor does it break down porcelain or the other materials that are used to enhance teeth. What patients do need to know is that restorations will not get whiter, like natural teeth will. This means that an existing restoration that is very visible may need to be replaced if you want to dramatically lift the shade of natural enamel.

Why not just use whitening toothpaste?

Whitening toothpaste has one purpose, and that is to polish surface stains from enamel. There are no whitening ingredients in whitening toothpaste products. This type of toothpaste works by abrading the uppermost layer of enamel. Therefore, brushing with a whitening toothpaste will do very little to remove stains. If anything, use should follow professional whitening to slow the onset of future discoloration.

Are you ready for a more radiant smile? Call Atlanta accredited cosmetic dentist Dr. Flax at ( 404 ) 255-90 8 0.

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