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7 Questions to Ask Before Your Teeth Whitening Treatment

7 Questions to Ask Before Your Teeth Whitening Treatment

Everybody wants a gorgeous “Hollywood smile.” The good news is that there are all kinds of cosmetic dental treatments that can create one for you. One of the most popular cosmetic dental solutions that many choose is the most affordable one: professional teeth whitening. Indeed, even if your teeth are not perfectly straight, as long as they are pearly white, you can be confident in your smile. 

Currently, there are many teeth whitening solutions available on the market. You have different kinds of whitening toothpastes, baking soda and hydrogen peroxide, whitening ampoules, and home whitening devices.

However, if you want instantaneous and lasting results, your best option is the professional dental whitening procedure that your dentist can perform. In a single session, you can expect to see a significant improvement in the color of your teeth. 

It's important to note that there are a few factors to consider to ensure the full success of the treatment. As such, asking questions before you undergo the procedure is a must.

The 7 Questions to Ask Your Dentist About Teeth Whitening

1. Will it hurt?

This is the most common concern for most people when it comes to any dental treatment. It is also something you should ask your dentist when you are seriously considering teeth whitening.

The honest answer here is that for some people, the entire procedure is painless. Typically, those whose teeth are in tip-top shape do not experience any discomfort at all. But there are some who experience mild discomfort during the treatment. Quite often, those who naturally have sensitive teeth say there's a noticeably strange sensation.

Generally, the treatment is not supposed to be painful, but if you have sensitive teeth, we recommend switching to a toothpaste made specially for sensitive teeth at least a week before getting the treatment. The pain blockers of this toothpaste’s formula can minimize the discomfort

If you still feel concerned, however, we can recommend a pain reliever that you can take prior to the treatment.

2. What kind of discoloration do I have?

There are two kinds of teeth discoloration: intrinsic and extrinsic. The conventional teeth whitening treatment can only take care of extrinsic discoloration or stains on the surface of the teeth caused by smoking and drinking coffee, dark colas, and dark teas frequently.

Intrinsic discoloration, on the other hand, requires a different cosmetic dental solution because the cause of this discoloration comes from way underneath the surface. This dental issue is often the result of an illness or a mouth injury. For this, the best solution available is the application of porcelain veneers.

3. Is there a preparation method to follow?

Before getting your teeth whitened, we recommend a cleaning or oral prophylaxis. And, if you have cavities, it's best to get a cavity filling first. 

Also, if you are a smoker, we strongly recommend quitting the habit. This is not only because it will worsen the discoloration of your teeth, but smoking is an activity you should not engage in after getting your teeth whitened. It will make your teeth quite sensitive.

4. How sensitive will my teeth be after the treatment?

Bearably sensitive.

Dentin hypersensitivity is common after a teeth whitening treatment because of the open enamel pores. This completely goes away after 48 hours. However, to prevent greater discomfort, we advise that you be quite gentle when brushing your teeth with toothpaste formulated for sensitive teeth. Likewise, avoid breathing through your mouth.

Do avoid drinking beverages that are cold or warm as well. It's best for your drinks to be at room temperature and to consume these through a straw.

5. How long will the results last?

If you are always able to stay on top of your oral care routine, the beautiful result of a single session of teeth whitening can last up to three years. But if you refuse to give up teeth-staining habits such as drinking dark beverages (coffee, black tea, wine, and dark colas) and smoking, you will have to get your teeth re-whitened every six months.

6. How can I make sure the results last for as long as possible?

When it comes to preserving the gorgeous appearance of your professionally whitened teeth, there truly is no better method than to observe consistent and thorough oral hygiene: Brush, floss, and rinse. 

It will also help greatly if you use home touch-up kits which are now available from pharmacies. In addition, avoid consuming staining foods and beverages often.

Lastly, visit your dentist once or twice a year for oral prophylaxis and checkup. This is to make sure that no cavities are forming and that you don't have any buildup that may lead to periodontal disease.

7. When can I have my teeth whitened again?

Most dental patients just need to have their teeth whitened once a year. But, as mentioned earlier, if you are committed to proper oral care and you have good dental habits, your next teeth whitening treatment can be scheduled after three years.

Creating the Smile You Want

When it comes to cosmetic dental treatments that can help you achieve the smile of your dreams, NOA Dental has them all. Set an appointment through our website or contact us through our offices today. Our commitment is to create the best smiles for our patients.