Teeth Whitening Q & A
What causes teeth to become dingy, yellowed and stained?
Teeth can become dull, yellow, or stained from a variety of reasons. The most common causes of tooth staining and discoloration comes from the foods and beverages we eat such as coffee, tea, berries, red wine and deeply-colored spices. These foods and beverages contain pigments that stain teeth, and food coloring in prepared food can also cause discoloration. Foods high in certain acids, including citrus fruits, can temporarily cause enamel to soften, making it easier for stains to penetrate. Tobacco use is also a common cause yellow or brown stains. Poor oral hygiene habits can also contribute to a dingy, dull appearance.
What happens during the whitening process?
During the whitening process the teeth will first be cleansed to remove debris, excess plaque or tartar, that would otherwise block the bleaching solutions. Once the teeth are cleaned, a professional grade hydrogen peroxide whitening gel is then applied to the teeth. An LED light is directed at the gel covered teeth for about 15 minutes to fully activate the whitening components. The gel will be removed and the teeth should appear to be whiter and brighter immediately. The Zoom teeth whitening system is a popular option at Richboro Dental Excellence because it can whiten teeth an average of nine shades, and it is done in a single office visit. In-office teeth whitening procedures may be more costly than at-home whitening, but the results can be truly dramatic.
Will teeth whitening make my teeth sensitive?
Teeth whitening treatments can make your teeth a little more sensitive to hot or cold temperatures, but the effect is only temporary and will quickly resolve once treatment is complete. In the first 12-24 hours following treatment, it is advised to avoid consuming foods and beverages that cause staining, such as colas or coffee, and to refrain from smoking. Daily brushing and flossing should be continued as normal.