As we age, our teeth age with us. They pick up staining agents from common foods and beverages which ultimately leave them dull and yellow over time. Luckily, teeth whitening options are available to patients that want a whiter and brighter smile. At Linton Dental, our teeth whitening options will meet and exceed your needs.
We provide take-home teeth whitening kit solutions. Your dentist will create a custom kit for your teeth after taking dental impressions. This ensures that the trays evenly spread the bleaching product over your teeth surfaces so that you get a beautiful and consistent final result.
Teeth Whitening in Peachtree City, GA
Dr. Brian Linton, Dr. Ed Davis, and Dr. Hannah Voelker are your trusted cosmetic dentists in Peachtree City, GA. We are happy to provide you with teeth whitening solutions that are custom for your smile. The following are some questions we get regarding teeth whitening.
Should I use over-the-counter whitening solutions?
You can if you want to. However, we suggest otherwise. Over-the-counter whitening products are a one-size-fits-all approach to teeth whitening. Often, patients who use over-the-counter options come to us afterward because of the blotchy results from the inconsistent distribution of the bleaching product. Seeking professional teeth whitening options can better guarantee that you will receive your ideal results.
Will Whitening Cause Sensitive Teeth?
For some people, teeth whitening can cause temporary sensitivity in their teeth. If you are experiencing tooth sensitivity, it’s best to ask us about what might be causing it. We might recommend a different type of toothpaste that is better for your teeth, or suggest that you stop using tooth whitening products altogether.
There are many reasons why someone might experience tooth sensitivity when they use a whitening product. One of the most common reasons is that they have thin enamel on their natural teeth; which makes them more sensitive than other people’s thicker enamel teeth.
Is teeth whitening a permanent solution to achieving a brighter smile?
No, teeth whitening is not a permanent solution. We are constantly exposing our teeth to staining agents with the foods we eat and the beverages we drink. However, you can whiten your teeth as many times as you want. Many patients may find it beneficial to schedule a teeth-whitening appointment once a year.
What can I do to help my teeth stay white at home?
Beyond brushing and flossing regularly after meals, you can avoid certain foods and beverages to help minimize your tooth’s exposure to staining agents. Beverages like soda, coffee, and tea are among the most common substances that dull the color of your smile. Additionally, berries and tomato sauces can have similar effects.
Should I get a teeth whitening treatment if I have cavities?
Your dentist will generally not recommend that you receive a teeth whitening procedure if you have cavities. The bleaching agent in teeth whitening treatment can irritate or even cause sensitivity in teeth that have decay. If you have tooth cavities, let your dentist treat them before undergoing any teeth whitening procedure.
How long do you have to be careful after teeth whitening?
After teeth whitening it is important that patients do not consume any staining foods or drinks for at least 48 hours. This is because during the first 48 hours after teeth whitening, your teeth are more porous and may become stained easier.
Why do my teeth look more yellow after whitening?
In some cases, after whitening patients teeth may appear yellow. This is typically caused by an underlying medical condition that causes the dentin to have a yellowish hue under the enamel. As your enamel thins from the whitening solution, your teeth may appear more yellow.
What to do before teeth whitening?
It’s important to visit your dentist before beginning any kind of teeth whitening treatment so they can assess the condition of your teeth and gums. Your dentist will also check for any oral health issues that may affect the effectiveness or safety of the treatment. Additionally, you should follow any instructions your dentist gives you to maximize results and minimize possible risks. Lastly, you should maintain good oral hygiene habits during and after treatments such as brushing twice daily with fluoride toothpaste and flossing regularly. This will extend the life of the whitening results.