Teeth whitening is one of the best ways to restore your bright smile. At Owego Dental, many of our patients ask us about whether it would be possible for them to get their teeth whitened.
There are generally no contraindications to teeth whitening. We might, however, advise against it in some people. People might respond differently to teeth whitening. Those with teeth that aren’t deeply stained will achieve better results with whitening than their counterparts. At Owego Dental, we’ll take a look at your teeth and tell you what we think would be best.
Why do our teeth become stained? The things we eat and drink have chemicals in them that can stain our teeth. Coffee, for example, contains chromogens. Chromogens are also found in tea and sodas. They’re great contributors to dental staining. Through teeth whitening, we can remove these stains to restore the natural luster and brightness of teeth.
Teeth whitening can be done quickly or gradually. We prefer to whiten patients’ teeth gradually. This will require multiple short visits. If you have a wedding or important meeting coming up, we can also whiten your teeth quickly in a single session.
Patients sometimes have many questions after whitening their teeth. For example, how long will the effects last? Teeth whitening isn’t permanent. It’s not something that will protect your teeth or prevent them from getting stained again. It’s just a way of removing stains.
The best way to keep your teeth white is to brush them as recommended. You should also avoid drinking too much coffee, tea, and soda. Cigarettes are very effective at staining teeth. Cutting back on cigarettes or stopping them altogether will help keep your teeth bright and stain free.
We also like our patients to know that whitening doesn’t work on dental products. If you have veneers, crowns, or others, they won’t respond to teeth whitening and will most likely need to be replaced.