Goshen Teeth Whitening
Getting ready to take the whitening plunge? There’s nothing to worry about: teeth whitening is both comfortable and low-commitment. Patients with any questions about the process should read up on exactly what happens during Goshen teeth whitening. We’ve put together some handy whitening tips to help you get better acquainted with treatment, and whether it’s the right option for you.
Can I whiten my teeth?
While teeth whitening is a fairly universal treatment and appropriate for most patients, there are some stains that superficial whitening won’t resolve. If the stains are intrinsic, they were formed during tooth development, and are within the tooth’s dentin. These stains can’t be whitened with hydrogen peroxide, and require porcelain veneers, dental bonding, or porcelain crowns to cover the offending teeth.
Extrinsic stains are far more common, and far easier to whiten! They can be bleached with standard whitening treatment.
What happens during whitening?
First, we will apply protective coverings to your gums, and retract your lips slightly so that the hydrogen peroxide doesn’t affect anything other than your teeth. Then, we’ll apply the whitening agent to your teeth. Once the hydrogen peroxide begins reacting with oxygen, it breaks up the stains within your enamel, leading to a whiter smile.
How long will results last?
This varies for every patient, but results can last for years with home touch-ups. If you take care to avoid stain-producing foods and drinks, you can also help prevent yellowing of your smile. The top cause of stains? Tobacco use. If you quit your habit, you’ll be serving your overall health, your skin, and your smile.
Is it best to whiten in the office?
There are a few different whitening options, and in-office happens to be the most immediately effective. If you’re comfortable with more gradual results, then it’s fine to whiten at home with a kit we will provide. Just get in touch to learn more!