Teeth Whitening

External tooth whitening happens when vital teeth are bleached by direct contact with a safe and commonly used whitening agent.

Teeth whitening remains one of the most economical ways to enhance your smile. Your smile creates an immediate, subconscious, visual impact on people you meet. A brighter smile gives the impression of youth, vitality, radiant health, happiness, and warmth. A bright smile is perceived as a healthy smile. Be sure to consult with Dr. Robert T. Golia and team to learn which whitening treatment is best for you.

Causes of Tooth Discoloration

Deciduous (baby) teeth are typically whiter than the adult teeth that appear later. As we age, our adult teeth often become darker, yellower, or stained. This is partly why white teeth make people appear more youthful.

Just as there are a number of ways to lighten or brighten teeth, there are also several different ways for teeth to become discolored. The main causes of darkened teeth are genetics, antibiotics, and certain foods, plus teeth tend to darken as we age. Internal tooth discoloration is caused by changes in the enamel of the tooth and the dentin. The main causes of internal tooth discoloration are exposed to high levels of fluoride, tetracycline, use of antibiotics as a child, developmental disorders, tooth decay, restorations, root canal issues, and trauma.

External tooth discoloration is caused by factors outside the body, mainly foods and tobacco. The main causes of external tooth yellowing are smoking, foods with tannins, coffee, tea, carrots, oranges, and other foods.

In-Office Teeth Whitening

Professional tooth whitening in a dental office is the preferred whitening method because even though stronger agents are applied, the rest of the mouth, including the gums, is protected from these materials. The best whitening systems feature a buffer in the gel that protects the tooth enamel from damage, are extremely effective, and can transform teeth in a single office visit. Your teeth can literally brighten up to 10 shades in about an hour.

In-office whitening affects only the front eight teeth and is a great jump start for take-home whitening, which is always part of an effective whitening program.

Dr. Robert T. Golia is highly qualified to handle any issues that may arise from whitening treatments, such as tooth sensitivity. Today, most tooth sensitivity cases are easily managed.

Tooth whitening can last for one or more years, depending on how well you take care of your teeth, and if you’re following up regularly with a home whitening product for regular maintenance.

Benefits of Teeth Whitening

Teeth whitening is one of the most common cosmetic treatments requested by patients. Dr. Robert T. Golia can help patients achieve a whiter smile that looks natural, enhancing their overall facial aesthetic. People with whiter, brighter smiles tend to smile more and feel better about their overall appearance. A simple, minimally invasive cosmetic procedure, teeth whitening can help patients look and feel more youthful. Call Golia Dental to schedule your teeth whitening consultation and learn how you can have a more confident and beautiful smile.

 

*Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary from person to person.

Common Questions

Why are my teeth yellow when I brush them everyday?

Unfortunately, yellow teeth are part of the normal aging process. Many patients are under the impression that yellowing is a sign that they’re not caring for their teeth properly, but this is rarely the case. When we get older, our enamel naturally begins to thin and the size of the tooth nerve gets smaller, which makes teeth appear more yellow.

WHAT IS THE BEST WAY TO WHITEN MY TEETH?

An When it comes to teeth whitening, in-office treatments are the gold standard. The whitening agents we use are stronger than store-bought options and we take steps to protect enamel and soft tissue from damage. That said, every patient has unique needs and concerns. For some, a take-home whitening kit is sufficient. In other cases, bonding, veneers, or a crown may be the best solution.accordion content area

WHAT ARE THE RISKS OF TEETH WHITENING?

In-office whitening treatments are a low-risk procedure, but some patients may experience soft tissue irritation and temporary tooth sensitivity. These risks are higher with over-the-counter whitening treatments. Overuse of whitening can damage teeth long term.

DO WHITENING TREATMENTS DAMAGE TEETH?

In-office whitening treatments do not damage teeth, their nerves, or dental restorations. However, it is true that store-bought over-the-counter treatments can damage enamel and cause soft-tissue irritation, particularly when overused. Whitening treatments done without the supervision of a dentist may also damage bonding and dental restorations.

HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO WHITEN TEETH?

If you opt for in-office whitening treatments, you’ll see dramatic results––up to 10 shades lighter––in about an hour. With an at-home whitening kit, your treatment time will vary, but it’s typically no longer than two weeks.

IS TEETH WHITENING PERMANENT?

While teeth whitening treatments are not permanent, there are steps you can take to make them last longer. Stop smoking and limit red wine, tea, and coffee. When you do drink any of these, brush or rinse your mouth––or, if you’re not at home, drink water afterwards. Every patient is unique, but whitening treatments can last up to three years with proper maintenance.

WHAT CAN I DO TO MAINTAIN MY WHITER TEETH?

In addition to quitting smoking and limiting the consumption of red wine, tea, and coffee, you should brush twice a day for two minutes and floss every day. Use an ADA-approved whitening toothpaste once or twice a week to remove surface stains and use our at-home whitening kit as advised.

DOES INSURANCE PAY FOR TEETH WHITENING?

Teeth whitening is a cosmetic treatment, so dental insurance does not cover the cost.

CAN TEENAGERS WHITEN THEIR TEETH?

Teeth whitening is not recommended for children, but it is common for teenagers to get their teeth whitened after completing orthodontic treatment, as stains may form around brackets. Whatever the reason for needing whitening, it’s always important that treatment is performed or supervised by a dentist.

HOW CAN I WHITEN A SINGLE TOOTH?

When only a single tooth needs to be whitened, bleaching may not be the best solution. A veneer, crown, or cosmetic bonding could be a better option; during our consultation, we’ll examine the tooth and talk to you about your goals and budget to help you decide which treatment is best for your needs.

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