Question: How long will whitening take?
Answer: You’ll see results right away, usually within three days of starting the whitening process. The complete process normally takes between one and two weeks, but treatment times will vary depending on the source, type, and depth of the discoloration.
Question: How does whitening work?
Answer: Your dentist will first check your teeth and gums to be sure that you begin the treatment in good dental health. Then your dentist will take an impression of your teeth in order to provide you with a custom-fit plastic tray designed to hold the bleaching gel next to your teeth. Following the bleaching program your dentist suggests, you’ll notice the results quickly, as the gentle oxygenating action of the gel begins to whiten your teeth. Your dentist may choose to begin with a short in-office bleaching session.
Question: Is there any discomfort?
Answer: There is little, if any. Some patients might feel an increased sensitivity to cold, heat, or pressure during the whitening process, but this sensitivity ends a day or two after the treatment is completed. Any note of persistent discomfort should be reported to your dentist.
Question: Will whitening damage my teeth?
Answer: Not at all. The whitening process will not affect your enamel, tooth structure, bonding or restorations. Whitening acts only on the molecules that carry the discoloration.
Question: How long will it last?
Answer: Non-smokers who don’t drink coffee or tea often see little or no change over five years. But your own long-term results will depend on your habits and the specific foods you eat. Based on those variables, some patients may require a “touch-up” treatment at regular intervals.
Question: What’s the difference between dentist-supervised and over-the-counter treatments?
Answer: There are many differences, starting with the fact that your teeth and your own dental situation are absolutely unique. Which is why the safety of your treatment requires a dentist’s evaluation and supervision. You’ll also find that custom trays designed by the dentist will fit better and will consequently expel far less bleaching gel than the unsupervised, over-the-counter, one-size-fits-all treatment alternatives.
Question: What if I have more questions?
Answer: Just ask. Our office is well experienced in tooth whitening treatments, and we’ll be happy to answer any questions you may have about the process or the results. Email us or give us a call at (800) LIFE-LIKE.