If dark tooth discoloration has caused your confidence to suffer, you can restore a bright smile with your cosmetic dentist in Jacksonville. With a professional whitening treatment, your teeth will become several shades whiter using a highly concentrated bleaching agent. While you look forward to a bright smile, you still have plenty of questions. During your consultation for the procedure, there are a few key questions to ask your dentist.
Will Teeth Whitening Treatments Damage My Teeth?
When used according to the manufacturer’s guidelines and when performed by a trained professional, a whitening treatment will not damage your teeth. Your dentist will safely and effectively whiten your teeth while also taking the necessary steps to reduce any irritation to your gum tissue.
Can Whitening Treatments Bleach My Restorations?
Whitening treatments will not damage your fillings or crowns. In some cases, they can lighten restoration materials; however, the results may not be as drastic as the changes that will occur with your enamel.
Will My Teeth Be Sensitive?
Several improvements over the years have reduced the occurrence of tooth sensitivity after whitening treatments. You may still experience some slight discomfort, but it will quickly dissipate in a couple of days.
How Long Will My Results Last?
With the right aftercare, your smile can stay bright for several years. To help protect your investment, it is best to stick to a whitening diet for the first couple of days after your treatment. The pores in your enamel will be opened, which means that stains can seep in. To prevent this, only eat foods that are white in color, like plain yogurt and bananas.
To prevent new stains from developing, it is important to maintain your oral hygiene and regular appointments with your dentist for a cleaning and checkup. In addition, limit your consumption of darkly pigmented foods and drinks, like coffee, tea, and berries. If you have them, brush your teeth immediately after or rinse your mouth with water.
If discoloration starts to appear, your Jacksonville cosmetic dentist can provide you with a touch-up kit.
Is Bleaching Safe for Everyone?
In most cases, teeth whitening is safe; however, you cannot have any untreated dental conditions, like tooth decay or gum disease. In addition, it is not recommended for children or those with certain medical conditions.
How Long Will It Take to See Results?
With an in-office treatment, your teeth will be several shades whiter after just one treatment. If you choose a take-home kit, you will achieve professional quality results in about two weeks.
Revamp Your Smile Today
If you are ready to reveal a brighter smile, it is time to see if teeth whitening is right for you.
About Dr. Scott Wagner
Dr. Scott Wagner is a trusted choice for high-quality dental care. In addition to his dental degree, he has completed more than 100 hours of continued education in general, restorative, and cosmetic dentistry. If you are ready to improve your smile, he can help. Contact our office today to schedule your consultation.