A cosmetic dentist has a background in general dentistry but focuses their efforts on procedures outside the realm of routine care. Instead, their focus tends to be on the form of the mouth, such as how the teeth and/or gums appear. Although there is a common misconception that cosmetic dentists only care about looks, they…
Professional Teeth Whitening FAQs
Professional teeth whitening is a common treatment that patients choose in order to brighten their smile and improve the way their teeth look. Whitening can help boost one’s confidence, as well as act as a motivator to maintain good oral health.
Learning about professional teeth whitening can educate patients, as well as help them decide whether the treatment is for them. While almost everyone is eligible for the treatment, there are important things to consider beforehand.
FAQs: Professional teeth whitening
Talking with a general dentist about common questions regarding teeth whitening can be helpful for patients considering the treatment. Below, we go over some of the most frequently asked questions and answers.
1. Is it safe?
Professional teeth whitening is safe in moderation! Most general dentists have strict guidelines for teeth whitening. They only allow a certain number of treatments per year to ensure that the teeth remain strong. Because the chemical makeup within a whitening treatment can be so harsh, it is important that it is used in moderation so that enamel stripping does not take place.
2. Who can administer professional teeth whitening?
Patients can have their teeth whitened by general dentists, as well as cosmetic ones. Almost every general dentistry office offers professional teeth whitening services, whether in office or with take-home trays.
Cosmetic dentists specialize in professional teeth whitening because it is a way to transform the teeth and improve the way they look. However, general dentists are trained to also administer the treatment safely and efficiently.
3. How long will professional teeth whitening last?
This varies per patient, but for the most part, general dentists state that professional teeth whitening can last anywhere from a few weeks to a few months. Most patients will only need whitening treatment a few times a year to see positive results.
4. How should I care for my teeth after teeth whitening?
General dentists recommend the following tips for patients once they have completed a teeth whitening treatment:
- Avoid coffee, wines and dark drinks
- Brush regularly
- Use a whitening toothpaste or mouthwash a couple of times a week
- Maintain check-up appointments with a general dentist
5. Will the results be instant?
This again varies per patient! However, most people are able to notice immediate results from their professional teeth whitening. General dentists have access to strong and effective products, which almost always produce instant results.
Professional teeth whitening services
Talking with a general dentist about professional teeth whitening is the first step toward the treatment. It is important to undergo an evaluation prior to the treatment, as well as have the chance to ask questions.
If you would like to get started with professional teeth whitening, then reach out to us. Our team of general dentists has the professionals who will do their best to help you in any way that they can. Give us a call or stop by our office today!
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