Whitening your teeth is a great way to improve your appearance and self-esteem. However, you should know what you’re getting into before you start the process. Here are six things you should learn about teeth whitening to ease your mind and make your treatments more successful.
1. Whitening Doesn’t Hurt Enamel
There’s a big misconception out there that bleaching your teeth hurts the enamel by burning through it. Luckily, this simply isn’t true. The bleach cannot penetrate the tooth. Instead, it just removes surface stains on the tooth. Some people do experience temporary sensitivity to temperature and pressure, but these side effects aren’t because your teeth are losing enamel. They’re just small side effects of the bleaching solution.
2. You Need to Avoid Certain Foods
With its stain-removing power, one way bleach does affect your teeth is by making them more porous for about 48 hours after a treatment. This means your teeth will be more susceptible to picking up stains during this time. Therefore, you’ll need to avoid tea, coffee, wine, and other staining foods to prevent your teeth from sucking up the dark colors of these liquids.
3. Whitening Doesn’t Work on Everyone
Overall, whitening is generally a very successful process. However, for people with veneers, crowns, or other fillings, it won’t be effective. This is because the bleach doesn’t work on the porcelain construction of these restorations.
4. It Doesn’t Last Forever
Wouldn’t it be great if a few whitening treatments could keep your teeth pearly white for the rest of your life? Unfortunately, due to stains from foods, smoking, and just aging, your teeth will return to the color they were before. Results typically last for up to three years and can be lengthened if you take care of your teeth and avoid staining foods.
5. Flossing Is Just as Important as Brushing
You might think you only need to brush your teeth to keep them white. After all, flossing just gets the parts of your teeth that no one can see, so it’s not as important, right? Wrong. You need to keep your teeth in good health to have lasting results, and flossing is a huge part of that.
6. You Can Choose Instant or At-Home Treatments
The great thing about whitening is that there’s an option for everyone. You can go to a dentist to get your teeth professionally whitened in just one session, or you can use an at-home whitening kit. Mann Family Dental offers a prescription take-home teeth whitening kit called Opalescence. It is the leading prescription take-home teeth whitener and cannot be found over the counter.
Ready to take your whitening to the next level? Schedule an appointment with Dr. Mann today to learn more about your whitening options.