Teeth Whitening Specialist

Columbia Dental

Cosmetic Dentistry & Family Dentistry located in Hamilton, NJ & Elizabeth, NJ

Teeth Whitening Q & A

How Does Teeth Whitening Work?

Discoloration on your teeth can come from various different sources, including food, tobacco, or certain beverages. Whitening treatments break apart the molecules stuck on your teeth which cause these stains. For this reaction to happen, your dentist will apply a whitening gel and specially formatted lights onto your teeth, both of which make your smile whiter and brighter.

Are There Any Negative Consequences to Teeth Whitening?

Studies have proven that teeth whitening is safe, specifically if the procedure is completed by a dental professional. Our whitening treatments use the most advanced and effective techniques, which cause no permanent damage to your enamel or other tooth structures. While the treatment should not harm your teeth, tooth whitening often does cause temporary tooth sensitivity. During this period of sensitivity, you may have discomfort from hot or cold foods and drinks. Any sensitivity you experience as a result of your treatment, however, should fade within 48 hours, and you should feel no long-term sensitivity.

How Long Does Teeth Whitening Last?

The amount of time teeth whitening lasts varies based on your lifestyle choices. For example, if you expose your teeth to staining foods and drinks, the whiteness may fade within months after treatment. Whitening can also last for many years, however, if you choose to avoid smoking, avoid staining foods and drinks, such as coffee, and attend regular dental visits.

Does Teeth Whitening Affect Other Dental Appliances?

Whitening agents will only lighten your natural tooth structures, meaning other dental appliances, such as fillings, crowns, veneers, and bridges will not whiten. Therefore, if your previous dental appliances are visible, they will appear as a different shade than surrounding teeth because your natural teeth have lightened. If you plan to maintain a tooth whitening routine, you may need to consider replacing your dental work to match the color of your whitened teeth.

How Should I Prepare for A Tooth Whitening Treatment?

Teeth whitening treatments are most effective when your teeth are free of plaque and tartar. This means you should be attending your regular dental visits, and consider receiving your cleaning on the same day as your whitening treatment. Your whitening treatment should last about one hour, so you can prepare by bringing in music or other entertainment for that hour.