Professional Teeth Whitening FAQ

People choose to have professional teeth-whitening treatments because they want to love the way their smiles look. When properly cared for, the results attained with a professional whitening treatment can last for several years.

5 FAQ About Professional Teeth Whitening

1. What Causes the Outside of the Teeth to Become Discolored?

Dark-colored berries as well as drinks like wine, coffee and tea can stain the teeth. Since these stains are external, they can be addressed with professional whitening treatments.

2. Could Dental Problems be Causing My Tooth Discoloration?

Yes, staining can occur due to problems associated with a root canal, decay, the death of a tooth or some other type of dental issue. Prior to addressing the discoloration, the cause for the color change must be determined and then treated.

Unlike external stains, internal stains cannot be treated with professional whitening treatments. Treatments frequently recommended for internal staining include bonding or veneers.

3. Will Professional Teeth Whitening Negatively Affect My Existing Dental Work?

In the majority of cases, professional whitening procedures have no effect on existing dental work. Ceramic dental material and composite resins have their color baked into them, which is why the chemicals used during the bleaching process do not affect them. The only real concern is whether the natural teeth and dental restorations will match once the teeth whitening procedure is complete. For this reason, most patients with existing dental work opt for veneers or bonding as a means to brighten their smile.

4. What Type of Maintenance is Involved with Teeth Whitening?

Since tooth enamel can be stained, maintaining a brighter, whiter smile will require periodic professional whitening treatments.

5. How Long Will My Results Last?

How fast staining or discoloration reoccurs depends greatly on the structure of your teeth and your lifestyle. For instance, if you smoke, your teeth will dull much quicker after your professional whitening treatment than they would if you had stopped smoking. In addition, if you drink a lot of tea, wine or coffee and eat dark-colored foods like beets and berries, staining will result; however, there are strategies you can incorporate into your everyday life to prolong your professional teeth-whitening results.

If you reside in or around Hilliard, Ohio, let us help you brighten your smile with professional teeth-whitening treatments, porcelain veneers or bonding. Schedule your appointment today by contacting Fishinger Dental at 614-771-6060 or use our online form by clicking here.

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