Nothing can compare to a sparkling white smile. It radiates a brilliance that can light up a room, brighten a day, and make an unforgettable first impression. Unfortunately, time, habits, health conditions, and other factors can steal the brilliance from your pearly whites, leaving you with a dark, dingy, yellowish, or brownish smile. Professional teeth whitening is a simple, inexpensive, convenient solution for most people.
Our most important consideration is always your health and safety. This is rarely a concern with whitening, because the procedure is exceptionally safe when performed properly. However, it is not recommended for pregnant women.
Tooth sensitivity and zingers (sharp pains in your teeth) are a more common concern. While they are not dangerous, they are certainly not desirable side effects. Untreated cavities or excessive tooth wear may require treatment prior to whitening, because these conditions can expose sensitive inner layers of the tooth. To ensure that your treatment is comfortable as possible, they type or strength of the product may be adjusted if you are prone to sensitivity.
Will it work?
Although teeth whitening is safe for virtually anyone, it may not be the most effective solution in every situation. Some of the most common issues include:
- Dental restorations – Porcelain, zirconia, resin, and other dental materials do not respond to teeth whitening formulas. Therefore, if you have visible restorations, they would remain the same color while the surrounding tooth enamel lightened. If you are unhappy with the color of your smile, you may need to update old dental work with new, lighter-colored, natural looking cosmetic materials.
- Cavities – Whiteners are formulated for tooth enamel. If you have untreated deep cavities, exposing inner tooth layers or nerves, teeth whitening could become a painful experience.
- Intrinsic staining – Most stains begin on the surface, and gradually penetrate the porous enamel. Bleaching gels applied to the surface also penetrate the enamel, eradicating common discoloration. However, intrinsic staining is inside of the tooth, and therefore it may not respond to bleaching. Porcelain veneers can cover those stains, and correct other cosmetic issues as well.
- Naturally dark tooth color – In youth, our teeth are generally very bright and even-toned. However, even before discoloration begins, some people have a darker enamel color than others. If you want ultra-white teeth, veneers may be a better option.
Let us help you reveal your brightest, most beautiful smile. Call 571-312-4111 and schedule a consultation at Columbia Pike Family Dentistry in Arlington to learn about your best teeth whitening options.