Questions About Tooth Whitening

Albertville and Gadsden, Alabama

Is tooth whitening safe for my teeth?

Yes. Professional in-office tooth whitening systems are very safe and provide excellent results with minimal sensitivity.

Why are my teeth discolored?

Teeth become dull, stained, or discolored for a number of reasons.

First, dulling and yellowing are a natural part of the aging process. The dentin inside of your teeth is yellow. As we age, the enamel that covers this dentin begins to thin. Eventually, your dentin may start to show through, giving your teeth a yellowed look.

Second, your personal habits can stain your teeth. Smoking or chewing tobacco can cause your teeth to become discolored, as can certain foods and drinks such as dark berries, coffee, tea, soda, or red wine.

Thirdly, all vital teeth have an internal blood supply. Iron from your blood supply can make its way into your tooth structure and undergo a chemical reaction called oxidation. When this happens, the iron in the tooth structure assumes a brownish-yellowish color and may show through the tooth. This results in the staining of the tooth. This is a natural process that happens in all of our teeth and can be reversed with tooth whitening treatment.

Finally, your teeth can be stained on the inside. This is called intrinsic staining. Intrinsic staining is often caused during childhood while your teeth are still developing. Tetracycline use and over-exposure to fluoride are common causes of intrinsic staining.

Why should I use professional tooth whitening instead of over-the-counter tooth whitening products?

White, bright teeth have become the norm, and as a result, we are inundated with over-the-counter tooth whitening products. Some of these products may safely produce some limited whitening effect. However, none of them can give you the quality results and the doctor’s support you get while you undergo our professional tooth whitening treatment.

Over-the-counter tooth whitening products use a less concentrated whitening gel, can give very inconsistent results with some teeth whitened more than others, and they are more likely to cause sensitivity and pain.

Albertville cosmetic dentists Dr. Jonathan Renfroe and Dr. Josh Conley use the most advanced whitening system on the market to provide you with exceptional results that will last much longer than over-the-counter kits.

What does tooth whitening cost?

Tooth whitening is one of the most rewarding treatments in cosmetic dentistry. If you are looking for a quick, affordable way to improve the appearance of your smile, tooth whitening may be the ideal solution for you.

How long do the results of tooth whitening last?

There are several factors which affect how long your tooth whitening results will last. In order to maintain your results for as long as possible, it is important to engage in good oral hygiene practices such as brushing and flossing, and you should visit our dentists at least twice a year for a regular cleaning. Furthermore, limiting your consumption of staining substances such as coffee, red wine, and tobacco will prolong the results. Finally, you need to do a once monthly at-home touch-up procedure using the custom-made bleaching tray we made for you to maintain that dazzling shade of white.

Please contact our Albertville cosmetic dentists today to schedule your initial appointment. Wall Street Dentistry serves clients in the Albertville and Gadsden, Alabama area.