3 Things to Know About Teeth Whitening

Teeth whitening is the most popular cosmetic dentistry procedure that we offer here at Centennial Dental Center. Whether you want to use an over-the-counter whitening option like whitening strips, or you want to have them professionally whitened by our staff, there are some things to know beforehand. Read on to learn more.

It’s Not Permanent

Although in a perfect world, teeth whitening would be a kind of one and done thing, it does require some upkeep. Right after you get your teeth professionally whitened by our staff, you will enjoy a bright white smile for weeks to come, but after you drink beverages like coffee, dark soda, and tea, your teeth will visibly darken.

It Can Cause Sensitivity

Not everyone who gets their teeth professionally whitened will experience tooth sensitivity, but it’s safe to say that many of our patients do. The good thing to know about tooth sensitivity caused by whitening is that it will go away over time and it can be treated with a simple, over-the-counter toothpaste like Sensodyne.

It Can’t Fix All Stains

Professional and over-the-counter teeth whitening can help get rid of surface stains, but they can’t fix all stained teeth. For instance, if your teeth are tinged a gray color due to an antibiotic like tetracycline, we won’t be able to whiten your teeth. However, there are alternative ways to get whiter teeth with something like dental veneers which porcelain onlays that are applied over your existing teeth.

Having a brighter, whiter smile can easily transform your appearance and your self-esteem in a matter of minutes. By learning more about what you can expect afterward, you can have more realistic expectations. If you would like to learn more about teeth whitening or if you would like to schedule an appointment with our office, contact Centennial Dental Center today!