Is whitening safe?
Yes. Whitening does not soften, demineralize or weaken the teeth. However, you do want to whiten in moderation.
What are the side effects of whitening?
Most whitening gel causes some degree of tooth sensitivity. The gel can cause sensitivity to cold/hot fluids and even air. This is normal and an expected side effect. We recommend rinsing with a fluoride mouth rinse after whitening to help alleviate some of the discomfort. You may also use a hydroxyapatite toothpaste to help relieve sensitivity.
Is over-the-counter whitening effective?
There are several over-the-counter options for tooth whitening including gels, chewing gum, rinses, toothpastes and strips. The ADA has published a list of accepted over-the-counter whitening products to help consumers choose appropriate products. These products will not yield drastic results, and most need to be used for a prolonged period of time.
What is take-home whitening?
Cross Plains Dental offers a take-home whitening kit that is custom made to fit your teeth. At the first appointment we take upper and lower impressions of the teeth that are used to fabricate the whitening trays. As soon as a day later, you will have a whitening kit that includes your trays, a case for your trays, and the whitening gel. We will go over instructions with you including how to place the gel in the trays, how long to wear trays, and when to do touch-ups.
How long does it take to whiten teeth?
Results will vary. Some teeth whiten dramatically in just a few days, while others can take a few weeks. The majority of people whiten within 1-2 weeks. Teeth that have more of a yellow color whiten better than gray. Gray enamel similar to that of Tetracycline (antibiotic) staining is more difficult to whiten and can take a few months to achieve results.
Will whitening gel lighten my veneers, crowns and resin fillings?
No. Whitening gels only work on natural tooth structure. All dental work would need to be replaced to match the newly whitened teeth.