At Edison Dental, we are dedicated to providing you with premier dental services. You can turn to us for everything from dental veneers to teeth cleaning. Read on to learn more about our dental whitening services.
What is Dental Whitening?
Dental whitening is a cosmetic procedure to bleach a patient’s teeth to make them appear whiter, masking or removing previous stains and discoloration. Dental whitening is routine and is performed by most dentists.
The enamel on our teeth builds up stains over time, and those who have significant discoloration due to using tobacco, drinking coffee and tea or not practicing poor oral hygiene often choose to have a dental whitening.
Teeth whitening is also often performed on patients whose teeth are discolored from the inside. Such is discoloration is called an intrinsic stain and can be brought about by various causes including environmental factors and trauma.
Am I Eligible for Teeth Whitening?
While there are no strict rules concerning who is eligible for dental whitening, it is generally not recommended for patients with excessively worn enamel, periodontal disease or who experience chronic sensitivity. Dental whitening is not effective for crowns or veneers.
Additionally, while dental whitening can be very effective, the relative success of a particular procedure will vary from one person to another depending on the severity and cause of the staining.
Talk to your dentist about any questions or concerns. Our trusted teeth whitening dentists serve the communities in the Edison, New Brunswick and Plainfield areas.
Is There Anything I Need to Do to Prepare for a Dental Whitening?
Before a dental whitening, your dentist will examine your teeth to determine the cause of the staining or discoloration. Any cavities or decay will need to be treated before whitening; otherwise, the whitening solution may penetrate into the inner surface of the tooth through the cavity.
How Does the Procedure Work?
There are two different kinds of dental whitening: vital whitening, which is done on teeth with live nerves, and non-vital whitening, which is done on teeth that do not have live nerves due to root canal treatment.
Vital whitening can be done in the dentist’s office, at home, or a combination of the two. In-office whitening usually requires 1-to-3 appointments, with each visit taking 30-to-90 minutes. The number and length of time will depend on the severity of the stains, how white you want your teeth to be, and the method of whitening used.
Most commonly, your dentist will apply a whitening solution containing some form of hydrogen peroxide to your teeth. A specialized light or laser will be used to activate the whitening solution, expediting the process.
If doing an in-home whitening, your dentist will provide you with customized mouthpieces based on impressions of your upper and lower teeth. You will fill the mouthpieces with a whitening solution provided by your dentist, and wear them for a few hours each day following your dentist’s instructions.
How Long Will the New Color Last?
Based on your specialist’s recommendations and your desired results, in-home whitening can last anywhere from a few days to 3-to-4 weeks. Keep in mind that in-office and in-home whitening are often used in combination.
Vital whitening may not improve the appearance of teeth without living nerves. With a non-vital whitening, your dentist will inject a whitening agent into the tooth and place a temporary filling over it. The tooth will be left this way for a few days, and the procedure can be repeated based on the color desired.
The whitening is not permanent, and stains will begin to accumulate again after the procedure. It can be performed over again as the stains return. Consult your teeth whitening dentist to schedule regular check-ups and for ways to help maintain the health and color of your teeth.
Are There Risks or Side Effects?
Though whitening may be followed by feelings of sensitivity or gum irritation for a short time, serious side effects are rare. Contact your dentist if experiencing any pain or discomfort. Dental whitening is generally not recommended for pregnant patients.
Our team at Edison Dental proudly serve the communities in the Edison, New Brunswick and Plainfield areas. If you wish to schedule an appointment or are in need of a 24-hour dentist, we encourage you to call us today at 732-410-6294!