questions about teeth whitening

Questions About Teeth Whitening

questions about teeth whitening devineServing Brentwood, Belle Meade and Green Hills Areas of Nashville TN

The advancements in teeth whitening mean that brighter, whiter teeth are the new societal norm. No longer is that “Hollywood Smile” limited to people in Hollywood! At Devine Dentistry, you can achieve the beautiful, white smile you desire through our professional teeth whitening treatments. The best part is that the procedure can take place during your lunch break!

We have provided answers to the most frequently asked questions regarding teeth whitening.

Why should I have a professional whitening treatment, rather than purchase a whitening kit from the store?

This can be difficult to convince some patients, but those over-the-counter whitening strips and treatments you find so affordable are usually full of empty promises! They may work somewhat for patients with minimal staining on their teeth, but the results simply will not last as long as professional treatments. So, if you are looking for something more long-term, professional treatments are the way to go.

Still not convinced?

Consider this – store-bought whitening agents simply are not as safe in comparison to the in-office type. What we mean is that those common whitening strips are designed as a one-size-fits-all strip, it is not a custom fit. Therefore, there is a good chance that the whitening gel will leak onto your gums, causing sensitivity, and you risk swallowing it since those strips do not stay in place. With custom treatments, we avoid this mess and irritation. Plus, professional whitening treatments are monitored at our office to ensure it is safe!

Is teeth whitening safe?

Yes. Our professional in-office whitening treatments have been proven safe.

What causes teeth to become discolored?

Teeth are susceptible to staining from the foods and beverages that we consume such as coffee, wine, berries, tea, and the like. Also, using tobacco products or smoking most assuredly will cause teeth to become dingy or yellow. Other times, simply the natural aging process is to blame. There is also what we refer to as intrinsic stains that can be caused by taking tetracycline (a common antibiotic), typically causing teeth to appear greyish from inside the teeth. Most store-bought products will not do anything to improve intrinsic stains.

How much does a professional whitening treatment cost? 

Teeth whitening is the most affordable cosmetic dentistry option available. Since a professional treatment will last much longer than what you will get from the store-bought kind, your money will be well spent to side with the professional route. We can provide you with the total cost for your teeth whitening procedure during a one-on-one consultation with Dr. Devine.

How long do the results of a professional teeth-whitening treatment last?

Length of results will vary entirely based on your lifestyle choices and oral health regimen. Try avoiding foods and beverages that cause teeth to stain, and stopping the use of tobacco products should help prolong your results. Keep in mind that good oral hygiene is also helpful. Remember to brush and floss regularly, as well as visit the dentist twice a year for dental cleanings.

Want to learn more about our teeth whitening treatments? Just contact our office by calling (615) 269-4209 today!

Devine Dentistry is proud to provide total oral care for patients in the middle Tennessee communities of Belle Meade, Green Hills, and Nashville.